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Population in 2012: 10,795 (86% urban, 14% rural). Population change since 2000: +42.4%
Males: 5,213  (48.3%)
Females: 5,582  (51.7%)

Median resident age:  35.8 years
Mississippi median age:  35.1 years

Zip codes: 39465.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $44,136 (it was $29,637 in 2000)
Petal:

$44,136
MS:

$37,095
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,280

Petal city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $122,528 (it was $59,200 in 2000)
Petal:

$122,528
MS:

$99,800
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $113,583; Detached houses: $121,367; Mobile homes: $39,207

Median gross rent in 2012: $865.

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  • White alone - 8,323 (79.2%)
  • Hispanic - 905 (8.6%)
  • Black alone - 821 (7.8%)
  • Two or more races - 328 (3.1%)
  • Asian alone - 110 (1.0%)
  • American Indian alone - 17 (0.2%)
  • Other race alone - 11 (0.1%)

Races in Petal detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Petal: 82.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: United States (15.8%), Irish (12.2%), English (11.2%), German (10.6%), Scotch-Irish (3.8%), French (3.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 162 feet

Land area: 9.67 square miles.

Population density: 1,116 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Petal:

  • High school or higher: 87.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 10.3%
  • Unemployed: 7.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Petal city:

  • Never married: 22.9%
  • Now married: 54.7%
  • Separated: 2.7%
  • Widowed: 7.4%
  • Divorced: 12.2%

393 residents are foreign born

This city:  3.7%
Mississippi:  1.9%



According to our research of Mississippi and other state lists there were 40 registered sex offenders living in Petal, Mississippi as of July 31, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Petal to the number of sex offenders is 270 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,378 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,053 (1.0%)

Petal satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Gulfport, MS (66.2 miles , pop. 71,127).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: New Orleans, LA (106.4 miles , pop. 484,674).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (381.0 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: Glendale, MS (1.8 miles ), Hattiesburg, MS (1.9 miles ), West Hattiesburg, MS (2.6 miles ), Arnold Line, MS (2.6 miles ), Rawls Springs, MS (2.7 miles ), New Augusta, MS (4.1 miles ), Purvis, MS (4.1 miles ), Ellisville, MS (4.2 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 26 buildings, average cost: $56,400
  • 1998: 27 buildings, average cost: $64,200
  • 1999: 17 buildings, average cost: $83,500
  • 2000: 16 buildings, average cost: $75,100
  • 2001: 21 buildings, average cost: $80,200
  • 2002: 19 buildings, average cost: $91,000
  • 2003: 21 buildings, average cost: $91,000
  • 2004: 85 buildings, average cost: $109,100
  • 2005: 78 buildings, average cost: $109,700
  • 2006: 78 buildings, average cost: $109,700
  • 2007: 71 buildings, average cost: $137,000
  • 2008: 36 buildings, average cost: $142,400
  • 2009: 34 buildings, average cost: $109,100
  • 2010: 24 buildings, average cost: $148,800
  • 2011: 13 buildings, average cost: $171,800
  • 2012: 17 buildings, average cost: $397,500

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 31.35 N, Longitude: 89.26 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -1,392 (-13.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 895 (19.7%)

Area code commonly used in this area: 601

Petal household income distribution Petal home values distribution


 

Crime rates in Petal by Year
Type 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2012
Murders 00000001200
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.09.318.80.00.0
Rapes 41141362000
per 100,000 52.513.113.151.612.829.858.218.70.00.00.0
Robberies 14002621211
per 100,000 13.152.30.00.025.659.719.49.318.89.29.4
Assaults 34443455511
per 100,000 39.452.352.251.638.439.848.546.746.99.29.4
Burglaries 3130334340687358447132
per 100,000 407.1392.1430.8555.2512.2676.5708.6541.2412.8651.0301.6
Thefts 111110125161109754334243938
per 100,000 1457.61437.71631.62078.81395.8746.1417.4317.3225.2357.6358.2
Auto thefts 17719871296373
per 100,000 223.291.5248.0103.389.6119.487.456.028.164.228.3
Arson 00311044100
per 100,000 0.00.039.212.912.80.038.837.39.40.00.0
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 302.4) 167.4136.1143.8192.1131.5144.1143.0106.497.973.544.8

