Introduction to Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The Mississippi city of Hattiesburg, county seat of Forrest County, is centrally located, about 90 minutes from the state capital of Jackson and roughly the same distance from New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama. Hattiesburg is home to the University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey College, and Camp Shelby, the largest National Guard training base east of the Mississippi River. Known as the "Hub City," Hattiesburg is situated at the intersections of Interstate 59 and U.S. Routes 11, 49, and 98.

Founded in 1882 by pioneer lumberman Captain William H. Hardy and incorporated in 1884, Hattiesburg was originally called Twin Forks and later Gordonville. The city's final name of Hattiesburg was designated in honor of Hardy's wife Hattie. A giant in the timber industry during the late 1800s, Hattiesburg today stands as a principal educational, retail and medical center for the southeast Mississippi region. Despite its geographical location 75 miles inland, Hattiesburg was hit very hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Although damage was not catastrophic to the same degree as New Orleans and other coastal areas, around 10,000 structures received major damage of some type, power was out for up to two weeks, and about 80 percent of the city's roads were blocked by trees. Nevertheless, Hattiesburg has been recognized nationally over the last several years for its livability, especially in the area of health care.

Attractions in and around Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg has a lot to offer in terms of arts, culture, and entertainment. Here is a list of some of its more popular attractions:

  • Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby: Houses memorabilia from the Civil War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf Wars
  • Library of Hattiesburg: Home to a unique circular mural with historical and contemporary images of South Mississippi
  • Flint Creek Water Park: Features four giant waterslides, plus fishing, swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, and camping
  • Pep's Point: A spring-fed lake facility offering a sandy beach, swimming, water slides, boat rentals, and picnic areas
  • Degrummond Children's Literature Museum: Located on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi
  • Saenger Theater: An elegant 1,000 seat movie palace located in downtown Hattiesburg
  • William Carey College Theatre and Carey Dinner Theatre: Musical productions are presented from mid June to late July. Other theater productions are presented in April, October, and November
  • Hattiesburg Zoo at Kamper Park
  • Hattiesburg's African American Military History Museum
  • Hattiesburg Area Historical Society Museum
  • Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
  • University of Southern Mississippi's Museum of Art
  • Lucile Parker Art Gallery at William Carey College

Sports fans will recognize the rich history of the University of Southern Mississippi athletics. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles compete in the C-USA Conference and participate in the NCAA's Division I (Division I-A for football). For professional sports, a fan's best bet is to take the 90-minute drive to New Orleans, where major league caliber sports can be found. The New Orleans Saints of the National Football League play their games in the recently restored Superdome, and basketball fans in New Orleans can watch the NBA's New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.


Total Population 46,762
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 20,614
Age of the Population 28


% of people married 27.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.9%
Median Earnings25+ $22,466
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,814
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,933


Median Family Income $36,221
% Above Poverty Level 62.2%
% Below Poverty Level 37.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 36%
Median Gross Rent $716
Median House Value $106,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.5%
US/American 0%
English 5.4%
Irish 6.8%

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

Hattiesburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 67 miles N of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 105 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Forrest
Metro Area Hattiesburg
Standard Zip Codes 39401, 39402
P.O. Box Zip Codes 39403, 39404, 39406, 39407
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.326
Longitude -89.29

Hattiesburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.9 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 23.1 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 36.4 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, Hattiesburg, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Arnold Line (39401)

Barrontown (39401)

Batson (39401)

Bon Homme (39401)

Camp Shelby (39401)

Carterville (39401)

Dixie (39401)

Dixie Pine (39401)

Eatonville (39401)

Glendale (39401)

Hattiesburg South (39401)

Indian Springs (39401)

Lamar Park (39401)

Leeville (39401)

Lux (39401)

Macedonia (39401)

Maybank (39401)

McCallum (39401)

McLaurin (39401)

Meyers (39401)

Morriston (39401)

Oak Grove (39401)

Palmers Crossing (39401)

Rawls Springs (39401)

Runnelstown (39401)

Southern (39401)

Sunrise (39401)

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
New Augusta 835 $37,670
Petal 10,723 $63,764
Purvis 2,160 $48,952
Seminary 447 $67,708
Sumrall 1,714 $61,513

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

Hattiesburg Public Libraries

The Library Of Hattiesburg, Petal & Forrest C
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
(601) 582-4461
Library Web Site

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Hattiesburg Hospitals

(601) 268-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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6051 US HIGHWAY 49
(601) 288-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,133 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

A Title I School.
Serves 906 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

Serves 425 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

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