Gulfport, Mississippi

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Gulfport, Mississippi
City
City of Gulfport
Location of Gulfport in the State of Mississippi
Coordinates: 30°24′6″N 89°4′34″W / 30.40167°N 89.07611°W / 30.40167; -89.07611Coordinates: 30°24′6″N 89°4′34″W / 30.40167°N 89.07611°W / 30.40167; -89.07611
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Harrison
Government
 • Mayor George Schloegel
Area
 • City 64.2 sq mi (166.4 km2)
 • Land 56.9 sq mi (147.4 km2)
 • Water 7.3 sq mi (19.0 km2)
Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
Population (2000)
 • City 71,127
 • Density 1,249.9/sq mi (482.6/km2)
 • Metro 246,190
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 228
FIPS code 28-29700
GNIS feature ID 0670771

Gulfport is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Mississippi, after the state capital Jackson. It is the larger (population wise) of two, aom cities of the Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the city of Gulport had a total population of 71,127. Gulfport is co-county seat with Biloxi of Harrison County, Mississippi. Gulfport is the east coast home to the US Navy Seabees, and also the birthplace of American football player Brett Favre.

On August 29, 2005, Gulfport was hit by the strong east side of Hurricane Katrina, and much of Gulfport was flooded or destroyed. Much of Gulfport was also severely damaged by Hurricane Camille on August 17, 1969.

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