Bay St. Louis is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 13,515 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Bay St. Louis is the 43rd largest community in Mississippi. Bay St. Louis has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Bay St. Louis, where the median household income is $42,002.00.
Bay St. Louis real estate is some of the most expensive in Mississippi, although Bay St. Louis house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Bay St. Louis is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Bay St. Louis is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bay St. Louis who work in office and administrative support (13.98%), sales jobs (9.41%), and management occupations (8.52%).
One of the nice things about Bay St. Louis is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
The percentage of people in Bay St. Louis who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.27% of adults in Bay St. Louis have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Bay St. Louis in 2010 was $23,652, which is wealthy relative to Mississippi, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $94,608 for a family of four. However, Bay St. Louis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Bay St. Louis is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bay St. Louis home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bay St. Louis residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Bay St. Louis include Irish, French, German, Italian, and English.
The most common language spoken in Bay St. Louis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Spanish.