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 72,076 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Gulfport is the second largest community in Mississippi.
Gulfport real estate is some of the most expensive in Mississippi, although Gulfport house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
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 (14.68%), sales jobs (11.54%), and food service (9.80%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Gulfport. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
Gulfport is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
A lot of people in Gulfport take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Gulfport, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
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, 21.63% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Gulfport in 2010 was $21,443, 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 $85,772 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 German, French , English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Gulfport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.