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Moss Point, Mississippi
City
City Hall in Moss Point, Mississippi
City Hall in Moss Point, Mississippi
Location of Moss Point in the State of Mississippi
Location of Moss Point in the State of Mississippi
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Jackson
Incorporated 1901 (as a city)
Area
 • Total 26.8 sq mi (69.3 km2)
 • Land 25.0 sq mi (64.8 km2)
 • Water 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,704
 • Estimate (2012) 13,687
 • Density 634/sq mi (244.8/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 39562, 39563, 39581
Area code(s) 228
FIPS code 28-49240
GNIS feature ID 0673878
Website cityofmosspoint.org

Moss Point is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi. The population was 13,704 at the 2010 census. On August 29, 2005, Moss Point was hit by the strong east side of Hurricane Katrina, and much of the city was flooded or destroyed (see details below).

Geography

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.

Demographics

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%
Est. 2015 13,654 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,653 people, 6,714 households, and 5,228 families residing in the city. The population density was 634.0 people per square mile (344.8/km²). There were 6,237 housing units at an average density of 249.4 per square mile (96.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 28.04% White, 70.56% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 5,714 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 23.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,075, and the median income for a family was $37,712. Males had a median income of $31,126 versus $20,550 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,537. About 15.8% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.2% of those under age 18 and 17.3% of those age 65 or over.

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.


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