Government

Mayor
Johnny L. DuPree, Ph.D.
Alderman Ward 1: Kim Bradley
Ward 2: Deborah Delgado
Ward 3: Carter Carroll
Ward 4: Mary Dryden
Ward 5: Henry E. Naylor
Supervisor: Phillip Carlisle
City Hall:
200 Forrest Street, Hattiesburg
Phone: 601-545-4500
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Overview

Founded in 1882 by pioneer lumberman and civil engineer William H. Hardy, Hattiesburg was named in honor of Hardy's wife Hattie. The town was incorporated two years later with a population of only 400. Hattiesburg's population first took off as a center of the lumber and railroad industries giving us our nickname “The Hub City.” It now attracts newcomers to the area because of the diversity of the economy, strong neighborhoods and the great central location in South Mississippi.

The city is located in Forrest and Lamar Counties in the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is the principal city of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties. The MSA population exceeded 150,000 as a result of a 10% increase following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005; also, Hattiesburg itself surpassed Biloxi post-Katrina to become Mississippi's third largest city.

It is the county seat of Forrest County,[1] but the city has grown in recent years to include a portion of eastern Lamar County. Hattiesburg is home to The University of Southern Mississippi (originally known as Mississippi Normal College) and William Carey University (formerly William Carey College). Just south of Hattiesburg is Camp Shelby, the largest National Guard training base east of the Mississippi River.

