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Purvis, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The City of Purvis is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Lamar County at latitude 31.1426 and longitude -89.4049. Lamar County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 381 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Purvis, but most people and references simply refer to it as Purvis, Mississippi.

The P1 Census Class Code for Purvis indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Purvis (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.88 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles.

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Purvis, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 2,267
Population in Households 2,145
Population in Familes 1,827
Population in Group Qrtrs 122
Population Density1 584
Diversity Index2 39


Total Households 842
Average Household Size 2.55
Family Households 606
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 935 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 620 (66.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 221 (23.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 93 ( 9.9%)
Median Home Value $102,254
Average Home Value $136,597


Median Household Income $37,882
Average Household Income $49,942
Per Capita Income $18,738
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.98% 1.48%
Households 1.36% 1.68%
Families 2.05% 1.47%
Median Household Income   2.57%
Per Capita Income   2.31%
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.


Purvis, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Purvis to the other 362 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Mississippi by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 109 70th
Population Density1 # 145 60th
Diversity Index2 # 241 34th
Median Household Income # 103 72nd
Per Capita Income # 140 62nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Mississippi Census Data Comparison Tool.