Forrest County, MS

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Population

75,835

0.576% decline

Median Age

32


Median Household Income

$39,555

6.86% growth

Poverty Rate

26.3%


Number of Employees

32,089

0.109% decline

Median Property Value

$114,700

3.05% growth

About

In 2017, Forrest County, MS had a population of 75.8k people with a median age of 32 and a median household income of $39,555. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Forrest County, MS declined from 76,274 to 75,835, a -0.576% decrease and its median household income grew from $37,017 to $39,555, a 6.86% increase.

The population of Forrest County, MS is 57.1% White Alone, 36.8% Black or African American Alone, and 3.04% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Forrest County, MS speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Forrest County, MS are University of Southern Mississippi (3,367 degrees awarded in 2016), William Carey University (1,300 degrees), and Antonelli College-Hattiesburg (69 degrees).

The median property value in Forrest County, MS is $114,700, and the homeownership rate is 55.1%. Most people in Forrest County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Forrest County, MS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Forrest County, MS employs 32.1k people. The largest industries in Forrest County, MS are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,044 people), Retail Trade (4,941 people), and Educational Services (4,114 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($74,653), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,688), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($63,033).

Median household income in Forrest County, MS is $39,555. Males in Forrest County, 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 Forrest County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,555

2017 value

± $2,944

6.86%

1 Year Growth

± 9.25%

Households in Forrest County, MS have a median annual income of $39,555, 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 $37,017 in 2016, which represents a 6.86% 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 Mississippi made 1.43 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Mississippi by number of full-time 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 Mississippi 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 Forrest County, 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 101.01

  2. Census Tract 101.02

  3. Census Tract 8

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Forrest County, MS was Census Tract 101.01 with a value of $73,015, followed by Census Tract 101.02 and Census Tract 8, with respective values of $60,490 and $52,455.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Forrest County, MS colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

26.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Forrest County, MS (19k out of 72.2k 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 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    9,779 ± 729

  2. White

    8,302 ± 685

  3. Hispanic

    874 ± 194

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Forrest County, 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

32.1k

2017 Value

± 1,450

-0.109%

1 Year decline

± 6.36%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Forrest County, MS declined at a rate of -0.109%, from 32.1k employees to 32.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Forrest County, MS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,339 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,054 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2,741 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Forrest County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Forrest County, MS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,339 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,054 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2,741 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Forrest County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.51 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.41 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.38 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Forrest County, MS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($89,333), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($53,953), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($52,596).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

32.1k

2017 Value

± 1,450

-0.109%

1 Year decline

± 6.36%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Forrest County, MS declined at a rate of -0.109%, from 32.1k employees to 32.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Forrest County, MS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,044 people), Retail Trade (4,941 people), and Educational Services (4,114 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Forrest County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Forrest County, 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 Forrest County, MS, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,044 people), Retail Trade (4,941 people), and Educational Services (4,114 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Forrest County, MS has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.82 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.39 times), and Educational Services (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Forrest County, MS, by median earnings, are Utilities ($74,653), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,688), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($63,033).

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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 ($25.1B) and Mixed freight ($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

84.6% of the population of Forrest County, MS has health coverage, with 38.7% on employee plans, 21.7% on Medicaid, 8.67% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 2.6% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Forrest County, MS see 1808 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.9% decrease from the previous year (1862 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2922 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 326 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

1,808 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Forrest County, MS see an average of 1,808 patients per year. This represents a 2.9% decrease from the previous year (1,862 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Forrest County, MS 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

15.4%

Uninsured

38.7%

Employer Coverage

21.7%

Medicaid

8.67%

Medicare

12.9%

Non-Group

2.6%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Forrest County, MS declined by 4.76% from 16.2% to 15.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Forrest County, 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

Forrest County, MS is home to a population of 75.8k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.68% of Forrest County, MS residents were born outside of the country (2.03k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Forrest County, MS is composed of 43.3k White Alone residents (57.1%), 27.9k Black or African American Alone residents (36.8%), 2.31k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.04%), 1.47k Two or More Races residents (1.94%), 659 Asian Alone residents (0.869%), 181 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.239%), 25 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.033%), and 9 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0119%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Forrest County, MS are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

32

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Forrest County, MS was 32. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 32. But people in Forrest County, MS are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Forrest County, MS residents was 32.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.68%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.03k people

3.11%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.37k people

As of 2017, 2.68% of Forrest County, MS residents (2.03k people) 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 Forrest County, MS was 3.11%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 22,332 Mississippi residents, followed by Vietnam with 4,461 and India with 4,072.

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Citizenship

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

97.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of Forrest County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Forrest County, MS was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    43.3k ± 28

  2. Black or African American Alone

    27.9k ± 383

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2.31k ± 231

In 2017, there were 1.55 times more White Alone residents (43.3k people) in Forrest County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 27.9k Black or African American Alone and 2.31k 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 Forrest County, MS as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Forrest County, MS citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Forrest County, MS was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Forrest County, MS are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,546 ± 228

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,025 ± 288

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    647 ± 195

Forrest County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.51 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Forrest County, MS awarded 4,779 degrees. The student population of Forrest County, MS is skewed towards women, with 6,983 male students and 12,442 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Forrest County, MS are White (3,242 and 69.3%), followed by Black or African American (1,128 and 24.1%), Hispanic or Latino (110 and 2.35%), and Asian (83 and 1.77%).

The largest universities in Forrest County, MS by number of degrees awarded are University of Southern Mississippi (3,367 and 70.5%), William Carey University (1,300 and 27.2%), and Antonelli College-Hattiesburg (69 and 1.44%).

The most popular majors in Forrest County, MS are Registered Nursing (329 and 6.88%), General Psychology (285 and 5.96%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (280 and 5.86%).

The median tuition costs in Forrest County, MS are $10,800 for private four year colleges, and $7,549 and $16,419 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 188 degrees awarded

  2. 286 degrees awarded

  3. 253 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Forrest County, MS was Elementary Education & Teaching with 188 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Forrest County, MS according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,367 degrees awarded

  2. 1,300 degrees awarded

  3. 69 degrees awarded

$7,549

Median In-State Public

$10,800

Median Private

In 2016, the Forrest County, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Southern Mississippi with 3,367 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,548

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,231

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,548 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Forrest County, MS, which is 0.479 times less than the 3,231 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

    3,242 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,128 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    110 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Forrest County, MS were to White students. These 3,242 degrees mean that there were 2.87 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,128 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Forrest County, MS was $114,700 in 2017, which is 0.527 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $111,300 to $114,700, a 3.05% increase. The homeownership rate in Forrest County, MS is 55.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Forrest County, MS have an average commute time of 21.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Forrest County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$39,555

Median Household Income

± $2,944

28.1k

Number of Households

± 1,304

In 2017, the median household income of the 28.1k households in Forrest County, MS grew to $39,555 from the previous year's value of $37,017.

The following chart displays the households in Forrest County, 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

$114,700

2017 Median

± $6,640

$111,300

2016 Median

± $6,681

In 2017, the median property value in Forrest County, MS grew to to $114,700 from the previous year's value of $111,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Forrest County, 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 Forrest County, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

55.1%

2017 Homeownership

54.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 55.1% of the housing units in Forrest County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 54.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Forrest County, 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 Forrest County, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Forrest County, MS have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

21.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Forrest County, MS have a shorter commute time (21.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.07% of the workforce in Forrest County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.6%

  2. Carpooled

    8.48%

  3. Other

    7.6%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Forrest County, MS was Drove Alone (79.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.48%) and those who Other (7.6%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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