Bay St Louis, Mississippi

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Bay St Louis, Mississippi

Introduction to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi is 14 miles W of Gulfport, Mississippi and 50 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is in Hancock County. The city is part of the Biloxi-Gulfport-Pascagoula metro area. The population of Bay St. Louis is 8,209.

Bay St. Louis History

Bay St. Louis was founded in the late 1600s. It was named after King Louis IX of France. The first railroad arrived in the city in 1870. The area soon became a popular summer destination for residents of New Orleans. The city is the county seat of Hancock County. Bay St. Louis experienced massive damage in August 2005 by Hurricane Katrina.

Bay St. Louis and nearby Attractions

  • Stennis Space Center
  • Buccaneer State Park
  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
  • Fort Pike State Historic Site
  • Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home

Things To Do In Bay St. Louis

Bay St. Louis is home to a number of churches such as the Bay Saint Louis Church of Christ, Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church, Saint Rose de Lima Catholic Church and the Main Street United Methodist Church. Bridges Golf is an ideal destination for golfers. Apart from these, the city of Bay St. Louis also hosts the Crab Festival every year.

Bay St. Louis Transportation

Stennis International Airport is nearby.

Bay St. Louis Higher Education

Residents of Bay St. Louis can attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Southern University at New Orleans and Pearl River Community College.

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High Points

Bay St Louis strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Mississippi):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Bay St Louis Walking and Biking to Work
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 8% Bay St Louis College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 8% Bay St Louis People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 9% Bay St Louis Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 10% Bay St Louis Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 11% Bay St Louis Low Rate of Poverty
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Bay St Louis Affordability of Property Taxes
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 13% Bay St Louis Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Bay St Louis, Mississippi

Comparing Bay St Louis to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Mississippi (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 8 10
Senior Citizens 7 8
Racial Diversity 7 6
Female Share of the Population 6 3
Male Share of the Population 5 8
Well-Paid Single Women 4 10
Well-Paid Single Men 4 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 4 2
Portion of People Married 3 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 10
People in Middle Class or Better 5 10
Median Family Income 4 9
People Above Poverty 4 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 8 10
Short Commute Times 4 4
Public Transportation Use 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 2
People Living Alone 7 7
Housing Recently Built 6 3
Affordability of Rents 6 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 6 7
Low Property Crime 2 4

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Bay St Louis Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles W of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Hancock
Metro Area Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula
Standard Zip Codes 39520, 39525
P.O. Box Zip Codes 39521
Company Zip Codes 39522, 39529
Phone Area Codes 228
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.308
Longitude -89.33

Bay St Louis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 59 F
Apr Temp 56 to 75 F
Jul Temp 73 to 90 F
Oct Temp 57 to 78 F
Annual Precip 65.5 inches
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 61 F
Apr Temp 59 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 60 to 79 F
Annual Precip 65.2 inches
Distance 26.3 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 61 F
Apr Temp 54 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 63.4 inches
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Bay St Louis Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,209 100%
Male 3,933 47.9%
Female 4,276 52.1%
Under 18 2,011 24.5%
18+ 6,198 75.5%
65+ 1,359 16.6%
Median Age 39.2
Average Family Size 3.05
White 6,586 80.2%
African-American 1,362 16.6%
Asian 91 1.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 33 0.4%
Other 16 0.2%
Mixed Race 117 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 138 1.7%

Estimated Bay St Louis Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,317
Growth 108
Growth % 1.3%

Bay St Louis Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.1%
French (except Basque) 13.1%
Irish 12.2%
US/American 10.4%
Italian 9.2%
German 8.4%
English 6.4%
French Canadian 3.7%
Scotch-Irish 2.5%
Polish 1.1%
European 1.1%
Welsh 0.9%
Austrian 0.9%
Acadian/Cajun 0.9%
Scottish 0.8%
British 0.6%
Norwegian 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Swedish 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bay St Louis, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bayside Park (39520)
Mississippi Test Facility (39520)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Bay St Louis 8,209 $41,957
Gulfport 71,127 $39,213
Long Beach 17,320 $50,014
Pass Christian 6,579 $46,232
Waveland 6,674 $38,438

Bay St Louis Public Libraries

Hancock County Library
312 HWY. 90
Bay St Louis, Mississippi
(228) 467-5282
Library Web Site

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Bay St Louis Hospitals

(228) 467-8744
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 667 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

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City, State Similarity   1 Person Houses 65+ College Grads Commute Minutes Family Income Kids 0-4 Non White Pop. Poverty Prop. Crime Seasonal Housing Viol. Crime
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1. Waveland, Mississippi 89.5   30.1% 14.2% 19.1% 25 $38,438 6% 14.6% 6,674 13.7% 57.2 12.1% 1.1
2. Weatherford, Texas 87.7   28.2% 16.4% 23% 26 $47,152 6.6% 9.1% 19,000 11.5% 46.7 2.6% 2.8
3. Fernandina Beach, Florida 84.4   30.6% 18% 32.4% 23 $54,806 4.9% 18.5% 10,549 10.2% 34.6 9.8% 1.9
4. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 84.3   33.1% 15% 25.1% 23 $54,543 5.9% 9.2% 7,148 7.2% 33 11.4% 1.8
5. Anacortes, Washington 82.1   26.6% 20.8% 27.8% 22 $49,531 5.5% 7.3% 14,557 7.7% 43.2 1.8% 2.5
6. Granbury, Texas 79.4   34.7% 23.4% 20.5% 25 $45,451 5.6% 5.5% 5,718 9.6% 83.3 3.2% 2.5
7. Caro, Michigan 79.3   35.5% 16.3% 16.6% 22 $39,432 6.2% 5.4% 4,145 11.1% 46.3 0.8% 2.4
8. Loma Linda, California 78.9   31.3% 15.4% 44.7% 22 $45,774 6.2% 45.8% 18,681 15.1% 38.8 0.7% 1.9
9. Bluefield, Virginia 77.6   32.9% 22.3% 19.8% 21 $44,000 4.1% 7.7% 5,078 7.6% 41.6 0.7% 0.6
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