Introduction to Hernando, Mississippi

Hernando, Mississippi, in De Soto county, is 24 miles S of Memphis, Tennessee. Part of the surrounding Memphis metro area, Hernando is home to some 6,812 residents.

Hernando History

The city was named after Hernando DeSoto, who discovered the Mississippi River in 1541. The city was incorporated in 1840. The first high school of the area was established in 1879. It is in De Soto County, which was founded in 1836.

Hernando and nearby Attractions

  • Addie Baldwin Park
  • Historic Desoto Museum
  • Fuller State Park
  • Chucalissa Archaeological Museum

Things To Do In Hernando

Addie Baldwin Park and Church Park can be visited for their range of recreational facilities. The Historic DeSoto Museum may prove interesting to those who wish to learn more about the history of Hernando. Fuller State Park offers facilities for golf and swimming. It also has scenic picnic areas. The city hosts annual festivals like the A-Fair and the Fall Festival.

Hernando Transportation

Memphis International Airport is nearby.

Hernando Higher Education

Northwest Mississippi Community College, the University of Memphis, Southwest Tennessee Community College-Union Campus and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center are the local centers of higher education.


Total Population 14,723
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 12.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,487
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 54%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.8%
Median Earnings25+ $44,196
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,019
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,091


Median Family Income $84,375
% Above Poverty Level 91.4%
% Below Poverty Level 8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 24%
Median Gross Rent $885
Median House Value $170,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.2%
US/American 0%
English 13.1%
Irish 16.5%

Hernando Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 24 miles S of Memphis, Tennessee
County De Soto
Metro Area Memphis
Standard Zip Codes 38632
Phone Area Codes 662
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.8
Longitude -90.02

Hernando Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station HERNANDO 5 S
Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 50 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 55 inches
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches
Station TUNICA 2
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 48 F
Apr Temp 51 to 72 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 54.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Byhalia 1,342 $26,917
Coldwater 1,167 $30,139
Horn Lake 26,486 $48,508
Olive Branch 34,543 $73,832
Senatobia 8,063 $56,758
Southaven 50,389 $66,653

Hernando Public Libraries

First Regional Library
Hernando, Mississippi
(662) 429-4439
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