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Forrest County, Mississippi
Hattiesburg District Courthouse.jpg
Hattiesburg Municipal Court.
Map of Mississippi highlighting Forrest County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the U.S. highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1908[1]
Named for Nathan B. Forrest
Seat Hattiesburg
Largest city Hattiesburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

470 sq mi (1,217 km²)
466 sq mi (1,207 km²)
3.9 sq mi (10 km²), 0.8
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

78,158
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website http://forrestcountyms.us/

Forrest County is located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2020 census, the population was 78,158.[2] Its county seat and largest city is Hattiesburg.[3] The county was created from Perry County in 1908 and named in honor of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general in the American Civil War and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Forrest County is part of the Hattiesburg, MS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[]

An early map of Mississippi (c. 1907, showing Forrest County

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 470 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 466 square miles (1,210 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2) (0.8%) is water.[4]

Major highways[]

  • I-59.svg Interstate 59
  • US 11.svg U.S. Highway 11
  • US 49.svg U.S. Highway 49
  • US 98.svg U.S. Highway 98
  • Circle sign 13.svg Mississippi Highway 13
  • Circle sign 42.svg Mississippi Highway 42

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • De Soto National Forest (part)

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 20,722
1920 21,238 2.5%
1930 30,115 41.8%
1940 34,901 15.9%
1950 45,055 29.1%
1960 52,722 17.0%
1970 57,849 9.7%
1980 66,018 14.1%
1990 68,314 3.5%
2000 72,604 6.3%
2010 74,934 3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[2]

2020 census[]

Forrest County racial composition[9]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 43,121 55.17%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 28,151 36.02%
Native American 177 0.23%
Asian 789 1.01%
Pacific Islander 29 0.04%
Other/Mixed 2,633 3.37%
Hispanic or Latino 3,258 4.17%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 78,158 people, 27,340 households, and 15,633 families residing in the county.

2000 census[]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 72,604 people, 27,183 households, and 17,315 families residing in the county. The population density was 156 people per square mile (60/km2). There were 29,913 housing units at an average density of 64 per square mile (25/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 64.34% White, 33.55% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 27,183 households, out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.60% were married couples living together, 17.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.30% were non-families. 28.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.50% under the age of 18, 18.20% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 18.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,420, and the median income for a family was $35,791. Males had a median income of $28,742 versus $20,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,160. About 17.10% of families and 22.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.60% of those under age 18 and 12.80% of those age 65 or over.


Communities[]

Cities[]

Census-designated places[]

  • Eastabuchie (located mostly in Jones County)
  • Glendale
  • Rawls Springs

Other unincorporated communities[]

  • Brooklyn
  • Carnes
  • Fruitland Park
  • Maxie
  • Maybank
  • McLaurin
  • Wallis

Ghost towns[]

  • Riverside

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Forrest County, Mississippi[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 17,290 54.62% 13,755 43.45% 609 1.92%
2016 15,461 55.09% 11,716 41.75% 887 3.16%
2012 16,574 54.82% 13,272 43.89% 390 1.29%
2008 15,296 56.27% 11,622 42.75% 266 0.98%
2004 16,318 61.01% 10,220 38.21% 207 0.77%
2000 13,281 59.69% 8,500 38.20% 470 2.11%
1996 11,278 55.17% 7,965 38.96% 1,199 5.87%
1992 12,432 54.64% 8,333 36.62% 1,988 8.74%
1988 14,249 66.84% 6,953 32.62% 116 0.54%
1984 15,719 69.63% 6,786 30.06% 71 0.31%
1980 12,656 59.34% 8,274 38.80% 397 1.86%
1976 10,770 56.33% 7,914 41.39% 436 2.28%
1972 14,418 80.56% 2,933 16.39% 547 3.06%
1968 3,294 20.30% 2,957 18.22% 9,975 61.48%
1964 9,291 89.17% 1,128 10.83% 0 0.00%
1960 3,412 39.53% 2,068 23.96% 3,152 36.52%
1956 2,256 37.52% 1,928 32.06% 1,829 30.42%
1952 4,480 60.41% 2,936 39.59% 0 0.00%
1948 167 2.84% 406 6.90% 5,307 90.26%
1944 436 10.67% 3,649 89.33% 0 0.00%
1940 228 6.88% 3,075 92.82% 10 0.30%
1936 234 6.09% 3,596 93.62% 11 0.29%
1932 182 7.98% 2,068 90.70% 30 1.32%
1928 1,447 44.66% 1,793 55.34% 0 0.00%
1924 156 7.31% 1,826 85.57% 152 7.12%
1920 140 10.36% 1,146 84.76% 66 4.88%
1916 54 4.28% 1,146 90.81% 62 4.91%
1912 16 1.49% 886 82.57% 171 15.94%



See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Forrest County, Mississippi

References[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 31°11′N 89°16′W / 31.19, -89.26


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