Introduction to Picayune, Mississippi

Picayune, Mississippi is located 36 miles W of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center) and is 46 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is in Pearl River county.

Picayune History

This city was named by Elia Jane Poitevent Nicholson, who was the publisher as well as owner of the New Orleans Daily Picayune newspaper. She named it after her newspaper. Picayune was incorporated as a town in 1905, and as a city in 1922.

Picayune and nearby Attractions

  • Picayune Shopping Center
  • Friendship Park
  • Carver Culture Museum
  • Jack Read Park

Things To Do In Picayune

The Northgate Shopping Center and Picayune Shopping Center are the ideal places for spending a fun-filled time chilling out and shopping. Friendship Park comes with a range of recreational facilities for its visitors. The Jack Read Park has a serene atmosphere which is perfect for relaxing. Another notable attraction that is frequented by visitors is the Carver Culture Museum. In addition, the city plays host to the Picayune Spring Street Fair and Picayune Fall Street Fair every year.

Picayune Transportation

Stennis International Airport is close to the city.

Picayune Higher Education

For higher education, residents of Picayune can attend the nearby Pearl River Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, University of New Orleans, or Southern University at New Orleans.


Total Population 10,784
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 3,901
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 42.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $47,552
% Above Poverty Level 76.3%
% Below Poverty Level 23.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29.1%
Median Gross Rent $782
Median House Value $109,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.6%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 7.2%

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

Picayune Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles W of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 46 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Pearl River
Standard Zip Codes 39466
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.525
Longitude -89.679

Picayune Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 61 F
Apr Temp 54 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 63.4 inches
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 60 F
Apr Temp 54 to 78 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 64 inches
Distance 23.7 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, Picayune, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Caesar (39466)

Cybur (39466)

Goodyear (39466)

Greenbrier Park (39466)

Industrial (39466)

Richardson (39466)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Poplarville 2,919 $52,159
Waveland 6,449 $40,044

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

Picayune Public Libraries

Pearl River County Library System
Picayune, Mississippi
(601) 798-5081
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Picayune Hospitals

(662) 798-4711
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,109 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

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