Gulfport, MS

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Population

71,318

0.0744% growth

Median Age

34.2


Median Household Income

$37,243

0.556% growth

Poverty Rate

24.9%


Number of Employees

29,781

0.0907% growth

Median Property Value

$118,300

1.81% growth

About

In 2017, Gulfport, MS had a population of 71.3k people with a median age of 34.2 and a median household income of $37,243. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Gulfport, MS grew from 71,265 to 71,318, a 0.0744% increase and its median household income grew from $37,037 to $37,243, a 0.556% increase.

The population of Gulfport, MS is 53.2% White Alone, 36.7% Black or African American Alone, and 5.65% Hispanic or Latino. 5.86% of the people in Gulfport, MS speak a non-English language, and 97.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Gulfport, MS are Blue Cliff College-Gulfport (202 degrees awarded in 2016), Miller-Motte Technical College-Gulfport (54 degrees), and Chris Beauty College (51 degrees).

The median property value in Gulfport, MS is $118,300, and the homeownership rate is 49.3%. Most people in Gulfport, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Gulfport, MS is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Gulfport, MS employs 29.8k people. The largest industries in Gulfport, MS are Retail Trade (4,090 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,056 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,352 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($60,375), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($45,547), and Wholesale Trade ($41,151).

Median household income in Gulfport, MS is $37,243. Males in Gulfport, MS have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,636. The income inequality in Gulfport, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,243

2017 value

± $1,859

0.556%

1 Year Growth

± 6.24%

Households in Gulfport, MS have a median annual income of $37,243, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $37,037 in 2016, which represents a 0.556% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$52,323

Average Male Salary

± $1,698

$36,636

Average Female Salary

± $1,074

In 2017, full-time male employees in Gulfport, MS made 1.43 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $45,496 ± $1,341

  2. Asian

    $44,270 ± $11,739

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,514 ± $48,157

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Gulfport, MS workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Gulfport, MS is from Mississippi.

0.442

2017 Wage GINI

0.446

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.919% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Mississippi in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Mississippi across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 16

  2. Census Tract 15.01

  3. Census Tract 35.05

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Gulfport, MS was Census Tract 16 with a value of $67,907, followed by Census Tract 15.01 and Census Tract 35.05, with respective values of $52,599 and $50,538.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

24.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Gulfport, MS (17.3k out of 69.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    9,462 ± 765

  2. White

    6,617 ± 723

  3. Hispanic

    1,296 ± 365

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Gulfport, MS is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

29.8k

2017 Value

± 1,402

0.0907%

1 Year growth

± 6.59%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Gulfport, MS grew at a rate of 0.0907%, from 29.8k employees to 29.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Gulfport, MS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,216 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,693 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (3,007 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Gulfport, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Gulfport, MS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,216 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,693 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (3,007 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Gulfport, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.73 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.55 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.53 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Gulfport, MS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($68,208), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($67,893), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($60,230).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

29.8k

2017 Value

± 1,402

0.0907%

1 Year growth

± 6.59%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Gulfport, MS grew at a rate of 0.0907%, from 29.8k employees to 29.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Gulfport, MS, are Retail Trade (4,090 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,056 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,352 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Gulfport, MS, though some of these residents may live in Gulfport, MS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Gulfport, MS, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (4,090 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,056 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,352 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Gulfport, MS has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (3.58 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.57 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.48 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Gulfport, MS, by median earnings, are Utilities ($60,375), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($45,547), and Wholesale Trade ($41,151).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Mississippi to other states, or from other states to Mississippi.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $39.9B

  2. $25.1B

  3. $13.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $39.9B, followed by Textiles/leather with $25.1B and Mixed freight and $13.1B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Mississippi products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$187B

2015 Value

$277B

Projected 2045 Value

48.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Mississippi trade was $187B. This is expected to increase 48.7% to $277B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Mississippi trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Mississippi to other states, or from other states to Mississippi.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.4B

  2. $16.3B

  3. $15.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $34.4B, followed by Tennessee with $16.3B and Louisiana and $15.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Mississippi shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

80.7% of the population of Gulfport, MS has health coverage, with 31.2% on employee plans, 21.7% on Medicaid, 8.02% on Medicare, 13.1% on non-group plans, and 6.63% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Gulfport, MS was $7,646 in 2014. This is a 3.86% increase from the previous year ($7,362).

