Introduction to Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Ocean Springs, Mississippi is located 3 miles E of Biloxi, Mississippi (center to center) and is 81 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ocean Springs History

Ocean Springs City in Jackson County was so named because of its location on the Gulf of Mexico. Initially, it was known as Lynchburg Springs. The French were among the early settlers in the area, having arrived there in the late 17th century. They were followed by the British and Spanish people. It was in the year 1817 that the region came under the American domination and development began in the city area. In 1854, the city was christened Ocean Springs.

Ocean Springs and nearby Attractions

  • Walter Anderson Museum of Art
  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art
  • Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home
  • Shepard State Park
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

Things To Do In Ocean Springs

The historic city of Ocean Springs offers visitors easy access to a number of museums and historic parks. Among them include the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art. The facilities for camping, fishing and swimming at the Shepard State Park draw huge crowds to this place. Tourists can also visit the Gulf Islands National Seashore, which is a major tourist attraction.

Ocean Springs Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Jackson International Airport.

Ocean Springs Higher Education

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, University of South Alabama and University of Mississippi are some of the higher educational institutes situated in and around Ocean Springs.


Total Population 17,528
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 7,641
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 48%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.3%
Median Earnings25+ $35,512
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,521
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,262


Median Family Income $75,839
% Above Poverty Level 90.7%
% Below Poverty Level 9.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 29.7%
Median Gross Rent $925
Median House Value $146,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.8%
US/American 0%
English 11.7%
Irish 11.8%

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

Ocean Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles E of Biloxi, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Jackson
Metro Area Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula
Standard Zip Codes 39564, 39565
P.O. Box Zip Codes 39566
Phone Area Codes 228
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.411
Longitude -88.827

Ocean Springs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station BILOXI
Distance 9.5 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 18.3 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 40.1 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 60 F
Apr Temp 51 to 79 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 50 to 80 F
Annual Precip 65.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Fontainebleau (39564)

Gulf Islands National Seasho (39564)

Larue (39564)

Polfry (39564)

Van Cleave (39565)

Windsor Park (39564)

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
Gulfport 70,642 $42,613
Long Beach 15,369 $60,655
Moss Point 13,685 $43,889
Pascagoula 22,230 $46,825

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

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Ocean Springs High Schools

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Serves 1,635 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

Serves 1,357 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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Ocean Springs Colleges

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Historic Ocean Springs


Ocean Springs Hotel c1901.

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Ocean Springs Hotel c1901.

Back bay from Col. Sheldon's residence ca. 1900

L. & N. train crossing back bay c1901.

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