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Moss Point, Mississippi
Moss Point City Hall
Moss Point City Hall
Location of Moss Point in the state of Mississippi
Location of Moss Point in the state of Mississippi
Moss Point, Mississippi is located in the United States
Moss Point, Mississippi
Moss Point, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Jackson
Incorporated 1901 (as a city)
 • Total 26.58 sq mi (68.83 km2)
 • Land 24.12 sq mi (62.48 km2)
 • Water 2.45 sq mi (6.35 km2)
16 ft (5 m)
 • Total 13,704
 • Estimate 
 • Density 553.39/sq mi (213.66/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
39562, 39563, 39581
Area code(s) 228 Exchanges: 285,474,475
FIPS code 28-49240
GNIS feature ID 0673878

Moss Point is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 13,704 at the 2010 census, down from 17,653 at the 2000 census. The Moss Point Historic District and several individual buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (National Register of Historic Places listings in Jackson County, Mississippi).


Moss Point has a total area of 26.8 square miles (69 km2), of which 25.0 square miles (65 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) (6.61%) is water.

MS CoastTowns NOAA
Moss Point, Mississippi (right edge) is north of Pascagoula, on U.S. Route 63, north of the Gulf of Mexico.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 440
1880 1,333 203.0%
1910 3,054
1920 3,340 9.4%
1930 2,453 −26.6%
1940 3,042 24.0%
1950 3,782 24.3%
1960 6,631 75.3%
1970 19,321 191.4%
1980 18,998 −1.7%
1990 17,837 −6.1%
2000 17,653 −1.0%
2010 13,704 −22.4%
2019 (est.) 13,350 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Moss Point racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,617 21.54%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 8,655 71.25%
Native American 23 0.19%
Asian 40 0.33%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 361 2.97%
Hispanic or Latino 450 3.7%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 12,147 people, 5,102 households, and 3,263 families residing in the city.

Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, 2005, Moss Point was hit by the strong eastern side of Hurricane Katrina, when it passed 30 miles (48 km) east of central New Orleans with minimal gale-force winds. However, on the strong side of Hurricane Katrina, much of Moss Point was flooded or destroyed in one day, by the strong hurricane-force winds which lasted several hours and a storm surge exceeding 20 feet (6 m) in some sections.

Sister city

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Burlington, Vermont became the sister city of Moss Point and provided much-needed aid to the city.


The city is served by the Moss Point School District.

Notable people

  • Jeramey Anderson, State Representative Mississippi's 110'th House District
  • Verlon Biggs, NFL football player, Hall of Famer, and former defensive end for the Washington Redskins from 1965 to 1971 and the New York Jets from 1971 to 1980
  • Damarius Bilbo, NFL football player and sports agent, graduated from Moss Point High School in 2001
  • Devin Booker, NBA basketball player
  • Melvin Booker, graduated from Moss Point High School in 1990, former NBA basketball player, father of Devin Booker
  • John Brock, CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises (graduated from Moss Point High School in 1967)
  • Ray Costict, former linebacker for the New England Patriots from 1977 to 1979
  • Ken Farragut, NFL and Ole Miss Hall of Fame football player
  • Silky Nutmeg Ganache, contestant on season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race
  • Eddie Glaude, Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University
  • Don Hultz, NFL football player
  • Alcender Jackson, NFL football player
  • Tom Johnson, NFL defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings
  • Robert C. Khayat, Chancellor of the University of Mississippi
  • David Thomas Roberts, composer and musician
  • Toni Seawright, 1982 Graduate of Moss Point High; Made history as the first African American to win Miss Mississippi in 1987 (4th Runner-up Miss America 1988)
  • Tony Sipp, Major League Baseball player
  • George Wonsley, NFL football player
  • Nathan Wonsley, NFL football player

See also

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