Moss Point, Mississippi
Moss Point City Hall
Moss Point City Hall
Location of Moss Point in the state of Mississippi
Location of Moss Point in the state of Mississippi
Moss Point, Mississippi is located in the United States
Moss Point, Mississippi
Moss Point, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 30°24′42″N 88°32′04″W / 30.411744°N 88.534355°W / 30.411744; -88.534355Coordinates: 30°24′42″N 88°32′04″W / 30.411744°N 88.534355°W / 30.411744; -88.534355
CountryUnited States
Incorporated1901 (as a city)
 • MayorBilly Knight, Sr.
 • Total26.57 sq mi (68.80 km2)
 • Land24.11 sq mi (62.45 km2)
 • Water2.45 sq mi (6.35 km2)
16 ft (5 m)
 • Total12,147
 • Density503.75/sq mi (194.50/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
39562, 39563, 39581
Area code228
FIPS code28-49240
GNIS feature ID0673878

Moss Point is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 13,704 at the 2010 census,[2] a decline from the figure of 17,653 in 2000. The Moss Point Historic District and several individual buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places' Jackson County listings.


On August 29, 2005, Moss Point was hit by the strong east side of Hurricane Katrina, and much of the city was flooded or destroyed (see details below). Moss Point is home to Trent Lott International Airport and the Mississippi Export Railroad.


Moss Point is in southeastern Jackson County, on the east side of the Pascagoula River. It is bordered to the south by the city of Pascagoula, the county seat, and to the north by unincorporated Escatawpa. The Escatawpa River flows east–west through the city into the Pascagoula River.

U.S. Route 90 forms the southeastern boundary of Moss Point, leading southwestward into Pascagoula and northeastward to Interstate 10, which runs through the northern part of the Moss Point city limits. I-10 leads west 22 miles (35 km) to the Biloxi area and northeast 36 miles (58 km) to Mobile, Alabama. Mississippi Highways 63 and 613 (Main Street) are north–south roads through Moss Point. Highway 63 leads south to US-90 and north 38 miles (61 km) to Lucedale, while Highway 613 leads south 4 miles (6 km) to the center of Pascagoula and north 5 miles (8 km) to Escatawpa.

Moss Point has a total area of 26.6 square miles (68.8 km2), of which 24.2 square miles (62.6 km2) are land and 2.4 square miles (6.3 km2), or 9.11%, are water.[2]

Moss Point (right edge) is north of Pascagoula, on Mississippi Highway 63, north of the Gulf of Mexico.
Moss Point (right edge) is north of Pascagoula, on Mississippi Highway 63, north of the Gulf of Mexico.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

2020 census

Moss Point racial composition[4]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,617 21.54%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 8,655 71.25%
Native American 23 0.19%
Asian 40 0.33%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 361 2.97%
Hispanic or Latino 450 3.7%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 12,147 people, 5,102 households, and 3,263 families residing in the city.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,653 people, 6,714 households, and 5,228 families residing in the city. The population density 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, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

Home in the Moss Point Historic District
Home in the Moss Point Historic District

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 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 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.


The city is served by the Moss Point School District.

Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, 2005, Moss Point was hit by the strong eastern side of Hurricane Katrina, when it passed 30 miles (48 km) east of central New Orleans with minimal gale-force winds. However, on the east 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 (6.1 m) in some sections.[5]

Sister city

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Burlington, Vermont, became the sister city of Moss Point and provided much-needed aid to the city.[6]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Moss Point city, Mississippi". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  3. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  5. ^ Gary Tuchman, Transcript of "Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees" (2006-08-29) 19:00 ET, CNN, CNN-ACooper082906 GARY TUCHMAN, CNN Correspondent: Responds to Anderson Cooper that it felt like it would never end, saying winds were at least 100 miles per hour in Gulfport for seven hours, between about 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. For another five or six hours, on each side of that, they had hurricane-force winds over 75 miles per hour; much of the city of Gulfport, Mississippi, in Harrison County of 71,000 was then under water.
  6. ^ Moss Point receives aid from Burlington, VT; become sister cities Archived 2008-06-07 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ John Brock, "local boy", makes it to the big time"