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Wiggins, Mississippi
Wiggins City HallJanuary 2021
Wiggins City Hall
January 2021
Location of Wiggins, Mississippi
Location of Wiggins, Mississippi
Wiggins, Mississippi is located in the United States
Wiggins, Mississippi
Wiggins, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Stone
 • Total 11.26 sq mi (29.17 km2)
 • Land 10.75 sq mi (27.84 km2)
 • Water 0.51 sq mi (1.33 km2)
262 ft (80 m)
 • Total 4,390
 • Estimate 
 • Density 422.42/sq mi (163.10/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 601, 769
FIPS code 28-80160
GNIS feature ID 0679669

Wiggins is a city in Stone County, Mississippi, United States. It is part of the GulfportBiloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,390 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Stone County.


G&SIRR Depot Wiggins
Wiggins, MS business district and railroad depot before the 1910 fire

Wiggins is named after Wiggins Hatten, the father of Madison Hatten, one of the area's original homesteaders. It was incorporated in 1904, and the 1910 census reported 980 residents. In the early 1900s, Wiggins prospered along with the booming timber industry. Wiggins was once headquarters of the Finkbine Lumber Company.

American Pickle and Canning Co., Wiggins, MS, circa 1910

On January 21, 1910, between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm, more than half of the Wiggins business district was destroyed by fire. The fire started from unknown origin in the Hammock Building, a lodging house, and spread rapidly because of strong winds from the northwest. With no city fire department or waterworks, the residents of Wiggins resorted to bucket brigades and dynamite to stop the fire, which was confined to the east side of the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad. The fire consumed 41 business establishments, including the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad depot. Only two or three residential dwellings were destroyed, because most homes were built away from the business district.

Wiggins has long been known for its pickle production, and at one time boasted of being home to the world's largest pickle processing facility. However, the pickle processing facility is now closed, and although the timber industry has declined since the boom years, it still sustains many businesses in Wiggins.

Historic Pine Hill

Pine Hill Festival 2012

After the 1910 fire and until the 1960s, the center of commerce for Wiggins developed on both sides of Pine Avenue, that sloped downhill and eastward, perpendicular to U.S. Route 49 and Railroad Street (First Street), over a distance of one city block. Small shops were built mainly of brick and were mostly contiguous to each other. Over the years, the shops were occupied by numerous businesses that included drug stores, law offices, a grocery store, a shoe store, a dry cleaners, 5 & dime stores, auto supply store, barber shops, cafes, a movie theater, dry goods outlet, feed & seed outlet, an army surplus store, beauty salons, clothing stores, gift shops, County Library, and U.S. Post Office. In more recent years, the shops have served as real estate offices, CPA & tax preparer outlets, an antique store, newspaper office, ice cream shop, art & frame shop, food outlets, and stationery shop.

In the late 1960s, U.S. Route 49 bypassed the downtown area, and many businesses moved from Pine Hill to other locations within Wiggins. The old Wiggins High School and Elementary School buildings occupied a city block, situated at the base of Pine Hill. When the school buildings were demolished in the 1970s, the school land was dedicated to City use as Blaylock Park. In the 1980s, city and county business leaders saw a need for developing a sense of community and tourism by initiating an annual Pine Hill Day, which later became Pine Hill Festival. During Pine Hill Day, area residents offered items for sale as arts & crafts, in farmers' markets, and as local cuisine. To attract more visitors, other venues such as live music entertainment, competitive foot races, antique vehicle displays, commercial food vendors, and games for kids were added through the years, and the festival became a Spring event. In 2014, an estimated 15,000 people attended the 2-day festival.

circa 1920
View of Railroad Avenue, now First Street, Wiggins, Mississippi


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29 km2), of which, 10.8 square miles (28 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it (4.53%) is water. The entrance to Flint Creek Water Park is located in the city, off Highway 29.


  • Airport: Dean Griffin Memorial Airport
  • Highways: U.S. Highway 49, Mississippi Highway 26, Mississippi Highway 29
  • Railroad: Kansas City Southern Railroad


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 980
1920 1,037 5.8%
1930 1,074 3.6%
1940 1,141 6.2%
1950 1,436 25.9%
1960 1,591 10.8%
1970 2,995 88.2%
1980 3,205 7.0%
1990 3,185 −0.6%
2000 3,849 20.8%
2010 4,390 14.1%
2019 (est.) 4,541 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

2020 census

Wiggins Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 2,661 62.29%
Black or African American 1,348 31.55%
Native American 15 0.35%
Asian 26 0.61%
Pacific Islander 1 0.02%
Other/Mixed 145 3.39%
Hispanic or Latino 76 1.78%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 4,272 people, 1,348 households, and 889 families residing in the city.


  • The City of Wiggins is served by the Stone County School District
  • Gateway Christian Academy (A private school, serving Nursery/Preschool–12.)

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