Lamar County District 1 Demographics
Subject Number Percent
SEX AND AGE
Total population 13,191 100.0
Under 5 years 1,000 7.6
5 to 9 years 885 6.7
10 to 14 years 821 6.2
15 to 19 years 821 6.2
20 to 24 years 1,466 11.1
25 to 29 years 1,418 10.7
30 to 34 years 1,170 8.9
35 to 39 years 905 6.9
40 to 44 years 733 5.6
45 to 49 years 736 5.6
50 to 54 years 706 5.4
55 to 59 years 568 4.3
60 to 64 years 568 4.3
65 to 69 years 387 2.9
70 to 74 years 333 2.5
75 to 79 years 281 2.1
80 to 84 years 214 1.6
85 years and over 179 1.4
Median age (years) 30.8 ( X )
16 years and over 10,314 78.2
18 years and over 9,985 75.7
21 years and over 9,437 71.5
62 years and over 1,727 13.1
65 years and over 1,394 10.6
Male population 6,282 47.6
Under 5 years 538 4.1
5 to 9 years 453 3.4
10 to 14 years 408 3.1
15 to 19 years 390 3.0
20 to 24 years 687 5.2
25 to 29 years 692 5.2
30 to 34 years 578 4.4
35 to 39 years 439 3.3
40 to 44 years 343 2.6
45 to 49 years 354 2.7
50 to 54 years 339 2.6
55 to 59 years 255 1.9
60 to 64 years 272 2.1
65 to 69 years 159 1.2
70 to 74 years 134 1.0
75 to 79 years 112 0.8
80 to 84 years 73 0.6
85 years and over 56 0.4
Median age (years) 29.8 ( X )
16 years and over 4,803 36.4
18 years and over 4,661 35.3
21 years and over 4,379 33.2
62 years and over 688 5.2
65 years and over 534 4.0
Female population 6,909 52.4
Under 5 years 462 3.5
5 to 9 years 432 3.3
10 to 14 years 413 3.1
15 to 19 years 431 3.3
20 to 24 years 779 5.9
25 to 29 years 726 5.5
30 to 34 years 592 4.5
35 to 39 years 466 3.5
40 to 44 years 390 3.0
45 to 49 years 382 2.9
50 to 54 years 367 2.8
55 to 59 years 313 2.4
60 to 64 years 296 2.2
65 to 69 years 228 1.7
70 to 74 years 199 1.5
75 to 79 years 169 1.3
80 to 84 years 141 1.1
85 years and over 123 0.9
Median age (years) 31.6 ( X )
16 years and over 5,511 41.8
18 years and over 5,324 40.4
21 years and over 5,058 38.3
62 years and over 1,039 7.9
65 years and over 860 6.5
RACE
Total population 13,191 100.0
One Race 13,019 98.7
White 9,355 70.9
Black or African American 3,252 24.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 30 0.2
Asian 278 2.1
Asian Indian 46 0.3
Chinese 53 0.4
Filipino 17 0.1
Japanese 1 0.0
Korean 27 0.2
Vietnamese 83 0.6
Other Asian [1] 51 0.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 5 0.0
Native Hawaiian 4 0.0
Guamanian or Chamorro 0 0.0
Samoan 0 0.0
Other Pacific Islander [2] 1 0.0
Some Other Race 99 0.8
Two or More Races 172 1.3
White; American Indian and Alaska Native [3] 19 0.1
White; Asian [3] 28 0.2
White; Black or African American [3] 62 0.5
White; Some Other Race [3] 27 0.2
Race alone or in combination with one or more other races: [4]
White 9,505 72.1
Black or African American 3,338 25.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 72 0.5
Asian 315 2.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 8 0.1
Some Other Race 138 1.0
HISPANIC OR LATINO
Total population 13,191 100.0
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 325 2.5
Mexican 198 1.5
Puerto Rican 27 0.2
Cuban 5 0.0
Other Hispanic or Latino [5] 95 0.7
Not Hispanic or Latino 12,866 97.5
HISPANIC OR LATINO AND RACE
Total population 13,191 100.0
Hispanic or Latino 325 2.5
White alone 195 1.5
Black or African American alone 6 0.0
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0 0.0
Asian alone 0 0.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 0 0.0
Some Other Race alone 88 0.7
Two or More Races 36 0.3
Not Hispanic or Latino 12,866 97.5
White alone 9,160 69.4
Black or African American alone 3,246 24.6
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 30 0.2
Asian alone 278 2.1
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 5 0.0
Some Other Race alone 11 0.1
Two or More Races 136 1.0
RELATIONSHIP
Total population 13,191 100.0
In households 13,120 99.5
Householder 5,519 41.8
Spouse [6] 2,300 17.4
Child 3,654 27.7
Own child under 18 years 2,918 22.1
Other relatives 605 4.6
Under 18 years 241 1.8
65 years and over 71 0.5
Nonrelatives 1,042 7.9
Under 18 years 44 0.3
65 years and over 14 0.1
Unmarried partner 348 2.6
In group quarters 71 0.5
Institutionalized population 71 0.5
Male 9 0.1
Female 62 0.5
Noninstitutionalized population 0 0.0
Male 0 0.0
Female 0 0.0
HOUSEHOLDS BY TYPE
Total households 5,519 100.0
Family households (families) [7] 3,303 59.8
With own children under 18 years 1,666 30.2
Husband-wife family 2,300 41.7
With own children under 18 years 1,025 18.6
Male householder, no wife present 214 3.9
With own children under 18 years 114 2.1
Female householder, no husband present 789 14.3
With own children under 18 years 527 9.5
Nonfamily households [7] 2,216 40.2
Householder living alone 1,606 29.1
Male 698 12.6
65 years and over 83 1.5
Female 908 16.5
65 years and over 315 5.7
Households with individuals under 18 years 1,809 32.8
Households with individuals 65 years and over 981 17.8
Average household size 2.38 ( X )
Average family size [7] 2.99 ( X )
HOUSING OCCUPANCY
Total housing units 6,193 100.0
Occupied housing units 5,519 89.1
Vacant housing units 674 10.9
For rent 350 5.7
Rented, not occupied 8 0.1
For sale only 87 1.4
Sold, not occupied 9 0.1
For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use 121 2.0
All other vacants 99 1.6
Homeowner vacancy rate (percent) [8] 2.8 ( X )
Rental vacancy rate (percent) [9] 12.3 ( X )
HOUSING TENURE
Occupied housing units 5,519 100.0
Owner-occupied housing units 3,029 54.9
Population in owner-occupied housing units 7,688 ( X )
Average household size of owner-occupied units 2.54 ( X )
Renter-occupied housing units 2,490 45.1
Population in renter-occupied housing units 5,432 ( X )
Average household size of renter-occupied units 2.18 ( X )
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 10:18
 

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