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Overview
Population:14,850
Pop. Change:-14%
State: Mississippi
Metro Area: Gulfport-Biloxi Metro Area
County: Hancock County
City: Bay Saint Louis
Zip Code:Bay Saint Louis (zip 39520)
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Bay Saint Louis's Real Estate Market
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 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
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Gulfport-Biloxi Metro Area

Profile: Coastal city /Beach town complex

Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast

Elevation: 15

Time zone: Central Standard Time

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While Hurricane Katrina triggered the well-known and catastrophic flood in New Orleans, it scored even a more direct hit on the Mississippi Gulf Coast towns of Biloxi, Gulfport, and to a lesser extent, Pascagoula to the east. It was a knockout punch. The full destructive force of high winds and a remarkable storm surge inundated Biloxi, leaving some 90 percent of buildings along the coast destroyed. Most of Biloxi’s economy and especially its recent growth was tied to beachfront enterprises and especially a new set of casinos that had sprung up during the 1990’s. These casinos and most of the tourist industry on which the town depends were literally washed away, but some larger ones have come back on line recently, and a recent law change will allow casinos to be on land, not just on floating watercraft. Biloxi is by some accounts already the third largest U.S. gambling destination behind Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and the storm and rebirth is likely to bring the casino industry even further onto center stage.

All three cities lie at the base of the narrow Gulf extension of the state of Mississippi. Biloxi is more commercial, Gulfport is more of a residential beach community, and Pascagoula is more industrial with shipyards, oil refineries and other heavier industries. Much of this coastal area had developed as a second-class beach resort for Southerners and some Midwesterners others looking for an alternative to Florida. Prior to Katrina, most of the beach development was fairly unattractive, with miles of commercial strips and new casinos which didn’t add much to the physical attractiveness of the area. There were some older historic districts of interest in the downtown areas, but there was little in the way of intellectual stimulation. It is possible – likely in fact -- that the redeveloped area will be better planned, more cohesive and more attractive. That said, casinos and related hospitality are likely to become more dominant at the expense of some of the local flavor. Biloxi was also a center for the shrimping and fishing industries and has many good restaurants, activities, and museums related to the seafood trade, and it is likely this role will continue. Current employment is bolstered by reconstruction efforts, but the long term effects of Katrina are far from clear. The tax base is weak and it is unclear how it will recover. Property insurance considerations are likely to hamper residential reconstruction efforts, and it may force some development back away from the shore, not altogether a bad outcome. At this writing, the entire area is a “wait and see.”

The surrounding area is a flat coastal plain with barrier islands and peninsulas, and pine forests beginning north of town. The area is considerably influenced by the Gulf of Mexico. Summers are warm and humid but less so than inland. Sea breezes usually keep temperatures reasonable, particularly in late afternoon and evening. There may be a few cold snaps but they seldom persist and freezes are infrequent. Summer thundershowers are frequent. Given the location and local topography, hurricanes are a continuing threat; Hurricane Camille in 1969 gave a preview to the 2005 Katrina disaster.

Interesting Facts about Bay Saint Louis (zip 39520), Mississippi

As of 2014, Bay Saint Louis (zip 39520)'s population is 14,850 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -14.12 percent.

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The median home cost in Bay Saint Louis (zip 39520) is $150,300. Home appreciation the last year has been -0.50 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Bay Saint Louis (zip 39520)'s cost of living is 6.60% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Bay Saint Louis (zip 39520) public schools spend $8,949 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 12.8 students per teacher in Bay Saint Louis (zip 39520).

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The unemployment rate in Bay Saint Louis (zip 39520) is 6.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Bay Saint Louis (zip 39520) jobs have Decreased by 0.23 percent.


Ranked #87 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Mid-Size Metro Areas)
Ranked #222 Best Green Cities
Ranked #293 2005 Best Places to Live
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Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Bay Saint Louis (zip 39520)'s Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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