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Petal detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 28 (22 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.07
Mississippi average:

2.31

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Petal, Mississippi accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.1%
Mississippi:

8.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Wholesale trade (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Carpenters (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (7%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

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Average climate in Petal, Mississippi

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Tornado activity:

Petal-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Mississippi state average. It is 216% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/28/1987, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 10.6 miles away from the Petal city center killed 6 people and injured 350 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/7/1982, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 4.6 miles away from the city center injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Petal-area historical earthquake activity is below Mississippi state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/16/1993 at 10:54:32, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 60.6 miles away from the city center
On 3/25/1996 at 14:15:50, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 64.2 miles away from Petal center
On 3/22/2005 at 08:11:50, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 78.1 miles away from the city center
On 5/16/2008 at 18:39:14, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 68.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Forrest County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 8, Tornadoes: 4, Storms: 4, Floods: 3, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Mudslide: 1, Flood: 1, Freeze: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Birthplace of: Ray Perkins (American football) - College football player, Nate Rolison - Baseball player, Tom Walters (American football) - Football player.


Hospital/medical center in Petal:

  • BEDFORD CARE CENTER OF PETAL (Nursing Home, 908 S GEORGE STREET)

Other hospitals/medical centers near Petal:

  • HATTIESBURG HEALTH AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; HATTIESBURG, MS)
  • BEDFORD CARE CTR-MONROE HALL (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; HATTIESBURG, MS)
  • PROVIDENCE HOSPICE, SOUTH, LLC (Hospital, about 5 miles away; HATTIESBURG, MS)

Political contributions by individuals in Petal, MS

Heliports located in Petal:

Amtrak station near Petal:

  • 3 miles: HATTIESBURG (308 NEWMAN ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Petal:

  • William Carey University (about 4 miles; Hattiesburg, MS; Full-time enrollment: 2,298)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (about 5 miles; Hattiesburg, MS; FT enrollment: 12,146)
  • Jones County Junior College (about 18 miles; Ellisville, MS; FT enrollment: 4,027)
  • Pearl River Community College (about 39 miles; Poplarville, MS; FT enrollment: 3,893)
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (about 40 miles; Perkinston, MS; FT enrollment: 6,824)
  • East Central Community College (about 77 miles; Decatur, MS; FT enrollment: 2,155)
  • Meridian Community College (about 77 miles; Meridian, MS; FT enrollment: 2,932)

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Public elementary/middle schools in Petal:

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Notable locations in Petal: Mississippi Power Company Eaton Plant (A), Petal City Hall (B), Caritas Manor Nursing Home (C), The Petal Library (D), Petal Fire Department Station 2 (E), Petal Fire Department Station 1 (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Petal Plaza Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Petal include: Woodlawn Baptist Church (A), Petal United Methodist Church (B), Petal Presbyterian Church (C), Petal-Harvey Baptist Church (D), Petal Church of God (E), Mount Bethel Baptist Church (F), Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses (G), First Baptist Church of Petal (H), Carterville Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Chappell Cemetery (1), Petal Cemetery (2), Forrest Memorial Gardens (3), Grant Cemetery (4), Hillcrest Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Boggy Branch (A), Greens Creek (B), Gordons Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Petal: Optimist Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: International Checker Hall of Fame (Museums; 220 Lynn Ray Road), The Puttin' Place (Amusement & Theme Parks; 908 South Main Street), Southern Bowling Lanes Inc (Amusement & Theme Parks; 908 South Main Street), Petal Roller Dome (Amusement & Theme Parks; 100 Cameron Street).

