Hattiesburg, MS

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
172,176
0.421% 1-year growth
US Senator
Roger Wicker
Republican Party
US Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
35.6
0.559% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
20.5%
1.62% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$55,078
7.04% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$160,200
8.39% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
77,217
1.87% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Hattiesburg, MS had a population of 172k people with a median age of 35.6 and a median household income of $55,078. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Hattiesburg, MS grew from 171,455 to 172,176, a 0.421% increase and its median household income grew from $51,454 to $55,078, a 7.04% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Hattiesburg, MS are White (Non-Hispanic) (64.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (28.6%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.44%), White (Hispanic) (1.61%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.15%).

None of the households in Hattiesburg, MS reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.8% of the residents in Hattiesburg, MS are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Hattiesburg, MS are University of Southern Mississippi (3,768 degrees awarded in 2022), William Carey University (1,451 degrees), and Unlimited Cosmetology School (33 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Hattiesburg, MS was $160,200, and the homeownership rate was 63.9%.

Most people in Hattiesburg, MS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Hattiesburg, MS was 2 cars per household.

Hattiesburg, MS borders Laurel, MS and Picayune, MS.

Population & Diversity

Hattiesburg, MS is home to a population of 172k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.12% of Hattiesburg, MS residents were born outside of the country (3.64k people).

In 2022, there were 2.25 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (111k people) in Hattiesburg, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 49.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.8%
2022 Citizenship
98.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.8% of Hattiesburg, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Hattiesburg, MS was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Hattiesburg, MS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    111k ± 207
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    49.3k ± 798
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4.2k ± 740
3.35%
Hispanic Population
5.77k people

In 2022, there were 2.25 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (111k people) in Hattiesburg, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 49.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.35% of the people in Hattiesburg, MS are hispanic (5.77k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    16,383 ± 3,134 people
  2. India
    5,084 ± 1,749 people
  3. Guatemala
    3,926 ± 1,537 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 16,383 Mississippi residents, followed by India with 5,084 and Guatemala with 3,926.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.12%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
3.64k people
2.17%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.72k people

As of 2022, 2.12% of Hattiesburg, MS residents (3.64k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Hattiesburg, MS was 2.17%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,069 ± 399
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,425 ± 512
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,761 ± 398

Hattiesburg, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Hattiesburg, MS employs 77.2k people. The largest industries in Hattiesburg, MS are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,330 people), Retail Trade (9,609 people), and Educational Services (9,198 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($78,403), Utilities ($62,108), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,035).

Males in Mississippi have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,477. The income inequality in Mississippi (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

77.2k
2022 Value
± 2,545
1.87%
1 Year growth
± 4.62%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Hattiesburg, MS grew at a rate of 1.87%, from 75.8k employees to 77.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Hattiesburg, MS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,218 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,718 people), and Management Occupations (7,943 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Hattiesburg, MS.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

77.2k
2022 Value
± 2,545
1.87%
1 Year growth
± 4.62%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Hattiesburg, MS grew at a rate of 1.87%, from 75.8k employees to 77.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Hattiesburg, MS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,330 people), Retail Trade (9,609 people), and Educational Services (9,198 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Hattiesburg, MS, though some of these residents may live in Hattiesburg, MS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$44,392
Median earning men ± $2,600
$28,160
Median earning women ± $1,273

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($61,597), Manufacturing ($57,767), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,586).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($62,538), Wholesale Trade ($41,168), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($35,357).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.38%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.17M people employed in Mississippi. This represents a 1.38% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 12.5%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Mississippi.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,322
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,075
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 841
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Mississippi went to Donald J. Trump with 57.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.611%).

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing the state of Mississippi. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Mississippi

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Roger Wicker
Senator from Mississippi1
Assumed office on December 31, 2007
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Trent Lott.
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Senator from Mississippi2
Assumed office on April 9, 2018
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Thad Cochran.

