West Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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Population in 2010: 5,909. Population change since 2000: -6.3%
Males: 3,316  (56.1%)
Females: 2,593  (43.9%)
Median resident age:  32.0 years
Mississippi median age:  36.6 years

Zip codes: 39402.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $39,670 (it was $34,663 in 2000)
West Hattiesburg:

$39,670
MS:

$37,963

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $20,404 (it was $18,988 in 2000)

West Hattiesburg CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $142,688 (it was $84,700 in 2000)
West Hattiesburg:

$142,688
MS:

$97,500

Median gross rent in 2013: $694.

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  • Races in West Hattiesburg, MS (2013)

    West Hattiesburg races chart
    • 3,81158.8%White alone
    • 2,51838.8%Black alone
    • 861.3%Asian alone
    • 340.5%Two or more races
    • 340.5%Hispanic
    • 50.08%American Indian alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in West Hattiesburg: 82.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (13.1%), Irish (10.7%), English (8.6%), United States (5.2%), French (3.3%), Scotch-Irish (2.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 7.07 square miles.

Population density: 836 people per square mile   (low).

West Hattiesburg,MS real estate house value index trend

West Hattiesburg, Mississippi map

For population 25 years and over in West Hattiesburg:

  • High school or higher: 95.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 28.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 11.8%
  • Unemployed: 3.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in West Hattiesburg CDP:

  • Never married: 35.0%
  • Now married: 42.4%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 5.5%
  • Divorced: 15.9%

90 residents are foreign born

This place:

1.4%
Mississippi:

1.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,234 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,128 (0.9%)

West Hattiesburg satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Gulfport, MS (65.9 miles , pop. 71,127).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: New Orleans, LA (101.9 miles , pop. 484,674).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (374.2 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: Arnold Line, MS (1.0 miles ), Hattiesburg, MS (1.9 miles ), Rawls Springs, MS (2.0 miles ), Glendale, MS (2.2 miles ), Petal, MS (2.6 miles ), Sumrall, MS (3.5 miles ), Purvis, MS (3.5 miles ), Seminary, MS (4.3 miles ).

Latitude: 31.32 N, Longitude: 89.37 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -2,136 (-32.4%)
Workers who live and work in this place: 302 (9.4%)

Area code commonly used in this area: 601

West Hattiesburg household income distribution West Hattiesburg home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.2%
Mississippi:

8.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (24%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Other services, except public administration (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (20%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (12%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (18%)
  • Sales and related occupations (18%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (10%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (6%)

Work and jobs in West Hattiesburg: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in West Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

West Hattiesburg-area historical tornado activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 117% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/28/1987, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 14.2 miles away from the West Hattiesburg place 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 7.5 miles away from the place center injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

West Hattiesburg-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Mississippi state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 124.7 miles away from the city center
On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 246.9 miles away from West Hattiesburg center
On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi) earthquake occurred 388.0 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 189.7 miles away from the city center
On 11/7/2004 at 11:20:21, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 124.6 miles away from West Hattiesburg center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 188.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lamar County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 7, Storms: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Drought: 1, Flood: 1, Freeze: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
West Hattiesburg topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near West Hattiesburg:

  • WINDHAM HOUSE OF HATTIESBURG (Nursing Home, about 1 miles away; HATTIESBURG, MS)
  • CAMELLIA HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE (Home Health Center, about 1 miles away; HATTIESBURG, MS)
  • CAMELLIA HOSPICE (Hospital, about 1 miles away; HATTIESBURG, MS)
  • DEACONESS HOMECARE REGION I (Home Health Center, about 2 miles away; HATTIESBURG, MS)
  • DEACONESS HOSPICE (Hospital, about 2 miles away; HATTIESBURG, MS)
  • SOUTHERNCARE HATTIESBURG (Hospital, about 2 miles away; HATTIESBURG, MS)
  • WESLEY MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 2 miles away; HATTIESBURG, MS)

Amtrak station near West Hattiesburg:

  • 5 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 West Hattiesburg:

  • University of Southern Mississippi (about 2 miles; Hattiesburg, MS; Full-time enrollment: 14,294)
  • William Carey University (about 5 miles; Hattiesburg, MS; FT enrollment: 3,510)
  • Jones County Junior College (about 22 miles; Ellisville, MS; FT enrollment: 3,942)
  • Pearl River Community College (about 35 miles; Poplarville, MS; FT enrollment: 3,074)
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (about 40 miles; Perkinston, MS; FT enrollment: 8,320)
  • Copiah-Lincoln Community College (about 66 miles; Wesson, MS; FT enrollment: 2,532)
  • East Central Community College (about 79 miles; Decatur, MS; FT enrollment: 2,380)

