The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.
According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.
That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.
But how has the increase impacted Mississippi? Where cities and towns in Mississippi have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?
Turns out there’s been a 24.2% increase in the Hispanic population in Mississippi.
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Mississippi with the largest Hispanic population in 2018:
- Forest (Photos)
- Pontotoc (Photos)
- Ripley (Photos)
- Pascagoula (Photos)
- New Albany (Photos)
- Ocean Springs (Photos)
- Gautier (Photos)
- Biloxi (Photos)
- Horn Lake (Photos)
Forest took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in Mississippi for 2018.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Mississippi ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Mississippi With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2018
We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Mississippi.
That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.
Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:
- Hispanic or Latino
- White alone*
- Black or African American alone*
- American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
- Asian alone*
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
- Some other race alone*
- Two or more races*
Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.
We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 60 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic. The percentages ranked from 21.6% to 0.0%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic population with a higher score being more Hispanic than a lower score. Forest took the distinction of being the most Hispanic, while Clarksdale was the least Hispanic city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Mississippi ranked by population of Hispanic residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.
Pontotoc is a city in, and the county seat of, Pontotoc County, Mississippi, located to the west of the much larger city of Tupelo. The population was 5,625 at the 2010 census.
Pascagoula is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, United States. It is the principal city of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area, as a part of the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Combined Statistical Area. The population was 26,200 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Jackson County.
6. New Albany
7. Ocean Springs
Ocean Springs is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, United States, approximately 2 miles east of Biloxi and west of Gautier. It is part of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 17,225 at the 2000 U.S. Census. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city of Ocean Springs had a population of 17,442.
Gautier is a city in Jackson County, Mississippi, along the Gulf of Mexico west of Pascagoula. It is part of the Pascagoula Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,572 at the 2010 census. In 2002, Gautier annexed land nearly doubling its population to 18,413 by 2010, according to the Gautier Comprehensive Plan 2030.
Biloxi is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi, United States. The 2010 United States Census recorded the population as 44,054, and in 2016 the estimated population was 45,975. Along with the adjoining city of Gulfport, Biloxi is a county seat of Harrison County. It was first settled by French colonists.
10. Horn Lake
There You Have It – Hispanic Populations Across Mississippi
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Hispanic populations across Mississippi according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Hispanic places in Mississippi:
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