Forrest County, Mississippi

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Forrest County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is part of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 72,604. Forrest County was carved out of the western portion of Perry County in 1908.[1] It is named in honor of Nathan B. Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and a Confederate general in the American Civil War. Its county seat and largest city is Hattiesburg[2].

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 470 square miles (1,217.3 km2), of which 467 square miles (1,209.5 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.76%) is water.

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