Biloxi shows a decade of growth

Biloxi picked up nearly 5,400 residents in the past decade, a 12 percent increase, and more new residents than any other city on the Coast, according to numbers from Census 2020.

The city had 49,449 residents on Census Day, April 1, 2020, up from the 44,054 residents in the 2010 census.

The latest numbers, which the Census Bureau released last week, also show that Biloxi is now the fourth largest city in Mississippi, eclipsing Hattiesburg at 48,730.

Overall, the numbers show, Harrison County now has 208,521 residents, with more than 75 percent living in one of the five municipalities in the county.

Mississippi, meanwhile, lost 6,000 residents in the past decade and was one of only three states to lose population. The other states that lost population were West Virginia, with a 3.2 percent decrease, and Illinois with a 0.1 percent decrease.

The population loss was not large enough to cost Mississippi a congressional seat, as occurred after the 2000 Census when the state dropped from five U.S. House seats to four.

The new Census numbers show Mississippi had a net loss of about 6,000 residents from 2010 to 2020, a 0.2 percent decrease in a state of nearly 3 million residents. The state became more diverse in the past decade: Mississippi lost about 48,400 white residents during the decade, but gained nearly 20,000 Black residents, about 16,700 Hispanic residents and about 4,500 Asian residents. The number of people who identify themselves as being of two or more races increased by about 11,200.

The 2020 Census shows that the resident population of the United States, including the 50 states and the District of Columbia, was 331,449,281 as of April 1, 2020, an increase of 7.4 percent since the 2010 Census.
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News & notes: Reports, council replay, Blue Mass

Weekly reports: To see the reports from last week from the departments of Fire, Police and Community Development, click here.

Council replay: To see YouTube replays of the City Council meetings from Tuesday, click here. The meetings also are replayed each day on BTV, at 9 a.m., 9 p.m,. and 3 in the afternoon. To watch BTV online now, click here.

Blue Mass: The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will conduct a Blue Mass at 11 a.m. on Sunday, the 20th anniversary of 9-11. A Blue Mass is a Mass celebrated annually in the Catholic Church for those employed in the field of public safety.