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Information & Facts about Forrest County, Mississippi


Forrest County Official Website
Administrative Offices of Forrest County, Mississippi
641 N. Main Street
Post Office Box 1310
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401
Phone: (601) 545-6000
Fax:( 601) 545-6919

Hattiesburg is the County seat. There are only two incorporated cities in the county, Hattiesburg and Petal.

Camp Shelby
Joint Forces Training Center


1990 - 68,314
1996 - 73,054
2000 - 72,604
2001 - 72,890 (estimate from US Census)


in southeastern Mississippi about sixty miles from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. To the north are Covington and Jones Counties. On the east is Perry County. South is Stone County and on the west are Lamar and Pearl River Counties.


A current weather page for the county seat, Hattiesburg
Check this page for climate information for the county, particularly the county seat area.

Average precipitation: 60
Average yearly temperature
Average winter temperature: 48
Average summer temperature: 80
Average yearly humidity: 74%

Other Facts & Figures:

Land area: 467 square miles
Water area: 4 square miles
Persons per square mile:
155.6 (2000)

Household Median Income: $27,420 (2000)
Family Median Income: $35,791 (2000)
Per Capita Income: $15,160 (2000)
Average Housing Cost: $96,226 (2000)


19 April 1906, the legislature called for the formation of a new county. After a special election was called, the voters approved the formation. Forrest County was officially created from Perry County on 6 January 1908 with Hattiesburg chosen as the county seat from the start. It was named for the Confederate Cavalry leader, General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Forrest County historical timeline from 1818 to 1998

Check this history page for Forrest County


Latitude: 31.314
Longitude: 89.294


Mississippi Genealogy Network page for Forrest County
US GenWeb page for Forrest County

The Political Graveyard for Forrest County


Forrest County Library


Forrest County Schools
Petal Municipal Separate School District
Pearl River Community College
University of Southern Mississippi
William Carey College
Mississippi State University - Extension Service


Forrest County has traditionally been a rural county with farms and small communities. Hattiesburg is the largest city and the main population growth has occurred in this area. The local economy has grown in the early 21st century with the addition of an Industrial Park with many nationally known manufacturers.

Organizations & Groups:

Hattiesburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Hattiesburg Area Historical Society
127 W Front St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401-3461
Phone: 601-545-4582

Attractions & Other Information:

Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport
1002 Terminal Dr.
Moselle, MS 39459
Phone: (601) 545-3111/649-2444
FAX: (601) 545-3155

Forrest General Hospital
Hattiesburg, MS

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