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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.

People

Total Population 6,449
Male Share of the Population 50.9%
Female Share of the Population 49.1%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,699
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 32.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $40,044
% Above Poverty Level 74.3%
% Below Poverty Level 25.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.3%
Median Gross Rent $711
Median House Value $127,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.4%
US/American 0%
English 2.4%
Irish 14.8%

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

Waveland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles W of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 47 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Hancock
Metro Area Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula
Standard Zip Codes 39576
Phone Area Codes 228
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.286
Longitude -89.376

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)

Station WAVELAND
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 59 F
Apr Temp 56 to 75 F
Jul Temp 73 to 90 F
Oct Temp 57 to 78 F
Annual Precip 65.5 inches
Station BAY ST LOUIS NASA
Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 61 F
Apr Temp 55 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 65.9 inches
Station GULFPORT NAVAL CENTER
Distance 16 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bay St. Louis 10,861 $44,191
Gulfport 70,642 $42,613
Long Beach 15,369 $60,655
Pass Christian 5,130 $55,321
Picayune 10,784 $47,552

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

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