kids encyclopedia robot

Mississippi Gulf Coast facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Map of the Mississippi Gulf Coast counties, and the communities along the coast

The Mississippi Gulf Coast, also known as the Mississippi Gulf Coast region , is the area of southern Mississippi along the Gulf of Mexico region.


The term has traditionally referred to the three counties that lie directly on the Gulf of Mexico within the state: Hancock County, Harrison County, and Jackson County.

The U. S. Census Bureau divided the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) for the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2003, which previously had been the three coastal counties, into two MSA's that included two additional counties.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there was considerable out-migration from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans into more inland areas.

Thus, in the present day the Mississippi Gulf Coast region is generally considered to include the next tier of counties to the north of the original three also: Pearl River County, Stone County and George County.

Populated places

Although the broad reference is to an entire region of Mississippi, in regards to towns, the "Mississippi Gulf Coast" term is most commonly used to refer to those settlements that are either directly on the coastline or the shores of its bays.
They include, from west to east:


The Biloxi people lived in the region at least as early as 1699. French settlers under Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville built Fort Maurepas ("Old Biloxi"), which served as the administrative capital of French Louisiana until 1719. A confederate base on Ship Island was seized during the American Civil War. In the 20th Century, Keesler Air Force Base would bring development to the region. Hurricane Camille in 1969, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 brought historic destruction to the Gulf Coast.

kids search engine
Mississippi Gulf Coast Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.