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Old 06-19-2017, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Tupelo, Ms
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1920
1. Meridian (23,339)
2. Jackson (22,817)
3. Vicksburg (18,072)
4. Hattiesburg (13,207)
5. Laurel (13,037)
6. Natchez (12,608)
7. Greenville (11,560)
8. Biloxi (10,937)
9. Columbus (10,501)
10. Gulfport (8,157)

1930
1. Jackson (48,282)
2. Meridian (31,954)
3. Vicksburg (22,943)
4. Hattiesburg (18,601)
5. Laurel (18,017)
6. Biloxi (14,850)
7. Greenville (14,807)
8. Natchez (13,422)
9. Gulfport (12,547)
10. Greenwood (11,123)

1940
1. Jackson (62,107)
2. Meridian (35,481)
3. Vicksburg (24,460)
4. Hattiesburg (21,026)
5. Greenville (20,892)
6. Laurel (20,598)
7. Biloxi (17,475)
8. Natchez (15,296)
9. Gulfport (15,105)
10. Greenwood (14,767)

1950
1. Jackson (98,217)
2. Meridian (41,893)
3. Biloxi (37,425)
4. Greenville (29,936)
5. Hattiesburg (29,474)
6. Vicksburg (27,948)
7. Laurel (25,038)
8. Natchez (22,740)
9. Gulfport (22,659)
10. Greenwood (18,061)

1960
1. Jackson (144,422)
2. Meridian (49,374)
3. Biloxi (44,035)
4. Greenville (41,502)
5. Hattiesburg (34,989)
6. Gulfport (30,204)
7. Vicksburg (29,143)
8. Laurel (27,889)
9. Columbus (25,795)
10. Natchez (23,791)

1970
1. Jackson (153,968)
2. Biloxi (48,486)
3. Meridian (45,083)
4. Gulfport (40,791)
5. Greenville (39,648)
6. Hattiesburg (39,648)
7. Pascagoula (27,264)
8. Columbus (25,795)
9. Vicksburg (25,478)
10. Laurel (24,145)

1980
1. Jackson (202,895)
2. Biloxi (49,311)
3. Meridian (46,577)
4. Hattiesburg (40,829)
5. Greenville (40,613)
6. Gulfport (39,676)
7. Pascagoula (29,318)
8. Columbus (27,503)
9. Vicksburg (25,434)
10. Tupelo (23,905)

1990
1. Jackson (196,637)
2. Biloxi (46,319)
3. Greenville (45,226)
4. Hattiesburg (41,882)
5. Meridian (41,036)
6. Gulfport (40,775)
7. Tupelo (30,685)
8. Pascagoula (25,899)
9. Columbus (23,799)
10. Clinton ( 21,847)

2000
1. Jackson (184,286)
2. Gulfport (71,127)
3. Biloxi (50,644)
4. Hattiesburg (44,779)
5. Greenville (41,633)
6. Meridian (39,968)
7. Tupelo (34,211)
8. Southaven (28,977)
9. Vicksburg (26,407)
10. Pascagoula (26,200)
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Old 06-20-2017, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Interesting how Jackson's population doubled between 1920 and 1930 but didn't surpass 100,000 until after 1950. Also, Laurel fell out of the Top 10 after 1970. Even Greenville was a boom town once.
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Tupelo, Ms
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Interesting how Jackson's population doubled between 1920 and 1930 but didn't surpass 100,000 until after 1950. Also, Laurel fell out of the Top 10 after 1970. Even Greenville was a boom town once.
Jackson's population doubled due to the railroad industry along with Greenville & Hattiesburg. Jackson had a slow climb into the 100k mark unlike the major cities next door states ( Memphis, Nashville, Birmingham, New Orleans) except perhaps Little Rock. I honestly never knew nor heard about Laurel until i visited Hattiesburg.
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Jackson's population doubled due to the railroad industry along with Greenville & Hattiesburg. Jackson had a slow climb into the 100k mark unlike the major cities next door states ( Memphis, Nashville, Birmingham, New Orleans) except perhaps Little Rock. I honestly never knew nor heard about Laurel until i visited Hattiesburg.
Actually, the rapid growth was due to people moving from the countryside.
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Old 06-23-2017, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Tupelo, Ms
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Actually, the rapid growth was due to people moving from the countryside.
That was factor and out of state people moving in as well. The economy was rebounding with the industries of that time period.
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Old 06-24-2017, 08:57 AM
 
