West Hattiesburg, MS Profile: Facts & Data

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West Hattiesburg, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The West Hattiesburg Census Designated Place had a population of 6,405 as of July 1, 2019. West 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 West Hattiesburg is located at latitude 31.3191 and longitude -89.3751 in Lamar County. The formal boundaries for the West Hattiesburg Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 2.43 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Lamar County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 259 feet.

The West Hattiesburg Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2403004) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The West Hattiesburg Census Designated Place is located within Supervisor District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lamar County.


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West Hattiesburg, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

West Hattiesburg, MS Housing Affordability Index is 152
State of Mississippi Housing Affordability Index is 174
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

West Hattiesburg, MS Wealth Index is 39
State of Mississippi Wealth Index is 62
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 6,405 (100%)
Population in Households 6,342 (99.0%)
Population in Families 4,533 (70.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 63 ( 1.0%)
Population Density 2,654
Diversity Index2 63
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $44,701
Average Household Income $56,023
Per Capita Income $23,443
Wealth Index4 39

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 2,990 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,069 (35.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,597 (53.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 324 (10.8%)
Median Home Value $148,964
Housing Affordability Index3 152
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 2,666
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 1,470
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.88% 1.05%
Households 0.94% 1.14%
Families 0.38% 0.82%
Median Household Income   3.23%
Per Capita Income   2.83%

West Hattiesburg, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Hattiesburg to the other 362 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Mississippi by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 58 84th
Population Density # 4 99th
Diversity Index # 14 96th
Median Household Income # 94 74th
Per Capita Income # 87 76th

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