Waveland, Mississippi

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Waveland, Mississippi

Introduction to Waveland, Mississippi

Waveland, Mississippi, in Hancock county, is located 17 miles W of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center) and is 47 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is in the Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula area. There are 6,674 residents in Waveland.

Waveland History

Waveland was originally a part of the old Shieldsboro. In 1888, it became a separate municipality. Prior to adopting its present name, the city was known as Grand Bend and Montgomery Station. The first post office of the area was established in 1875 and Joseph Carrio was appointed as the first postmaster. L.H. Fairchild was the first mayor of Waveland. The city was incorporated in 1972. Waveland suffered major destruction on August 17, 1969 when it was hit by the Hurricane Camille, and again on August 29, 2005 by the Hurricane Katrina.

Waveland and nearby Attractions

  • Buccaneer State Park
  • Jimmy Rutherford Fishing Pier
  • Ohr - O'Keefe Museum of Art
  • Mardis Gras Museum
  • Fort Pike State Historic Site

Things To Do In Waveland

Waveland is home to the Buccaneer State Park, which offers facilities for swimming and fishing. The park also includes a scenic nature trail. One can visit the Fort Pike State Historic Site, which includes a museum and picnic area. The city offers easy access to Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Ohr - O'Keefe Museum of Art, and Mardis Gras Museum. The Waveland United Methodist Church, Saint Claire’s Catholic Church, and Lutheran Church of the Pines are some of the local churches. The Elwood Memorial Park is also worth taking a look around.

Waveland Transportation

Stennis International Airport is close by.

Waveland Higher Education

Pearl River Community College, Southern University at New Orleans, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offer higher educational facilities.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 8% Waveland Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 10% Waveland Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 11% Waveland Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 11% Waveland People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 18% Waveland College Educated Adults
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Waveland Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Waveland, Mississippi

Comparing Waveland 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
Female Share of the Population 7 3
Racial Diversity 7 6
Age of the Population 7 9
Senior Citizens 5 6
Well-Paid Single Women 5 10
Well-Paid Single Men 4 10
Male Share of the Population 4 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 4 3
Portion of People Married 4 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 5 9
People in Middle Class or Better 4 9
People Above Poverty 4 9
Median Family Income 3 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 4 4
Working at Home 4 8
Public Transportation Use 3 4
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 1
People Living Alone 7 7
Housing Recently Built 7 5
Affordability of Rents 6 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 8 8
Low Property Crime 2 4

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Waveland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles W of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 47 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Hancock
Metro Area Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula
Standard Zip Codes 39576
Phone Area Codes 228
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.286
Longitude -89.376

Waveland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1 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 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 61 F
Apr Temp 55 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 65.9 inches
Distance 16 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
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Waveland Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,674 100%
Male 3,160 47.3%
Female 3,514 52.7%
Under 18 1,738 26%
18+ 4,936 74%
65+ 947 14.2%
Median Age 38
Average Family Size 3.01
White 5,698 85.4%
African-American 748 11.2%
Asian 100 1.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 33 0.5%
Other 33 0.5%
Mixed Race 60 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 135 2%

Estimated Waveland Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,227
Growth 553
Growth % 8.3%

Waveland 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) 21.9%
French (except Basque) 16.8%
US/American 14%
German 12.8%
Irish 10.8%
English 7.3%
Italian 4.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
French Canadian 1.4%
Dutch 1.3%
Swedish 1.3%
British 1.2%
Scottish 1.2%
Norwegian 1%
Welsh 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Polish 0.4%
Iranian 0.2%
Luxemburger 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
African 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Waveland 6,674 $38,438
Bay St. Louis 8,209 $41,957
Gulfport 71,127 $39,213
Long Beach 17,320 $50,014
Pass Christian 6,579 $46,232
Picayune 10,535 $33,260

Wal-mart in Waveland

(As of 2006)
460 Hwy 90
(228) 467-4371
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