Biloxi is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi. It's one of two county seats - the other being Gulfport. The 2010 US Census recorded Biloxi's population as 44,054 and in 2019 it was estimated to be 46,212 people. Biloxi is located in southern Harrison County, bordered to the south by the Gulf of Mexico and partially by Biloxi Bay. To its northeast are Ocean Springs (in Jackson County) and St. Martin (unincorporated). The Back Bay continues west across Biloxi; crossing Big Lake on one end where the Biloxi and Tchoutacabouffa rivers join. Tchoutacbouffa, a river that flows from east to west, forms part of the city's eastern boundary. Biloxi River is bordered by D'Iberville on its north and east sides and Gulfport on its west side.
The United States Census Bureau reports that Biloxi has a total area of 46.7 square miles. Biloxi has a humid subtropical climate which is heavily influenced by the Gulf of Mexico. Winter days are wet and mild, with snow being extremely rare. Summers are hot and humid.
The area has been home to European settlers since the 18th century who were mainly French colonists. In 1811, Biloxi became part of the US when they traded with Spain to take over their territory. It became a state in 1817 after being admitted to the Union. Biloxi began to grow in the antebellum period of the 19th century. It became a popular summer resort because it was close to beaches on the coast. Its proximity to New Orleans and its easy access via water were also advantages. The Biloxi Lighthouse was originally built in Baltimore, Maryland and then shipped south to the site where it was completed on May 1848. It is one of two surviving lighthouses on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which at one time had twelve lighthouses. On August 29, 205, Hurricane Katrina destroyed 90% of Biloxi’s coastal buildings. Today, Biloxi is a well-known site for hurricane victims, and the city is still repairing and in redevelopment.
The racial makeup of the city is 71.43% White, 19.04% African American, 0.49% Native American, 5.11% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races. 3.65% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race. The city’s population dispersal is 24.2% under the age of 18, 14.3% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females, there are 101.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 101.6 males.
Biloxi's current economy is based on the seafood industry, tourism, and gaming. Biloxi is home to eight casino resort hotels, with 24-hour gambling available at: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Golden Nugget Biloxi, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Harrah's Gulf Coast, IP Casino Resort & Spa, Palace Casino Resort, Boomtown Casino, and Treasure Bay Casino. Biloxi, in the center of what fishery biologists term "The Fertile Fisheries Crescent," offers some of the best sports fishing along the Gulf Coast.
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