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Hancock County is located in southernmost Mississippi. The County Seat is Bay St. Louis and the largest city is Bay St. Louis. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.hancockcounty.ms.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 45,949 and the 2010 census population was 44,014. The land area is 473.75 square miles and there are 92.7 persons per square mile.
88.2% of the population is White, 8.1% is Black or African American, 3.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.1% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2% is two or more races. 85.4% have a high school degree or higher, and 22% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $133,900, there are 18,145 households, an average of 2.43 persons per household. The per capita income is $22,621, the median household income is $44,522, and 18.7% of the persons in Hancock County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 4,258. Retail sales (in $1000) were $383,192, and sales per capita were $9,642.
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