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Forrest County, Mississippi

630 N Main St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: (601) 582-3213
Fax: (601) 545-6065
www.co.forrest.ms.us

In southeastern MS, southwest of Laurel; organized Apr 19, 1906 from Perry County. Name Origin: For Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-77), Confederate general often quoted as saying "Get there fustest with the mostest."

Area (sq mi):: 470.17 (land 466.58; water 3.59) Population per square mile: 160.90
Population 2005: 75,095 State rank: 9 Population change: 2000-20005 3.40%; 1990-2000 6.30% Population 2000: 72,604 (White 63.70%; Black or African American 33.60%; Hispanic or Latino 1.30%; Asian 0.70%; Other 1.40%). Foreign born: 2.00%. Median age: 29.70
Income 2000: per capita $15,160; median household $27,420; Population below poverty level: 22.50% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $21,337-$24,803
Unemployment (2004): 5.50% Unemployment change (from 2000): 2.10% Median travel time to work: 21.60 minutes Working outside county of residence: 25.50%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Hattiesburg County seat (46,442)

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    Less a parcel of land located in part of the sw 1/4 of the nw 1/4 of section 16, township 3 north, range 12 west, forrest county, mississippi.
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