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Moss Point, Mississippi
—  City  —
City Hall in Moss Point, Mississippi
Location of Moss Point in the State of Mississippi
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Jackson
 • Mayor
 • Total 26.8 sq mi (69.3 km2)
 • Land 25.0 sq mi (64.8 km2)
 • Water 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
Elevation 16 Coordinates: 30°24′42″N 88°32′04″W / 30.411744, −88.534355 ft (5 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,704
 • Estimate (2012[1]) 13,687
 • Density 634/sq mi (244.8/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 39562, 39563, 39581
Area code(s) 228
FIPS code 28-49240
GNIS feature ID 0673878
Incorporated 17** (village) 18** (city)

Moss Point is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi. The population was 13,704 at the 2010 census. On August 29, 2005, Moss Point was hit by the strong east side of Hurricane Katrina, and much of the city was flooded or destroyed (see details below).


Moss Point is located at 30°24′40″N 88°31′31″W / 30.410999, -88.525140. [2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.8 square miles (69 km2), of which 25.0 square miles (65 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) (6.61%) is water.

Moss Point, Mississippi (right edge) is north of Pascagoula, on U.S. Route 63, north of the Gulf of Mexico.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 3,054
1920 3,340 9.4%
1930 2,453 −26.6%
1940 3,042 24.0%
1950 3,782 24.3%
1960 6,631 75.3%
1970 19,321 191.4%
1980 18,998 −1.7%
1990 17,837 −6.1%
2000 17,653 −1.0%
2010 13,704 −22.4%
Est. 2012 13,687 −22.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2012 Estimate[4]

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,653 people, 6,714 households, and 5,228 families residing in the city. The population density was 634.0 people per square mile (344.8/km²). There were 6,237 housing units at an average density of 249.4 per square mile (96.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 28.04% White, 70.56% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 5,714 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 23.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,075, and the median income for a family was $37,712. Males had a median income of $31,126 versus $20,550 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,537. About 15.8% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.2% of those under age 18 and 17.3% of those age 65 or over.


Moss Point
Crime rates (2012)
Crime type Rate*
Aggravated assault:63
Violent crime:104
Motor vehicle theft:54
Property crime:736
* Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population.
2012 population: 13,756
Source: 2012 FBI UCR Data

Crime statistics provided are from 2010. There were 0 murder, 16 rapes, 31 robberies, 71 assaults, 411 burglaries, 311 larceny counts, 70 auto thefts, and 0 arson per year. crime index average for 3 years is 615.8 per 100,000. The US average is 309.2.[5]

Hurricane Katrina[]

On August 29, 2005, Moss Point was hit by the strong eastern side of Hurricane Katrina, when it passed 30 miles (48 km) east of central New Orleans with minimal gale-force winds. However, on the strong side of Hurricane Katrina, much of Moss Point was flooded or destroyed in one day, by the strong hurricane-force winds which lasted several hours and a storm surge exceeding 20 feet (6 m) in some sections.[6]

Sister city[]

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Burlington, Vermont became the sister city of Moss Point and provided much-needed aid to the city.[7]

Notable people[]

  • John Brock, CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises (graduated from Moss Point High School in 1967)[8]
  • Verlon Biggs, NFL football player, Hall of Famer, and former defensive end for the Washington Redskins from 1965–71 and the New York Jets 1971-80
  • Ray Costict, former linebacker for the New England Patriots from 1977–79
  • Ken Farragut, NFL and Ole Miss Hall of Fame football player
  • Don Hultz, NFL football player
  • Robert C. Khayat, Chancellor of the University of Mississippi
  • George Wonsley, NFL football player
  • Damarius Bilbo, NFL football player and sports agent graduated from Moss Point High School in 2001
  • David Thomas, singer and founder of rock band Pere Ubu
  • Tony Sipp, Major League Baseball player

See also[]

  • L.N. Dantzler Lumber Company


  1. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Crime rate in Moss Point, Mississippi (MS): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ Gary Tuchman, Transcript of "Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees" (2006-08-29) 19:00 ET, CNN, CNN-ACooper082906 GARY TUCHMAN, CNN Correspondent: Responds to Anderson Cooper that it felt like it would never end, saying winds were at least 100 miles per hour in Gulfport for seven hours, between about 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. For another five or six hours, on each side of that, they had hurricane-force winds over 75 miles per hour; much of the city of Gulfport, Mississippi, in Harrison County of 71,000 was then under water.
  7. ^ Moss Point receives aid from Burlington, VT; become sister cities
  8. ^ John Brock, "local boy", makes it to the big time"

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