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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,382
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+2,759
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married36.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16%
Median Earnings25+$31,090
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,654
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,468

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,538
% Above Poverty Level81.1%
% Below Poverty Level18.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone34.2%
Median Gross Rent$726
Median House Value$125,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)29.7%
German12.7%
French Except Basque11.2%
English9%
Irish8.9%
Italian4.2%
Dutch2.4%
Arab1.9%
Welsh1.3%
Norwegian0.9%
West Indian0.7%
Nigerian0.6%
Scottish0.6%
African0.6%
Russian0.6%
Jamaican0.5%
Polish0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Danishn0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Serbian0.2%
British0.2%
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Waveland Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hancock County
Standard Zip Codes39576
Phone Area Codes228
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude30.28
Approximate Longitude-89.38

Waveland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWAVELAND
Distance1 miles
Jan Temp40 to 59 F
Apr Temp56 to 75 F
Jul Temp73 to 90 F
Oct Temp57 to 78 F
Annual Precip65.5 inches
StationBAY ST LOUIS NASA
Distance13.6 miles
Jan Temp39 to 61 F
Apr Temp55 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip65.9 inches
StationGULFPORT NAVAL CENTER
Distance16 miles
Jan Temp43 to 61 F
Apr Temp59 to 77 F
Jul Temp74 to 91 F
Oct Temp60 to 79 F
Annual Precip65.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bay St. Louis11,918$46,030
Gulfport71,318$45,052
Long Beach15,446$62,023
Pass Christian5,475$52,417
Picayune10,528$45,509

Waveland Public Schools

Waveland Elementary School
1101 St Joseph Street
ZIP: 39576
(228) 467-6630
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
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