"Ocean Springs, Mississippi"

                                    


  





"Ocean Springs"In 1998 the City’s population was estimated to be approximately 16,519.  The City experienced tremendous growth from 1970 to 1980, when its population grew from 9,580 to 14,504 people due primarily to annexation.  From 1980 to 1990 the City grew in population by 5 percent, although the 1990 census population figure was believed to be lower than what the actual population was.  The Mayor in office at the time the 1990 census figures were published filed a formal protest with the Census Bureau and an adjustment was made.  However, the Census Bureau was limited in the amount of adjustment that could be made in response to the protest. 

As shown in the following exhibit, from 1990 to 2000, the City’s population increased 18%, which is slightly above the Jackson County growth rate but comparable to the growth rate on the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Much of the population growth has occurred as a result of the advent of the gaming industry in 1992 in neighboring Harrison County . 

                                        City of Ocean Springs Population Comparisons

 

Population

 

Ocean Springs

 

Biloxi

 

Pascagoula

 

Gautier

 

D’Iberville

 

Jackson County

 

MS Gulf Coast

 

1980

 

14,504

 

       

 

 

1990

 

14,658

 

46,319

 

25,899

 

10,088

 

6,566

 

115,243

 

312,238

 

Change, 1980-1990

 

1%

 

       

 

 

2000

 

17,225

 

50,644

 

26,200

 

11,681

 

7,608

 

131,420

 

363,988

 

Change,  1990-2000

 

18%

 

9%

 

1%

 

16%

 

16%

 

14%

 

17%

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2000.


 
"Ocean Springs"As of 2000, approximately 6.64 percent (an estimated 660 acres) of the City’s total area remained available for new residential and non-residential uses to accommodate future population growth.  This estimate does consider that a percentage of land will have environmental constraints and will be dedicated to the City for public use and access.  At present development densities, the City has approximately seventeen (17) years before it is built out; this projection is based on a constant rate of development, net in-migration, net out-migration, birth and death rate, including indications that growth in the housing market is slowing.  Population projections are provided in the following exhibit.

Population Projections                                                                

 

Year

 

Population

 

2000

 

17,225

 

2005

 

18,927

 

2010

 

20,787

 

2015

 

22,587

 

2020

 

24,327

 


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