Primary care physicians in Gulfport, MS see 1883 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.686% decrease from the previous year (1896 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2186 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 764 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.1%). Additionally, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,883 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Mississippi see an average of 1,883 patients per year. This represents a 0.686% decrease from the previous year (1,896 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Mississippi in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,646

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,045

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,690

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,021

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Mississippi (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.86%, from $7,362 to $7,646.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

19.3%

Uninsured

31.2%

Employer Coverage

21.7%

Medicaid

8.02%

Medicare

13.1%

Non-Group

6.63%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Gulfport, MS declined by 2.14% from 19.7% to 19.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Gulfport, MS changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.1% prevalence

  2. 17.8% prevalence

  3. 17.7% prevalence

Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi, at 18.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Gulfport, MS is home to a population of 71.3k people, from which 97.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.12% of Gulfport, MS residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Gulfport, MS is composed of 37.9k White Alone residents (53.2%), 26.2k Black or African American Alone residents (36.7%), 4.03k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.65%), 1.65k Two or More Races residents (2.31%), 1.07k Asian Alone residents (1.5%), 401 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.562%), 39 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0547%), and 5 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00701%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Gulfport, MS are Spanish or Spanish Creole (2,431 speakers), Laotian (234 speakers), and Vietnamese (174 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

35

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Gulfport, MS was 34.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Gulfport, MS are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Gulfport, MS residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.12%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.15%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.12% of Gulfport, MS residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Gulfport, MS was 4.15%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    22,332 ± 3,655 people

  2. Vietnam

    4,461 ± 1,639 people

  3. India

    4,072 ± 1,566 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Gulfport, MS was Mexico, the natal country of 22,332 Gulfport, MS residents, followed by Vietnam with 4,461 and India with 4,072.

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Citizenship

97.5%

2017 Citizenship

97.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.5% of Gulfport, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Gulfport, MS was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    37.9k ± 1.36k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    26.2k ± 1.03k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4.03k ± 702

In 2017, there were 1.45 times more White Alone residents (37.9k people) in Gulfport, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 26.2k Black or African American Alone and 4.03k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Gulfport, MS as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    2,431 speakers (3.73%)

  2. Laotian

    234 speakers (0.359%)

  3. Vietnamese

    174 speakers (0.267%)

5.86% of Gulfport, MS citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Gulfport, MS was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 3.73% of the overall population of Gulfport, MS are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.359% speak Laotian and 0.267% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,065 ± 288

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,972 ± 387

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,324 ± 231

Gulfport, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.05 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Gulfport, MS awarded 307 degrees. The student population of Gulfport, MS is skewed towards women, with 50 male students and 396 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Gulfport, MS are White (163 and 53.1%), followed by Black or African American (121 and 39.4%), Asian (16 and 5.21%), and Hispanic or Latino (4 and 1.3%).

The largest universities in Gulfport, MS by number of degrees awarded are Blue Cliff College-Gulfport (202 and 65.8%), Miller-Motte Technical College-Gulfport (54 and 17.6%), and Chris Beauty College (51 and 16.6%).

The most popular majors in Gulfport, MS are Medical Assistant (134 and 43.6%), General Cosmetology (95 and 30.9%), and Massage Therapy (17 and 5.54%).

The median tuition costs in Gulfport, MS are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 17 degrees awarded

  2. 16 degrees awarded

  3. 102 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Gulfport, MS was Massage Therapy with 17 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Gulfport, MS according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 202 degrees awarded

  2. 54 degrees awarded

  3. 51 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Gulfport, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Blue Cliff College-Gulfport with 202 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

25

Degrees Awarded to Men

282

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 25 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Gulfport, MS, which is 0.0887 times less than the 282 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    163 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    121 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    16 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Gulfport, MS were to White students. These 163 degrees mean that there were 1.35 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 121 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Gulfport, MS was $118,300 in 2017, which is 0.544 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $116,200 to $118,300, a 1.81% increase. The homeownership rate in Gulfport, MS is 49.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Gulfport, MS have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Gulfport, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$37,243

Median Household Income

± $1,859

28.4k

Number of Households

± 1,211

In 2017, the median household income of the 28.4k households in Gulfport, MS grew to $37,243 from the previous year's value of $37,037.

The following chart displays the households in Gulfport, MS distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$118,300

2017 Median

± $4,104

$116,200

2016 Median

± $3,358

In 2017, the median property value in Gulfport, MS grew to to $118,300 from the previous year's value of $116,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Gulfport, MS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Gulfport, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Gulfport, MS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Gulfport, MS the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

49.3%

2017 Homeownership

49.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 49.3% of the housing units in Gulfport, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 49.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Gulfport, MS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Gulfport, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Gulfport, MS have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

20.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Gulfport, MS have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.85% of the workforce in Gulfport, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.9%

  2. Carpooled

    7.49%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.54%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Gulfport, MS was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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