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Welcome to Petal ...

The city of Petal is located in Forrest County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Petal has a population of 10,632 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Petal.

Petal is 200 feet [61 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Petal lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Petal: (601) and (769)<4>

The ZIP code for Petal: 39465<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Petal had an population of 10,632 people. This is an increase of 1.7% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 40.28% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Petal had a population of 10,454 people (or 13.95% of the total population of Forrest County). This makes Petal the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Petal represents 0.35% of the population of Mississippi (which has 2,967,297 people), making it the state's 41st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 10,454 people, the population of Petal increased 37.93% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 7,579 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Petal.

Communities near Petal ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Petal.

  • Ellisville [Jones County]
  • Purvis [Lamar County]
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    • Purvis [Lamar County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Petal
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,392 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Purvis have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Purvis
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Purvis<7>
  • Sumrall [Lamar County]
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    • Sumrall [Lamar County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the west of Petal
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,867 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sumrall
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sumrall<7>
  • Richton [Perry County]
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    • Richton [Perry County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the east of Petal
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,008 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Richton<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • New Augusta [Perry County]
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      • New Augusta [Perry County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Petal
      • Estimated population in 2019: 601 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Augusta have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Augusta
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Augusta<7>
    • Goodluck [Forrest County]
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      • Goodluck [Forrest County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the east of Petal
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    • West Hattiesburg [Lamar County]
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      • West Hattiesburg [Lamar County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the west of Petal
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Hattiesburg have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Hattiesburg
    • Lux [Covington County]
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      • Lux [Covington County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the northwest of Petal
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lux
    • McLaurin [Forrest County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McLaurin
      • McLaurin [Forrest County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the south of Petal
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    • Wingate [Perry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wingate
      • Wingate [Perry County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the southeast of Petal
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wingate

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Petal. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Petal.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Petal. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Petal.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Petal. See our Newspapers Page for Petal.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Petal ...

Looking for more information about Petal? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Petal, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Petal.

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About Forrest County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Petal. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Forrest County: www.co.forrest.ms.us/

The official website for State of Mississippi: https://www.ms.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Mississippi's counties, including Forrest, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Petal.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Petal - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (769) is an overlay for area code (601).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Petal). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Petal or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Petal) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Petal. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Petal

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Petal. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3469, Longitude: -89.2599    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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