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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,736
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens14.2%
Employed Population 16+4,616
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married50.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25%
Median Earnings25+$31,984
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,914
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,985

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,847
% Above Poverty Level90.2%
% Below Poverty Level9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone23.8%
Median Gross Rent$811
Median House Value$136,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30.1%
Irish10.8%
German9.4%
English9.2%
Scottish6.3%
French Except Basque3.8%
Italian2.3%
Russian0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Polish0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Arab0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
African0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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Petal Almanac

CategoryValue
County Forrest County
Standard Zip Codes39465
Phone Area Codes769,601
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude31.34
Approximate Longitude-89.25

Petal Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHATTIESBURG 5 SW
Distance8 miles
Jan Temp36 to 60 F
Apr Temp53 to 78 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp53 to 80 F
Annual Precip62.4 inches
StationRICHTON 3 SSE
Distance21.5 miles
Jan Temp35 to 59 F
Apr Temp50 to 77 F
Jul Temp69 to 92 F
Oct Temp50 to 79 F
Annual Precip59.7 inches
StationPOPLARVILLE EXP STN
Distance38.4 miles
Jan Temp38 to 60 F
Apr Temp54 to 77 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip63.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ellisville4,561$33,889
Hattiesburg46,846$39,627
New Augusta799$39,405
Purvis2,447$48,194
Richton1,020$31,827
Sumrall1,795$60,417

Petal Public Schools

Petal Elementary
1179 Hwy 42 E
ZIP: 39465
(601) 582-7454
Primary
Total Enrollment 581
Petal High School
1145 Highway 42 E
ZIP: 39465
(601) 583-3538
High
Total Enrollment 1250
Petal Middle School
203 East Central Avenue
ZIP: 39465
(601) 584-6301
Middle
Total Enrollment 652
Petal Primary School
60 Herrington Road
ZIP: 39465
(601) 554-7244
Primary
Total Enrollment 1053
Petal Upper Elementary School
400 Hillcrest Loop
ZIP: 39465
(601) 584-7660
Middle
Total Enrollment 601
Runnelstown Elementary School
9214 Highway 42
ZIP: 39465
(601) 544-2811
Primary
Total Enrollment 329
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