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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 Population6,454
Male Share of the Population49.7%
Female Share of the Population50.3%
Senior Citizens12.8%
Employed Population 16+2,814
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married33.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.8%
Median Earnings25+$30,516
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,611
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,438

Wealth

Median Family Income$47,917
% Above Poverty Level78.3%
% Below Poverty Level21.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone31.1%
Median Gross Rent$721
Median House Value$122,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)28.6%
Irish15%
French Except Basque12.3%
German11.1%
Italian4%
West Indian3.5%
English3.4%
Dutch2.9%
Arab1.6%
Jamaican1%
Welsh0.8%
Nigerian0.7%
African0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Russian0.6%
Swedish0.4%
Polish0.4%
Danishn0.3%
British0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Serbian0.2%
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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. Louis11,448$46,528
Gulfport71,265$44,405
Long Beach15,450$62,244
Pass Christian5,302$54,020
Picayune10,732$50,875
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Waveland Public Schools

Early Education Center
105 Tiffany St
(228) 466-4175
Waveland Elementary School
1101 St Joseph St
(228) 467-6630
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
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