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Population (year 2000): 7,579
Males: 3,545 (46.8%), Females: 4,034 (53.2%)

Zip code:

Median resident age: 34.5 years
Median household income: $29,637 (year 2000)
Median house value: $61,900 (year 2000)

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Races in Petal:

  • White Non-Hispanic (93.0%)
  • Black (4.4%)
  • Hispanic (1.4%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
  • American Indian (0.6%)
  • Other race (0.5%)

Ancestries: United States (21.2%), Irish (12.1%), English (9.2%), German (8.1%), French (2.0%), Scotch-Irish (2.0%).

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Elevation: 162 feet

Land area: 9.7 square miles

Petal,

For population 25 years and over in Petal

  • High school or higher: 79.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.8%
  • Unemployed: 4.1%
  • Mean travel time to work: 22.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Petal city

  • Never married: 20.4%
  • Now married: 54.9%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 10.2%
  • Divorced: 12.0%

1.3% Foreign born




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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: MS Gulfport, (66.5 miles pop. 71,127).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Orleans, LA New (109.9 miles pop. 484,674).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: TX Houston, (435.0 miles pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: MS Hattiesburg, (4.2 miles Hattiesburg, MS (7.9 miles West MS (17.6 miles Purvis, MS (18.0 miles Ellisville, Augusta, MS (18.3 miles New MS (20.6 miles Sumrall, MS (21.8 miles Richton, MS (22.3 miles Seminary,


Single-family new house construction building permits:
  • 1996: 26 buildings, average cost: $60,200
  • 1997: 26 buildings, average cost: $56,400
  • 1998: 27 buildings, average cost: $64,200
  • 1999: 17 buildings, average cost: $83,500
  • 2000: 16 buildings, average cost: $75,100
  • 2001: 21 buildings, average cost: $80,200
  • 2002: 19 buildings, average cost: $91,000
  • 2003: 21 buildings, average cost: $91,000
  • 2004: 85 buildings, average cost: $109,100
  • 2005: 78 buildings, average cost: $109,700

Latitude: 31.35 N, Longitude: 89.26 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 601


Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.5%), Retail trade (13.2%), Manufacturing (11.5%).

Daytime population change due to commuting: -984 (-13.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 722 (22.0%)


 

Crime in Petal by Year

Type 2001 2002 2003 2004
Murders 0 0 0 0
    per 100,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Rapes 4 1 1 4
    per 100,000 52.8 13.2 13.2 52.8
Robberies 1 4 0 0
    per 100,000 13.2 52.8 0.0 0.0
Assaults 3 4 4 4
    per 100,000 39.6 52.8 52.8 52.8
Burglaries 31 30 33 43
    per 100,000 409.0 395.8 435.4 567.4
Thefts 111 110 125 161
    per 100,000 1464.6 1451.4 1649.3 2124.3
Auto thefts 17 7 19 8
    per 100,000 224.3 92.4 250.7 105.6
138.1 124.8 132.3 164.8


Average climate in Petal, Mississippi

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Petal,

Petal-area historical tornado activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 144% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/28/1987, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 10.6 miles away from the Petal city center killed 6 people and injured 350 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/7/1982, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 4.6 miles away from the city center injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.


Hospitals/medical centers near Petal:
  • WESLEY MEDICAL CENTER (about 9 miles; HATTIESBURG, MS)
  • FORREST GENERAL HOSPITAL (about 13 miles; HATTIESBURG, MS)
  • SOUTH MISSISSIPPI STATE HOSPITAL (about 17 miles; PURVIS, MS)

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Petal:
  • HATTIESBURG-LAUREL REGIONAL (about 10 miles; HATTIESBURG/LAUREL, MS; ID: PIB)
  • GULFPORT-BILOXI INTL (about 67 miles; GULFPORT, MS; ID: GPT)
  • STENNIS INTL (about 69 miles; BAY ST LOUIS, MS; ID: HSA)
Other public-use airports nearest to Petal:
  • BOBBY L CHAIN MUNI (about 7 miles; HATTIESBURG, MS; ID: HBG)
  • RICHTON-PERRY COUNTY (about 23 miles; RICHTON, MS; ID: M59)
  • HESLER-NOBLE FIELD (about 23 miles; LAUREL, MS; ID: LUL)