Public high school in West Hattiesburg:

Public elementary/middle schools in West Hattiesburg:

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Notable locations in West Hattiesburg: Shadow Ridge Golf Club (A), The Windham House of Hattiesburg Nursing Home Center (B), Hattiesburg Fire Department Station 8 (C), Northeast Lamar Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Station 1 (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in West Hattiesburg include: Westover Baptist Church (A), West Lake United Methodist Church (B), West Point Baptist Church (C), Main Street Baptist Church (D), New Bethel Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Magnolia Memorial Gardens (1), Forest Memorial Park (2), Hartfield Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Lairds Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Lamar 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
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 49.4. This is significantly better than average.

City:

49.4
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 11.0. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 4.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.0
U.S.:

9.1
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 23.7%
(25.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.5% for Black residents, 28.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 21.3% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.4 people
Mississippi:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  58.1%
Whole state:  69.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  7.2%
Whole state:  5.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
71 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
135 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere in 2000

West Hattiesburg compared to Mississippi state average:

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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.5
Mississippi average:

12.3

West Hattiesburg travel time to work - commute West Hattiesburg mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (84%)
  • Utility gas (15%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for West Hattiesburg CDP (based on Lamar County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant26,27138
Mainline Protestant3,01113
Catholic4191
Other3081
Black Protestant-1
None25,649-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Lamar County:

1.26 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.42 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Lamar County:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 27
Lamar County:

5.67 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 32
Here:

6.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.9%
Mississippi:

12.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Lamar County:

31.7%
Mississippi:

33.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

15.9%
State:

14.4%

11.65% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,441 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

11.65%
Mississippi average:

6.70%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Forrest County, MS  3.70% ($28,405 average AGI)
from Marion County, MS  0.45% ($38,148)
from Jones County, MS  0.45% ($30,475)


10.73% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($25,950 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.73%
Mississippi average:

6.88%

0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($368 average AGI)
Lamar County:

0.08%
Mississippi average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Forrest County, MS  3.39% ($27,369 average AGI)
to Jones County, MS  0.47% ($31,602)
to Harrison County, MS  0.38% ($36,030)

Strongest AM radio stations in West Hattiesburg:

  • WBKH (950 AM; 5 kW; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: SOUTHERN AIR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WFOR (1400 AM; 1 kW; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WEEZ (890 AM; daytime; 10 kW; LAUREL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WORV (1580 AM; 1 kW; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CIRCUIT BROADCASTING CO.)
  • 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)
  • WLNO (1060 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: COMMUNICOM CO. OF LOUISIANA, L.P.)
  • WASG (550 AM; 25 kW; ATMORE, AL; Owner: 550 AM, INC)
  • 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 West Hattiesburg:

  • WUSM-FM (88.5 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI)
  • WAII (89.3 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WJMG (92.1 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CIRCUIT B/CTING CO. OF HATTIESBURG)
  • WNSL (100.3 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WXRR (104.5 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: BLAKENEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WUSW (103.7 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WZLD (106.3 FM; PETAL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • W249AO (97.7 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: JOHN S LA TOUR D/B/A J & J BROADCASTING)
  • WFMM (97.3 FM; SUMRALL, MS; Owner: TELESOUTH COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WKNZ (107.1 FM; COLLINS, MS; Owner: RADIO BROADCASTERS, L.L.C.)
  • WBBN (95.9 FM; TAYLORSVILLE, MS; Owner: BLAKENEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WZKX (107.9 FM; BAY ST. LOUIS, MS; Owner: DOWDY & DOWDY PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMXI (98.1 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: RAINEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WMAH-FM (90.3 FM; BILOXI, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WZNF (95.3 FM; LUMBERTON, MS; Owner: JMD, INC.)
  • WAOY (91.7 FM; GULFPORT, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC.)
  • WQID-LP (105.3 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: HATTIESBURG URBAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION)
  • W216BA (91.1 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC)

TV broadcast stations around West Hattiesburg:

  • W47BP (Channel 47; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR ED. TV.)
  • WHLT (Channel 22; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • W32CN (Channel 32; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WDAM-TV (Channel 7; LAUREL, MS; Owner: WDAM LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)
  • 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)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
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 Value
LOANS ORIGINATED13$150,52216$158,61963$143,8955$41,30015$103,1832$17,950
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$01$166,3906$147,2800$00$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED2$103,9903$79,64319$147,3614$16,2802$139,2751$54,970
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$85,1754$178,95313$149,1691$23,2702$100,1550$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$02$192,0150$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0203.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2$215,9052$194,985
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$199,5701$229,770
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0203.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

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