Jackson County is located on the southeastern tip of the state of Mississippi, bordering Alabama. Jackson’s county seat is Pascagoula, which is a part of the Gulf Port-Biloxi-Pascagoula Mississippi Combined Statistical Area. This county was also named for the seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767- June 8, 1845).
Some of Jackson’s major highways include Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 90, Mississippi Highway 57, and Mississippi Highway 63. Four adjacent counties to Jackson consist of George County (north), Mobile County, Alabama (east), Harrison County (west), and Stone County (northwest).
The census of 2000 stated that there were 131,420 people residing in Jackson County. The racial makeup consists of 75.35% white, 20.87% black, 0.33% Native American, 1.57% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.84% (other races), and 2.14% Latino. After 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, many people lost their homes and moved elsewhere. In 2007, the census estimated that the population would decline to 130,098, falling by -1.0%.
There are numerous communities and cities within Jackson. Gautier, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, and Pascagoula make up the four major cities. Big Point, Escatawpa, Gulf Hills, Gulf Park Estates, Helena, Hickory Hills, Hurley, Latimer, St. Martin, Vancleave, and Wade make up the Census-designated places. Kreole and Orange Grove are the only two unincorporated places to date.