Amtrak station near Petal:
  • 3 miles: HATTIESBURG (308 NEWMAN ST.). Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Petal:
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (about 13 miles; HATTIESBURG, MS; Full-time enrollment: 12,541)
  • JONES COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE (about 17 miles; ELLISVILLE, MS; FT enrollment: 4,072)
  • PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 43 miles; POPLARVILLE, MS; FT enrollment: 2,433)
  • MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 46 miles; PERKINSTON, MS; FT enrollment: 6,329)
  • MERIDIAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 78 miles; MERIDIAN, MS; FT enrollment: 2,455)
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA (about 88 miles; MOBILE, AL; FT enrollment: 9,082)
  • JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY (about 93 miles; JACKSON, MS; FT enrollment: 5,955)
Public high school in Petal:
  • PETAL HIGH (Students: 998; Location: 1145 HIGHWAY 42 E; Grades: 09 - 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Petal:
  • PETAL MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 948; Location: 203 HWY. 42 EAST; Grades: 06 - 08)
  • W L SMITH (Students: 879; Location: 400 HILLCREST LOOP; Grades: 03 - 05)
  • PETAL ELEMENTARY (Students: 876; Location: 1179 HIGHWAY 42 E; Grades: KG - 02)
  • RUNNELSTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 375; Location: 9214 HIGHWAY 42; Grades: KG - 08)

Shopping Center: Petal Plaza Shopping Center (1).

Churches in Petal include: Carterville Baptist Church (A), Crestview Church (B), Petal-Harvey Baptist Church (C), Petal United Methodist Church (D), Petal Presbyterian Church (E), Petal Church of God (F), First Baptist Church of Petal (G), Greens Creek Church (H).

Cemeteries: Petal Cemetery (1), Grant Cemetery (2), Hillcrest Cemetery (3), Chappell Cemetery (4), Forrest Memorial Gardens (5).

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Boggy Branch (A), Greens Creek (B).

Park in Petal: Optimist Park (1).


Petal compared to Mississippi state average:
  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Population density below state average for cities.

Strongest AM radio stations in Petal:
  • WBKH (950 AM; 5 kW; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: SOUTHERN AIR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WORV (1580 AM; 1 kW; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CIRCUIT BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WEEZ (890 AM; daytime; 10 kW; LAUREL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WFOR (1400 AM; 1 kW; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSJC (810 AM; 50 kW; MAGEE, MS; Owner: FAMILY TALK RADIO)
  • WJNT (1180 AM; 50 kW; PEARL, MS; Owner: BUCHANAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WOMN (1110 AM; daytime; 30 kW; FRANKLINTON, LA; Owner: PITTMAN BROADCASTING SERVICES, LLC.)
  • WRPM (1530 AM; daytime; 10 kW; POPLARVILLE, MS; Owner: DOWDY & DOWDY PARTNERS)
  • WWL (870 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: ENTERCOM NEW ORLEANS LICENSE, LLC)
  • WLNO (1060 AM; 50 kW; NEW ORLEANS, LA; Owner: COMMUNICOM CO. OF LOUISIANA, L.P.)
  • WIGG (1420 AM; 5 kW; WIGGINS, MS; Owner: TRALYN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WASG (550 AM; 25 kW; ATMORE, AL; Owner: 550 AM, INC)
  • WQST (850 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FOREST, MS; Owner: ACE BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Petal:
  • WJMG (92.1 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CIRCUIT B/CTING CO. OF HATTIESBURG)
  • WXRR (104.5 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: BLAKENEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WZLD (106.3 FM; PETAL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WNSL (100.3 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WUSW (103.7 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WUSM-FM (88.5 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI)
  • WAII (89.3 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WMXI (98.1 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: RAINEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WBBN (95.9 FM; TAYLORSVILLE, MS; Owner: BLAKENEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WZKX (107.9 FM; BAY ST. LOUIS, MS; Owner: DOWDY & DOWDY PARTNERSHIP)
  • W216BA (91.1 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC)
  • WKNZ (107.1 FM; COLLINS, MS; Owner: RADIO BROADCASTERS, L.L.C.)
  • WMAH-FM (90.3 FM; BILOXI, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WQID-LP (105.3 FM; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: HATTIESBURG URBAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION)
  • WZNF (95.3 FM; LUMBERTON, MS; Owner: JMD, INC.)
  • WAOY (91.7 FM; GULFPORT, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC.)
  • WFMM (97.3 FM; SUMRALL, MS; Owner: TELESOUTH COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WJKX (102.5 FM; ELLISVILLE, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WATP (90.7 FM; LAUREL, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)

TV broadcast stations around Petal:
  • WHLT (Channel 22; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WDAM-TV (Channel 7; LAUREL, MS; Owner: WDAM LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)
  • W47BP (Channel 47; HATTIESBURG, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR ED. TV.)
  • W32CN (Channel 32; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WMAH-TV (Channel 19; BILOXI, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION)
  • WLOX (Channel 13; BILOXI, MS; Owner: LIBCO, INC.)
  • W69DJ (Channel 69; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

To understand how the electorate votes by state, you have to understand the demographics of the cities and counties in each of those states. As pollsters, we try to keep all of the important variables such as income, gender, and race consistent.

Source: City-Data.com


 

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