Introduction to Pascagoula, Mississippi

Pascagoula, Mississippi, in Jackson county, is located 19 miles E of Biloxi, Mississippi and 95 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is included in the Biloxi-Gulfport-Pascagoula metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 26,200 people resided in Pascagoula.

Pascagoula History

The first inhabitants of the Pascagoula region were a small tribe of Native Americans who settled by the Pascagoula river. The city derived its name from "Pasca Okla," a Native American term meaning "bread people." Hernando De Soto was the first Spanish explorer to come to this region, arrivng in the 1540s. Joseph Simon De La Pointe, his aunt Madame Chaumont and Jean Baptiste Baudreau Dit Graveline are believed to be the first settlers in the area. It came under the possession of the United States in 1812. In 1892, Pascagoula was incorporated as a village. It received city status in 1901. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit Mississippi, and large parts of Pascagoula suffered serious damages as a result.

Pascagoula and nearby Attractions

  • Mardis Gras Museum
  • Old Spanish Fort
  • Fort Morgan Historic Site
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Shepard State Park

Things To Do In Pascagoula

The Mardis Gras Museum and the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum are close by to Pascagoula. The Walter Anderson Museum of Art includes the work of artist Walter Inglis Anderson, and his brothers James McConnell Anderson and Peter Anderson. The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art showcases pottery collections of George Ohr. However, all these museums were devastated by the Hurricane Katrina, and are in the process of reconstruction. The Gulf Islands National Seashore, which stretches from Mississippi's West Ship Island to Florida's Santa Rosa Island, was also hit by the hurricane. The seashore currently offers facilities for picnicking and fishing. At the Shepard State Park, visitors can enjoy nature walks, camping, fishing, boating and picnicking. The Bellingrath Gardens Estuarium and the Mobile Botanical Gardens are also accessible from Pascagoula.

Pascagoula Transportation

Flights are available from Mobile Regional Airport.

Pascagoula Higher Education

Bishop State Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Spring Hill College, the University of Mobile and the University of South Alabama are all nearby.


Total Population 22,230
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 8,852
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 37.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.6%
Median Earnings25+ $29,727
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,309
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,767


Median Family Income $46,825
% Above Poverty Level 72.8%
% Below Poverty Level 27.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 36.5%
Median Gross Rent $735
Median House Value $104,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.1%
US/American 0%
English 7.1%
Irish 8.2%

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

Pascagoula Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles E of Biloxi, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 95 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Jackson
Metro Area Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula
Standard Zip Codes 39562, 39563, 39567, 39581
P.O. Box Zip Codes 39568, 39569
Company Zip Codes 39595
Phone Area Codes 228
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.365
Longitude -88.556

Pascagoula Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 60 F
Apr Temp 55 to 75 F
Jul Temp 72 to 90 F
Oct Temp 56 to 79 F
Annual Precip 67 inches
Station BILOXI
Distance 25.5 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 58 F
Apr Temp 59 to 74 F
Jul Temp 75 to 89 F
Oct Temp 61 to 77 F
Annual Precip 64.8 inches
Distance 29.3 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 58 F
Apr Temp 62 to 74 F
Jul Temp 77 to 89 F
Oct Temp 65 to 77 F
Annual Precip 64.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bigpoint (39567)

East Moss Point (39563)

Eastlawn (39567)

Eastside (39563)

Kreole (39563, 39567)

Orange Grove (39567)

Pasgoula (39567)

Pecan (39567)

Three Rivers (39567)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Biloxi 44,825 $46,443
Gautier 18,563 $51,786
Moss Point 13,685 $43,889
Ocean Springs 17,528 $75,839

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

Pascagoula Public Libraries

Jackson-george Regional Library System
Pascagoula, Mississippi
(228) 769-3060

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Pascagoula Hospitals

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(228) 809-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,206 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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