 
Forrest County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
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AQI  PM2.5

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 36.2. This is about average.
City:

36.2
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 11.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.5 miles away from the city center.
City:

11.1
U.S.:

9.6

Drinking water stations with addresses in Petal and their reported violations in the past:

CITY OF PETAL (Population served: 7883, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2005 and JUL-08-2005, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-08-2005)
EASTABUCHIE WATER ASSOCIATION (Population served: 1620, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2004, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-14-2004), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-14-2004)
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2005 and DEC-01-2005, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (DEC-01-2005)
  • PN Violation for NPDWR Violation - Between MAY-14-2004 and DEC-31-2025, Contaminant: Public Notice
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2003 and JUL-07-2003, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-07-2003)
  • PN Violation for NPDWR Violation - Between APR-2003 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Public Notice
  • One routine major monitoring violation
HANCOCK MOBILE HOME PARK (Population served: 126, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-2005 and DEC-2025, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-21-2005)
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2004 and JUL-09-2004, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-09-2004)
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2003 and JUL-09-2004, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-14-2003), St Compliance achieved (JUL-09-2004)
  • Notification, Public - Between JUL-01-2001 and AUG-01-2001, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR)
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-2001 and AUG-2002, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-27-2002)
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
  • 2 other older monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Petal that have no violations reported:

  • BARRONTOWN W/A (Population served: 5500, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 13.9%
(11.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 10.7% for Black residents, 31.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 35.3% for American Indian residents, 21.9% for other race residents, 29.2% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.6 people
Mississippi:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  73.2%
Whole state:  69.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  5.0%
Whole state:  5.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Petal, MS

57 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
54 people in nursing homes in 2000
9 people in homes for the mentally ill in 2000

Petal compared to Mississippi state average:

Petal, Mississippi environmental map by EPA

Map Legend

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.


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Banks with branches in Petal (2011 data):

  • BancorpSouth Bank: Eastbrook Branch at 27 Byrd Parkway, branch established on 2004/03/30; Petal Branch at 143 Central Avenue West, branch established on 1955/07/22. Info updated 2007/07/18: Bank assets: $12,990.3 mil, Deposits: $10,863.8 mil, headquarters in Tupelo, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 271 total offices, Holding Company: Bancorpsouth, Inc.
  • First Southern Bank: Petal Branch at 1048 Highway 42, branch established on 2005/11/07. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $199.1 mil, Deposits: $162.4 mil, headquarters in Columbia, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: First Federal Bancorp
  • Hancock Bank: Petal Branch at 535 Highway 42, branch established on 1996/05/15. Info updated 2011/06/14: Bank assets: $4,988.4 mil, Deposits: $4,121.5 mil, headquarters in Gulfport, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 81 total offices, Holding Company: Hancock Holding Company
  • Pike National Bank: Pikco Petal Branch at 501 New Richton Road, branch established on 1995/04/03. Info updated 2007/03/29: Bank assets: $206.6 mil, Deposits: $156.6 mil, headquarters in Mccomb, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Pcnb Corp.
  • Trustmark National Bank: Petal Branch at 117 South Main Street, branch established on 1962/08/01. Info updated 2012/03/26: Bank assets: $9,612.1 mil, Deposits: $7,410.1 mil, headquarters in Jackson, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 186 total offices, Holding Company: Trustmark Corporation
  • Grand Bank for Savings, FSB: 226 Highway 42 East at 226 Highway 42 East, branch established on 2006/03/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $126.2 mil, Deposits: $114.0 mil, headquarters in Hattiesburg, MS, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 3 total offices
  • Regions Bank: Petal Branch at 120 South Main Street, branch established on 1934/07/01. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • Magnolia State Bank: Petal Branch at 1227 Highway 42, Suite 110, branch established on 2007/07/17. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $264.5 mil, Deposits: $236.3 mil, headquarters in Bay Springs, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 10 total offices, Holding Company: Magnolia State Corporation, The

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Petal travel time to work - commute


Petal mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (49%)
  • Utility gas (47%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)
  • Wood (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Petal city (based on Forrest County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 74.72%
Here74.7%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchPresbyterian Church in AmericaEpiscopal Church
Adherents58.4%13.9%9.4%2.6%2.1%
Congregations33.9%14.4%2.5%3.4%1.7%
NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Baptist Missionary Association of AmericaInterstate and Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptist AssociationOther
Adherents1.8%1.7%1.5%1.3%7.4%
Congregations3.4%3.4%5.1%5.1%27.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 17
This county:

2.16 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Forrest County:

0.25 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
This county:

0.64 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 56
Forrest County:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 43
Forrest County:

