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The Cities and communities of Lamar County, Mississippi *

Baxterville

Lumberton

Oak Grove

Oloh

Purvis (County Seat)

Rawls Springs

Sumrall

Talowah

*This list of cities may not be complete

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Information & Facts about Lamar County, Mississippi

Government:

Lamar County, Mississippi official website

Purvis is the County seat

Population:

1990 - 30,482
1995 - 39,070
2000 - 33,635
2001 - 47,279
2010 - 40,482 (projection)

Location:

in south-central Mississippi, not far from the Gulf Coast of the state. To the north is Jefferson Davis County, Covington County and Jones County. On the east side is Forrest County. To the south is Pearl River County and on the west is Marion County.

Climate:

A weather page for the area

Other Facts & Figures:

Average age in county: 32.6 years

Per Capita income:
1990 - $16,422
1995 - $13,382
2000 - $19,959

Average selling price of home - $96,226 (Hattiesburg area)

History:

When the Mississippi Territory was set aside, it came from a portion of Georgia. Three counties were created rather quickly, Adams and Pickering, both in 1799 and Washington in 1800. All the other counties were made from these initial three. The county was named Lamar when it was created in 1908 in honor of Senator L.Q.C. Lamar of Mississippi.

Geography:

Latitude: 31.230
Longitude: 89.455

Land Area: 499 square miles/
70% of land in commercial forest areas

The highest point is Baxter at 404 feet above sea level
The Lowest point is at Okohola at 232 above sea level

In the western area is a hilly section known as the "Devil's Backbone" that goes on into Marion County. There are also some small swampy areas.

Genealogy:

Lamar County GenWeb Project page

Libraries:

Lamar County Library
Headquarters
PO Box 289
122 Shelby Speights Drive
Purvis, MS 39475
Phone: 601-794-8768

Schools:

Lamar County School District
Lumberton Public School District

Economy:

Area Development Partnership
Economic Development in the Hattiesburg MSA

Government is the largest employer in the county with wholesale/retail trade and services in the second and third spots.

Organizations & Groups:

South Mississippi Genealogical and Historical Society
P.O. Box 15271
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39404-5271

Purvis/Lamar County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 598
Purvis, MS 39475
Phone: 601-794-1011
800-730-5089
Fax: 601-794-1025

Attractions & Other Information:

The Hattiesburg American

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