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Overview

Introduction to Gulfport, Mississippi

Gulfport, Mississippi, in Harrison county, is 65 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is considered part of the Biloxi-Gulfport-Pascagoula metropolitan area.

Gulfport History

Gulfport was incorporated in 1898. It was previously a lumber and port city. The harbor in the area was completed and the Port of Gulfport was converted to a working seaport in 1902. In 2005, Gulfport was hit by Hurricane Katrina’s, which much of Gulfport. In 1969, Hurricane Camille was responsible for damaging Gulfport severely. Gradually, Gulfport became a diversified community. The city is in Harrison county, which was founded in 1841.

Gulfport and nearby Attractions

  • Great Southern Shopping Center
  • Harbor Square Park
  • Bayou View Golf Course
  • Gulf Islands Water Park
  • Mississippi Sound Historical Museum

Things To Do In Gulfport

The Mississippi Sound Historical Museum is popular among those who wish to learn more about the area’s history. The Harbor Square Park and Cowan Road Field are recreational spots frequented by the town;s residents. The Gulf Islands Water Park is the largest water park on the Gulf Coast. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Bayou View Golf Course. Gulfport hosts many festivals like the Highlands and Islands Scottish Games and Celtic Festival and the Cajun, Country, Swamp Pop Music Festival every year.

Gulfport Transportation

Gulfport-Biloxi International is the nearest major airport.

Gulfport Higher Education

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Pearl River Community College, the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of South Alabama are all nearby.

People

Total Population 70,642
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 29,311
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 37.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.7%
Median Earnings25+ $26,712
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,226
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,503

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,613
% Above Poverty Level 74.5%
% Below Poverty Level 25.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.4%
Median Gross Rent $829
Median House Value $117,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.7%
US/American 0%
English 5%
Irish 8.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gulfport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 65 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Harrison
Metro Area Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula
Standard Zip Codes 39501, 39503, 39507
P.O. Box Zip Codes 39502, 39505, 39506
Phone Area Codes 228
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.367
Longitude -89.092

Gulfport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GULFPORT NAVAL CENTER
Distance 2.7 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
Station WAVELAND
Distance 18 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
Station SAUCIER EXP FOREST
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 62 F
Apr Temp 55 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 80 F
Annual Precip 70.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Orange Grove (39503)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bay St. Louis 10,861 $44,191
Biloxi 44,825 $46,443
Long Beach 15,369 $60,655
Ocean Springs 17,528 $75,839
Pass Christian 5,130 $55,321

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gulfport Public Libraries

Library
Harrison County Library System
1300 21ST AVENUE
Gulfport, Mississippi
(228) 863-1383
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Gulfport Hospitals

GARDEN PARK MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
15200 COMMUNITY ROAD
(601) 864-4210
Emergency Service: Yes

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT GULFPORT
(Government - Local)
4500 13TH ST-P O BOX 1810
(228) 867-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Gulfport High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

GULFPORT HIGH SCHOOL
100 PERRY STREET
228-896-7525
A Title I School.
Serves 1,747 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

HARRISON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
15600 SCHOOL ROAD
228-832-2610
Serves 1,650 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

HARRISON COUNTY ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
11072 HIGHWAY 49
228-539-5956
A Non-traditional School

GULFPORT VOCATIONAL ANNEX
100 PERRY STREET
228-896-6011
A Vocational School

THE LEARNING CENTER
1215 CHURCH STREET
228-897-6045
A Non-traditional School

HARRISON CO VOC COMPLEX
15600 SCHOOL ROAD
228-832-6652
A Vocational School

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Historic Gulfport

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Power house of Great Southern Hotel between 1903 and 1910

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Power house of Great Southern Hotel between 1903 and 1910

Power house of Great Southern Hotel between 1890 and 1910

Court House c1906.

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