5.47 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.8%
State:

12.3%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

33.9%
Mississippi:

33.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Forrest County:

17.5%
Mississippi:

14.4%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 3$6,015$24,0600$0
Other Government Administration 6$16,149$32,2980$0
Judicial and Legal 1$2,511$30,1321$1,304
Police Protection - Officers 29$79,562$32,9220$0
Police - Other 7$14,956$25,6392$314
Firefighters 27$60,296$26,7980$0
Streets and Highways 13$23,030$21,2580$0
Solid Waste Management 10$17,457$20,9480$0
Sewerage 5$8,619$20,6860$0
Parks and Recreation 8$18,263$27,3950$0
Water Supply 7$13,875$23,7860$0
Transit 2$3,317$19,9020$0
Other and Unallocable 3$5,267$21,0683$1,351
Totals for Government 121$269,317$26,7096$2,969

Petal government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $857,000 ($79.39)
    Fire Protection: $580,000 ($53.73)
    Water Utilities: $373,000 ($34.55)
    Regular Highways: $330,000 ($30.57)
    Solid Waste Management: $293,000 ($27.14)
    Financial Administration: $240,000 ($22.23)
    Sewerage: $166,000 ($15.38)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $134,000 ($12.41)
    Parks & Recreation: $134,000 ($12.41)
    Central Staff Services: $124,000 ($11.49)
    Libraries: $58,000 ($5.37)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,196,000 ($110.79)

Petal government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $390,000 ($36.13)
    Solid Waste Management: $333,000 ($30.85)
    All Other: $10,000 ($0.93)
    Parks & Recreation: $0 ($0.00)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $45,000 ($4.17)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $396,000 ($36.68)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $985,000 ($91.25)
  • Tax - Property: $1,229,000 ($113.85)
    Public Utilities: $209,000 ($19.36)
    Motor Fuels Sales: $10,000 ($0.93)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $0 ($0.00)
    Individual Income: $0 ($0.00)

Petal government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,682,000 ($155.81)

12.40% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,274 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

12.40%
Mississippi average:

7.82%

0.41% of residents moved from foreign countries ($192 average AGI)
Forrest County:

0.41%
Mississippi average:

0.09%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Lamar County, MS  2.30% ($33,565 average AGI)
from Harrison County, MS  0.87% ($25,214)
from Jones County, MS  0.69% ($25,629)


10.84% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,539 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.84%
Mississippi average:

8.35%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($128 average AGI)
Forrest County:

0.06%
Mississippi average:

0.08%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Lamar County, MS  2.61% ($32,317 average AGI)
to Jones County, MS  0.57% ($30,023)
to Harrison County, MS  0.35% ($25,885)

Strongest AM radio stations in Petal:

  • WBKH (950 AM; 5 kW; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: SOUTHERN AIR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WORV (1580 AM; 1 kW; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CIRCUIT BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WEEZ (890 AM; daytime; 10 kW; LAUREL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WFOR (1400 AM; 1 kW; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSJC (810 AM; 50 kW; MAGEE, MS; Owner: FAMILY TALK RADIO)
  • WOMN (1110 AM; daytime; 30 kW; FRANKLINTON, LA; Owner: PITTMAN BROADCASTING SERVICES, LLC.)
  • WJNT (1180 AM; 50 kW; PEARL, MS; Owner: BUCHANAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WRPM (1530 AM; daytime; 10 kW; POPLARVILLE, MS; Owner: DOWDY & DOWDY PARTNERS)
  • WWL (870 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: ENTERCOM NEW ORLEANS LICENSE, LLC)
  • WASG (550 AM; 25 kW; ATMORE, AL; Owner: 550 AM, INC)
  • WLNO (1060 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: COMMUNICOM CO. OF LOUISIANA, L.P.)
  • WIGG (1420 AM; 5 kW; WIGGINS, MS; Owner: TRALYN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WQST (850 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FOREST, MS; Owner: ACE BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Petal:

