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Census Data for Moss Point ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Moss Point a population of 13,350 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Moss Point a population of 13,704 people.

The city of Moss Point is located in Jackson County. The 2010 Census gave Jackson County; a population of 139,668 people. This means that Moss Point had 9.81% of the county's total population, making it Jackson's 4th most populous community.

At the same time, Mississippi had a population of 2,967,297 people, meaning that Moss Point had 0.46% of the total population of Mississippi - making it the state's 30th most populous community.

Area ...

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Moss Point has a total area of 26.58 square miles [68.8 km²]. Of this total, 24.16 square miles [62.6 km²] is land, with the balance (9.11%) being water (2.42 square miles [6.3 km²]).

Jackson County has a land area of 722 square miles [1,871.9 km²]. At 24.16 square miles [62.6 km²], Moss Point has 3.34% of the county's total land area.

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    • When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Moss Point, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.
    • Things like population, area and housing for Moss Point reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Moss Point might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
    • Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:
    • Lat:   30° 25' 30"   (or 30.43°)
    • Lon:   -88° 31' 45"   (or -88.53°)
    • More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Moss Point had 6,194 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 13,704 people, this averages 2.21 people per Housing Unit.

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    • The 2010 Census shows Moss Point had a land area of 24.16 square miles [62.6 km²]. This translates to 233.1 Housing Units per square mile [90 housing units/km²].
    • From the Census of 2000: Moss Point had 6,237 Housing Units, a population of 15,851 people and a land area of 25 square miles [64.8 km²]. This gives a density of 2.54 people per Housing Unit and 233 Housing Units per square mile [90 housing units/km²].
    • Note: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Moss Point and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Jackson County ...

The community of Moss Point is located in Jackson County<4>.

The county had a population of 139,668 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 13,704 people, Moss Point represented 9.81% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Moss Point has a population density of 515 people per square mile [199.1 people/km²], Jackson County averages 193.2 people per square mile [74.6 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Jackson County.

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Moss Point, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Moss Point. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change.

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    • Although we don't have specific information about the shape of the polygon for Moss Point or how it changed has over time, there is some information that can give us some hints. For example, since the shape of the sampling area is directly related to the shape of the polygon, any change to area probably indicates a new shape for the polygon.
    • If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Moss Point, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Moss Point.

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    • For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
    • Lat:   30.425002°   (or 30°25'30" N)
    • Lon:   -88.529373°   (or -88°31'45" W)
    • For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
    • Lat:   30.410999°   (or 30°24'39" N)
    • Lon:   -88.525140°   (or -88°31'30" W)
    • The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 5,275 feet to the north<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.
    • The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2404313) to Moss Point. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Moss Point. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
    • Lat:   30.424042°   (or 30°25'26" N)
    • Lon:   -88.528874°   (or -88°31'43" W)
    • The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 383.5 feet to the northwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Moss Point. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Moss Point.

Miscellaneous Information for Moss Point ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Jackson County or the city of Moss Point:

  • The GNIS Codes ...
    • The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Moss Point:
    • GNIS ID for Moss Point: 2404313
    • GNIS ID for Jackson County: 695753
    • GNIS ID for State of Mississippi: 1779790
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Moss Point is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #6 (the East South-Central Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Moss Point.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2019.
<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.
<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).
<4>If you're interested in how the shape of Mississippi's counties, including Jackson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 14 degrees and a distance of 5,275 feet.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 24 degrees and a distance of 383.5 feet.






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