Introduction to Pass Christian, Mississippi

Pass Christian, Mississippi, in Harrison county, is located 9 miles W of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center) and is 55 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula metropolitan area. Pass Christian contains a population of approximately 6,579.

Pass Christian History

Pass Christian was named after a nearby deep-water pass, which was again named for Nicholas Christian L'Adnier. Pass Christian was founded in 1849. The town was a hot spot for the beach as well as summer homes of the affluent New Orleans people.

Pass Christian and nearby Attractions

  • War Memorial Park
  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
  • Buccaneer State Park
  • Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home

Things To Do In Pass Christian

The exhibits in Lynn Meadows Discovery Center offer a host of information about the local history, science, and arts. Buccaneer State Park comes with facilities for swimming, fishing and playing tennis. War Memorial Park also makes for an enjoyable visit as well. Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home, is the house that was bought by Davis in 1879. This historical site attracts hordes of tourists every year. The Seafood Festival hosted by Pass Christian residents is another popular tourist attraction.

Pass Christian Transportation

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is nearby.

Pass Christian Higher Education

There is no dearth of higher education institutes near the city of Pass Christian including the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Pearl River Community College, University of Southern Mississippi, and Southern University at New Orleans.


Total Population 5,130
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 19.5%
Employed Population 16+ 1,843
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 46.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $55,321
% Above Poverty Level 81.1%
% Below Poverty Level 18.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 27.6%
Median Gross Rent $809
Median House Value $169,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.2%
US/American 0%
English 11.5%
Irish 9.8%

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

Pass Christian Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles W of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Harrison
Metro Area Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula
Standard Zip Codes 39571
Phone Area Codes 228
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.315
Longitude -89.247

Pass Christian Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.2 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 8.3 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 24.9 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, Pass Christian, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cuevas (39571)

Pass Chris (39571)

Pass Christin (39571)

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
Gulfport 70,642 $42,613
Long Beach 15,369 $60,655
Waveland 6,449 $40,044

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

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Pass Christian High Schools

Serves 579 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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Historic Pass Christian


Magnolia Hotel ca. 1900

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Magnolia Hotel ca. 1900

Mexican Gulf Hotel ca. 1900

Mexican Gulf Hotel ca. 1900

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