Petal, Mississippi

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Petal is a city in Forrest County, Mississippi, United States, along the Leaf River. It is part of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population is 10,617 per the US Census estimates performed in July 2007.

The American Checkers Federation is based in Petal. Tom Walters (safety for the Washington Redskins) is from Petal. University of Alabama football legend, Ray Perkins, attended Petal High School where he was an All-American. Petal is also the home town of Jerry Edwards, Executive Vice President of The Home Depot. The current mayor of Petal is Hal Marx.



Petal is located at 31°20′48″N 89°15′20″W / 31.34667°N 89.25556°W / 31.34667; -89.25556 (31.346740, -89.255485).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 square miles (25.1 km²), of which, 9.7 square miles (25.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.21%) is water. Following an annexation effort approved in 2002, the total area of the city is now estimated at 16.9 square miles (44 km2), according to a recent study by the firm Slaughter and Associates.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,579 people, 2,979 households, and 2,079 families residing in the city. The population density was 783.8 people per square mile (302.6/km²). There were 3,208 housing units at an average density of 331.7/sq mi (128.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.93% White, 4.43% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.

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