The Mississippi Gulf Coast
Where We Are
The Mississippi Gulf Coast is located at the northern most crescent of the Gulf of Mexico. These semi-tropical shores can be found between the Southern states of Louisiana to the west and Alabama to the east.
Our nearest major domestic cities are New Orleans, Louisiana, to the west; Mobile, Alabama, to the east and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to the north. Coincidently, each city is approximately equal-distance about 75 miles from our location. Our nearest foreign neighbors are Cuba, Mexico and Central America.
Three large counties comprise the Mississippi Gulf Coast – Hancock, Harrison and Jackson. Major Interstate, rail and air transportation networks connect the Coast with 75 percent of the nation’s population.
Our largest cities include Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs and Pascagoula. Gulfport is the state’s second largest city. Pascagoula is the state’s most industrialized city and Bay St. Louis and Ocean Springs are our strongest artistic enclaves.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast is part of the I-10 Corridor, an urbanized region that spans portions of four states. It has six contiguous metropolitan areas - seven under the 2003 federal definitions - composed of 20 counties. The region's infrastructure includes 150 federal and university research units, hundreds of innovation companies, research parks, incubators and more. The region also has a large and growing defense corridor with more than two dozen bases. The largest defense contractors have operations, some of them multiple operations, along the 300-mile area between the Fort Walton Beach MSA and Baton Rouge MSA. A portion of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is also part of the I-59 Technology Corridor, which is anchored by the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County and crosses through Pearl River County on its way to Hattiesburg and beyond.