Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

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Bay Saint Louis is a city located in Hancock County, Mississippi. It is part of the GulfportBiloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 8,209. It is the county seat of Hancock County[1]. Like several other upper Gulf Coast cities, Bay Saint Louis was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 (see details below) and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.



Bay St. Louis is located at 30°18'53" North, 89°20'39" West (30.314696, −89.344096)[2]. It is situated on the Bay of Saint Louis, which empties into the Mississippi Sound.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.9 square miles (43.7 km²), of which, 6.1 square miles (15.9 km²) of it is land and 10.7 square miles (27.8 km²) of it is water. The total area is 63.70% water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 8,209 people, 3,271 households, and 2,064 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,342.1 people per square mile (517.9/km²). There were 3,817 housing units at an average density of 624.1/sq mi (240.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.23% White, 16.59% African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 1.68% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,271 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% have someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size is 3.05.

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