Petal, MS Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Petal, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The City of Petal had a population of 10,768 as of July 1, 2016. Petal ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Mississippi. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Petal is located at latitude 31.3482 and longitude -89.2351 in Forrest County. The formal boundaries for the City of Petal (see map below) encompass a land area of 16.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0.38 sq. miles. Forrest County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 157 feet.

The City of Petal (GNIS ID: 2404508) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Petal is located within Supervisor District 3, a minor civil division (MCD) of Forrest County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Petal population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Petal, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 10,768
Population in Households 10,709
Population in Familes 9,075
Population in Group Qrtrs 59
Population Density1 642
Diversity Index2 32


Total Households 4,000
Average Household Size 2.68
Family Households 2,845
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,328 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,792 (64.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,209 (27.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 328 ( 7.6%)
Median Home Value $117,862
Average Home Value $154,685


Median Household Income $44,950
Average Household Income $56,684
Per Capita Income $21,394
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.47% 0.15%
Households 0.33% 0.04%
Families -0.12% -0.12%
Median Household Income   1.82%
Per Capita Income   1.61%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Petal, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Petal to the other 362 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Mississippi by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 41 89th
Population Density1 # 129 65th
Diversity Index2 # 285 22nd
Median Household Income # 68 81st
Per Capita Income # 85 77th

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