Gulfport is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 71,822 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Gulfport is the second largest community in Mississippi.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Gulfport is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Gulfport is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Gulfport who work in office and administrative support (14.16%), sales jobs (12.40%), and food service (10.10%).
Gulfport is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Gulfport, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
One of the nice things about Gulfport 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 population of Gulfport overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Gulfport, 21.42% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Gulfport in 2010 was $21,541, which is upper middle income relative to Mississippi, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,164 for a family of four. However, Gulfport contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Gulfport is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Gulfport home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gulfport residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Gulfport include Irish, German, French, English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Gulfport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.