Moss Point, Mississippi

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Moss Point is a city, north of Pascagoula
Pascagoula, Mississippi
Pascagoula is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, United States. It is the principal city of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area, as a part of the Gulfport–Biloxi–Pascagoula, Mississippi Combined Statistical Area. The population was 26,200 at the 2000 census...

, in Jackson County
Jackson County, Mississippi
There were 47,676 households out of which 37.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 14.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.10% were non-families. 20.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.10% had...

, Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi is a U.S. state located in the Southern United States. Jackson is the state capital and largest city. The name of the state derives from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western boundary, whose name comes from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi...

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. The population was 17,653 at the 2000 census.

On August 29, 2005, Moss Point was hit by the strong east side of Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was a powerful Atlantic hurricane. It is the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall...

, and much of Moss Point was flooded or destroyed (see details below).

Geography


Moss Point is located at 30.410999°N 88.525140°W.
According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 26.8 square miles (69.4 km²), of which, 25 square miles (64.7 km²) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²) of it (6.61%) is water.

Demographics


As of the census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 17,653 people, 6,714 households, and 5,228 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 634.0 people per square mile (344.8/km²). There were 6,237 housing units at an average density of 249.4 per square mile (96.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 28.04% White, 70.56% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 5,714 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 23.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,075, and the median income for a family was $37,712. Males had a median income of $31,126 versus $20,550 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the city was $15,537. About 15.8% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.2% of those under age 18 and 17.3% of those age 65 or over.

Hurricane Katrina


On August 29, 2005, Moss Point was hit by the strong eastern side of Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was a powerful Atlantic hurricane. It is the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall...

, when it passed 30 miles (48.3 km) east of central New Orleans with minimal gale-force winds. However, on the strong side of Hurricane Katrina, much of Moss Point was flooded or destroyed in one day, by the strong hurricane-force winds which lasted several hours and a storm surge exceeding 20 feet (6 m) in some sections. Even though the City of Moss Point was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the city has been able to make a recovery without all the national attention as New Orleans did. Many residents feel as if other parts of the coast were pretty much ignored in the wake of New Orleans, a much larger city.

Sister city


In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Burlington
Burlington, Vermont
Burlington is the largest city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the shire town of Chittenden County. Burlington lies south of the U.S.-Canadian border and some south of Montreal....

, Vermont
Vermont
Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. The state ranks 43rd in land area, , and 45th in total area. Its population according to the 2010 census, 630,337, is the second smallest in the country, larger only than Wyoming. It is the only New England...

 became the sister city of Moss Point and provided much-needed aid to the city.

People

  • John Brock
    John Brock (CEO)
    John F. Brock , is the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. , the world’s largest marketer, distributor, and producer of Coca-Cola products...

    , CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises
    Coca-Cola Enterprises
    Coca-Cola Enterprises is a marketer, producer, and distributor of Coca-Cola products. It is the anchor bottler for Western Europe, and was formerly the anchor bottler for most of North America....

    , born in Moss Point, and graduated from Moss Point High School in 1967.
  • Robert C. Khayat, chancellor of the University of Mississippi
  • Don Hultz
    Don Hultz
    William Donald Hultz is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League. He is the child of Wilfred R. and Faye Hultz....

    , NFL football player (birthplace)
  • George Wonsley
    George Wonsley
    George Ivory Wonsley is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 1984 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mississippi State....

    , NFL football player (birthplace)
  • Damarius Bilbo
    Damarius Bilbo
    Damarius Bilbo is an American football player. He played college football at Georgia Tech as a quarterback and wide receiver.- High school :...

    , NFL football player and sports agent graduated from Moss Point High School in 2001

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