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Greenville's population had a rise due to the airbase and the towboat industry. This rise brought along other manufacturing plants as well. The airbase left in the 60's(before my time), the city slowly started recovering from that and then NAFTA happened and several plants closed. Towboat industry moved on for the most part(still many here but nothing like it was). Before long Greenville will fall out of the top 10, and if something doesn't turn around the population loss the city will be at the point of no return in the next 10 years. Tax base is basically nonexistent, there are thousands of state owned tax forfeit properties and more go to the state each year. Best bet is to bring in large numbers of heavy equipment and return entire streets to greenfield sites as the city cannot afford to maintain them. Shrink to a core and rebuild outwards slowly. If the 82 bypass ever is completed it will be the final nail in the coffin as it will kill almost all businesses along 82, not that it isn't already a sad stretch of highway.


In grade school we used to take field trips in one of my classes. I remember us visiting the sewage treatment plant, why I don't know but it was "educational". They told us that when it was built the theory was Greenville would reach 100k population by Y2k so the built the plant oversize to handle the future. Never did even reach 50k, and now the infrastructure feeding the plant is so outdated and under maintained it cannot even be expected to handle the current 30+k population. I think the plant itself can still handle it, just the actual sewage system is beyond capacity due to numerous failures.
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Tupelo, Ms
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Greenville's population had a rise due to the airbase and the towboat industry. This rise brought along other manufacturing plants as well. The airbase left in the 60's(before my time), the city slowly started recovering from that and then NAFTA happened and several plants closed. Towboat industry moved on for the most part(still many here but nothing like it was). Before long Greenville will fall out of the top 10, and if something doesn't turn around the population loss the city will be at the point of no return in the next 10 years. Tax base is basically nonexistent, there are thousands of state owned tax forfeit properties and more go to the state each year. Best bet is to bring in large numbers of heavy equipment and return entire streets to greenfield sites as the city cannot afford to maintain them. Shrink to a core and rebuild outwards slowly. If the 82 bypass ever is completed it will be the final nail in the coffin as it will kill almost all businesses along 82, not that it isn't already a sad stretch of highway.


In grade school we used to take field trips in one of my classes. I remember us visiting the sewage treatment plant, why I don't know but it was "educational". They told us that when it was built the theory was Greenville would reach 100k population by Y2k so the built the plant oversize to handle the future. Never did even reach 50k, and now the infrastructure feeding the plant is so outdated and under maintained it cannot even be expected to handle the current 30+k population. I think the plant itself can still handle it, just the actual sewage system is beyond capacity due to numerous failures.
Im not that well informed on Greenville's economy but there's something there keeping it afloat overall. You say in 10 years timeframe , is there any other circumstances to back it? So far Greenville have been in the top 10 for 80+ consecutive years and currently now.
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Old 06-24-2017, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Hattiesburg and Laurel were both lumber boom towns. But Hattiesburg landed a college, an army training base, and was able to diversify its economy more successfully than Laurel after the lumber industry declined. Plus, Hattiesburg sits at a major highway junction. Gulfport's 1990s growth spurt was primarily due to annexation on its north side.

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Old 06-24-2017, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Im not that well informed on Greenville's economy but there's something there keeping it afloat overall. You say in 10 years timeframe , is there any other circumstances to back it? So far Greenville have been in the top 10 for 80+ consecutive years and currently now.
Greenville's economy, which is primarily service-oriented, is kept afloat by government transfer payments. I guess its 1980s growth spurt was due to annexation. Like the rest of the Delta, it has experienced a decades-long brain drain.
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Old 06-24-2017, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Natchez fell out of the top 10 after 1960. It has also suffered a loss of industry.
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