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing Mississippi.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Mississippi

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Mississippi have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Hattiesburg, MS awarded 5,277 degrees. The student population of Hattiesburg, MS in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 6,570 male students and 12,685 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Hattiesburg, MS are White (3,422 and 66.2%), followed by Black or African American (1,286 and 24.9%), Hispanic or Latino (167 and 3.23%), and Asian (133 and 2.57%).

The largest universities in Hattiesburg, MS by number of degrees awarded are University of Southern Mississippi (3,768 and 71.4%), William Carey University (1,451 and 27.5%), and Unlimited Cosmetology School (33 and 0.625%).

The most popular majors in Hattiesburg, MS are Elementary Education & Teaching (381 and 7.22%), General Business Administration & Management (315 and 5.97%), and Registered Nursing (307 and 5.82%).

The median tuition costs in Hattiesburg, MS are $13,500 for private four year colleges, and $9,340 and $11,340 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Hattiesburg, MS, the percentage of applicants admitted was 96.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 19.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 19,255 (34.1% men and 65.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 19,255 students enrolled in Hattiesburg, MS, 34.1% men and 65.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 11,268 records, of which 65% were women and 35% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 337 degrees awarded
  2. 294 degrees awarded
  3. 211 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Hattiesburg, MS was Elementary Education & Teaching with 337 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Hattiesburg, MS according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,768 degrees awarded
  2. 1,451 degrees awarded
  3. 33 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Southern Mississippi with 3,768 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,664 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Hattiesburg, MS, which is 0.461 times less than the 3,613 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 3,422 degrees mean that there were 2.66 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,286 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($13,500) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,185) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,900) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.04% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.852% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (690k), Some college (543k), and Secondary Education (397k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Hattiesburg, MS was $160,200 in 2022, which is 0.568 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $147,800 to $160,200, a 8.39% increase. The homeownership rate in Hattiesburg, MS is 63.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Hattiesburg, MS have an average commute time of 23.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Hattiesburg, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Hattiesburg, MS is $55,078. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Hattiesburg, MS was DeSoto County, MS with a value of $79,666, followed by Madison County, MS and Rankin County, MS, with respective values of $79,105 and $76,460.

Property

$160,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,594
$41,937
Median Property Taxes
±$1,693

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Hattiesburg, MS the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

63.9%
Homeownership
2022
67.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 63.9% of the housing units in Hattiesburg, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Hattiesburg, MS was DeSoto County, MS with a value of $79,666, followed by Madison County, MS and Rankin County, MS, with respective values of $79,105 and $76,460.

The following map shows all of the counties in Hattiesburg, MS colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$55,078
Median Household Income
± $1,749
65.7k
Number of Households
± 2,300

In 2022, the median household income of the 65.7k households in Hattiesburg, MS grew to $55,078 from the previous year's value of $51,454.

The following chart displays the households in Hattiesburg, MS distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Hattiesburg, MS is from Mississippi.
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Mississippi
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Mississippi

In 2022, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.553% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Mississippi in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (83.2%)
  2. Carpooled (8.19%)
  3. Other (4.2%)

In 2022, 83.2% of workers in Hattiesburg, MS drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.19%) and those who used some unspecified means to get work (4.2%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

23.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Hattiesburg, MS have a shorter commute time (23.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.79% of the workforce in Hattiesburg, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

20.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Hattiesburg, MS (34.2k out of 167k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Hattiesburg, MS is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

88.1% of the population of Hattiesburg, MS has health coverage, with 41.6% on employee plans, 19.6% on Medicaid, 10.5% on Medicare, 13.7% on non-group plans, and 2.65% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Mississippi see 1860 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.59% decrease from the previous year (1890 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2031 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 543 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,860 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Mississippi

Primary care physicians in Mississippi see an average of 1,860 patients per year. This represents a 1.59% decrease from the previous year (1,890 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.3% under 18 years, 24.3% between 18 and 34 years, 36% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.5% were men and 53.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.9%
Uninsured
41.6%
Employer Coverage
19.6%
Medicaid
10.5%
Medicare
13.7%
Non-Group
2.65%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Hattiesburg, MS declined by 4.56% from 12.5% to 11.9%.

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