Introduction to Petal, Mississippi

Petal, Mississippi is located 68 miles N of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center) and is 107 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is in Forrest county. The city is part of the Hattiesburg metro area. The population of Petal is 7,579.

Petal History

Petal is the only US city that has this name. The first post office was established in 1903 and its first postmaster was Irving A. Polk. Petal was named after the daughter of the postmaster. The city is in Forrest County which was founded in 1906.

Petal and nearby Attractions

  • Petal Plaza Shopping Center
  • Optimist Park
  • The Puttin' Place
  • Paul B. Johnson State Park

Things To Do In Petal

Tourists are fond of shopping at the Petal Plaza Shopping Center. The Optimist Park as well as the Paul B. Johnson State Park offer several recreational facilities for the enjoyment of the visitors. The amusement park called Puttin' Place is the ideal destination for a visit with kids and family.

Petal Transportation

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is close to Petal.

Petal Higher Education

There are several higher education institutes near the city. Among them include the University of Southern Mississippi, Jones County Junior College, Pearl River Community College, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.


Total Population 10,723
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 4,712
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 51.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.4%
Median Earnings25+ $32,585
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,768
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,645


Median Family Income $63,764
% Above Poverty Level 88.2%
% Below Poverty Level 11.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 25.1%
Median Gross Rent $895
Median House Value $132,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31%
US/American 0%
English 9.1%
Irish 11.5%

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

Petal Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 68 miles N of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 107 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Forrest
Metro Area Hattiesburg
Standard Zip Codes 39465
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.346
Longitude -89.26

Petal 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 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 60 F
Apr Temp 53 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 53 to 80 F
Annual Precip 62.4 inches
Distance 21.5 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 59 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 79 F
Annual Precip 59.7 inches
Distance 38.4 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 60 F
Apr Temp 54 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 63.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Harvey (39465)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ellisville 4,566 $29,366
Hattiesburg 46,762 $36,221
New Augusta 835 $37,670
Purvis 2,160 $48,952
Richton 928 $33,125
Sumrall 1,714 $61,513

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

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Petal High Schools

1145 HIGHWAY 42 E
Serves 998 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

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