Palisades is located on the Northeast Shore of the Ross Barnett Reservoir in Rankin County. Rankin County was established in the 1820's, when 31 residents of Hinds County petitioned the Legislature to divide the County of Hinds and form a new county seat with the center located in Brandon for the convenience of its inhabitants. On February 4, 1828, Rankin County was formed on all portions of Hinds County lying east of the Pearl River. The county was named in memory of the late Honorable Christopher Rankin, a distinguished lawyer and politician who served Mississippi in Congress from 1819 until his death in 1826.
While Rankin County is growing quickly, it still it manages to maintain its rural flavor. Generations of farmers have kept agriculture in the forefront in the eastern part of the county. In the west, towns have grown but still maintain a small-town feel. Growth is mainly retail, not industrial. Schools are a big draw to Rankin; the county boasts the state's top public and private schools. Three major hospitals are state-of-the-art and a source of pride for residents; Woman's Hospital in Flowood features world-class birthing suites.