Hattiesburg, MS Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Hattiesburg, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The City of Hattiesburg is the 5th largest city in Mississippi with a population of 47,124 as of July 1, 2016. Hattiesburg ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Hattiesburg is located at latitude 31.3065 and longitude -89.3176 in Forrest County. The formal boundaries for the City of Hattiesburg (see map below) encompass a land area of 53.24 sq. miles and a water area of 1.04 sq. miles. Forrest County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 164 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Hattiesburg are located in Forrest County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Lamar County.

The City of Hattiesburg (GNIS ID: 2403816) 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 Hattiesburg is located within Supervisor District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Forrest County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Hattiesburg: Gordonville, Hattiesburgh, Hub City, The Hub, Twin Forks.

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


Total Population 47,124
Population in Households 43,636
Population in Familes 29,273
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,488
Population Density1 885
Diversity Index2 58


Total Households 18,830
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 9,602
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 21,809 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,108 (32.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,722 (53.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,979 (13.7%)
Median Home Value $116,534
Average Home Value $154,885


Median Household Income $31,103
Average Household Income $47,020
Per Capita Income $19,507
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.39% 0.09%
Households 0.28% 0.02%
Families 0.23% -0.26%
Median Household Income   0.06%
Per Capita Income   1.29%
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.

Hattiesburg, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Hattiesburg 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 # 5 99th
Population Density1 # 84 77th
Diversity Index2 # 33 91st
Median Household Income # 203 44th
Per Capita Income # 140 62nd

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