Forrest County is located in south-central Mississippi. The County Seat is Hattiesburg and the largest city is Hattiesburg. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.co.forrest.ms.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 76,330 and the 2010 census population was 74,932. The land area is 466.31 square miles and there are 160.7 persons per square mile.
60.3% of the population is White, 36.9% is Black or African American, 3.4% is Hispanic or Latino, 1% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.3% is two or more races. 83.8% have a high school degree or higher, and 27% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $117,500, there are 27,822 households, an average of 2.58 persons per household. The per capita income is $19,736, the median household income is $36,726, and 27.6% of the persons in Forrest County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 5,646. Retail sales (in $1000) were $2,121,634, and sales per capita were $26,812. The percentage of black-owned firms is 12.4%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 24.8%.
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