  • WJMG (92.1 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CIRCUIT B/CTING CO. OF HATTIESBURG)
  • WXRR (104.5 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: BLAKENEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WZLD (106.3 FM; PETAL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WNSL (100.3 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WUSW (103.7 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WUSM-FM (88.5 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI)
  • WAII (89.3 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WMXI (98.1 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: RAINEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W216BA (91.1 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC)
  • WBBN (95.9 FM; TAYLORSVILLE, MS; Owner: BLAKENEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WKNZ (107.1 FM; COLLINS, MS; Owner: RADIO BROADCASTERS, L.L.C.)
  • WQID-LP (105.3 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: HATTIESBURG URBAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION)
  • WZKX (107.9 FM; BAY ST. LOUIS, MS; Owner: DOWDY & DOWDY PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMAH-FM (90.3 FM; BILOXI, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WFMM (97.3 FM; SUMRALL, MS; Owner: TELESOUTH COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WZNF (95.3 FM; LUMBERTON, MS; Owner: JMD, INC.)
  • WAOY (91.7 FM; GULFPORT, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC.)
  • WXHB (96.5 FM; RICHTON, MS; Owner: RADIO BROADCASTERS, L.L.C.)
  • WJKX (102.5 FM; ELLISVILLE, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WATP (90.7 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)

TV broadcast stations around Petal:

  • WHLT (Channel 22; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WDAM-TV (Channel 7; LAUREL, MS; Owner: WDAM LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)
  • W47BP (Channel 47; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR ED. TV.)
  • W32CN (Channel 32; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WMAH-TV (Channel 19; BILOXI, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION)
  • WLOX (Channel 13; BILOXI, MS; Owner: LIBCO, INC.)
  • W69DJ (Channel 69; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2011 (per 100,000 population)

Petal, Mississippi:
  • Fatal accident count: 16
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 26
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 2
  • Fatalities: 16
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 32
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1
Mississippi average:
  • Fatal accident count: 87
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 131
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 16
  • Fatalities: 96
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 216
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 8

See more detailed statistics of Petal fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here


National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 14
Total length: 111 meters (364ft)
Total costs: $2,957,000
Total average daily traffic: 70,260
Total average daily truck traffic: 6,743
Total future (year 2028) average daily traffic: 105,390

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1950-1959: 2
  • 1960-1969: 0
  • 1970-1979: 3
  • 1980-1989: 1
  • 1990-1999: 1
  • 2000-2009: 6
  • 2010-2012: 1
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Petal, MS

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Petal)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 90 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Petal, MS)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 116 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Petal)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 9 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Petal)


Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 2 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED44$115,42525$75,85197$92,05113$33,5984$327,73833$67,8601$6,940
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED2$43,5302$31,6608$99,0861$18,7500$02$31,6601$39,320
APPLICATIONS DENIED8$102,16913$55,65833$96,7328$9,3850$02$70,8858$54,249
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN10$122,5736$83,44321$101,7952$6,4301$101,2602$35,6300$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$99,7602$45,49011$104,7630$00$01$90,0100$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0103.00 , 0104.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 2 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED5$140,8922$157,1451$123,360
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED2$62,4601$97,1500$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$270,0402$84,8100$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$270,0400$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0103.00 , 0104.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 218
  • Hazardous Condition: 67
  • Service Call: 11
  • Good Intent Call: 13

Incident types - Petal


See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Petal, MS

Most common first names in Petal, MS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James10869.2 years
William9474.2 years
John8172.9 years
Mary6977.1 years
Robert6467.8 years
Charles5069.0 years
Thomas4370.8 years
Annie3880.0 years
George3775.0 years
Willie3375.9 years
Most common last names in Petal, MS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith6773.7 years
Lee3979.0 years
Williams3073.6 years
Myers3074.8 years
Jones2973.4 years
Brown2773.7 years
Walters2772.9 years
Odom2671.0 years
Carter2374.2 years
Craft2179.5 years
Businesses in Petal, MS
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Papa John's Pizza1
Ace Hardware1Pizza Hut1
AutoZone1Popeyes1
Church's Chicken1Rite Aid1
Domino's Pizza1SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx2Subway2
GNC1Taco Bell1
GameStop1U-Haul2
H&R Block1Walgreens1
Hardee's1Walmart1
Lowe's1YMCA1
McDonald's1
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