A part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Harrison County is in South Mississippi between Hancock and Jackson counties. It covers 976 square miles, five municipalities and has the largest population of the South Mississippi counties — as of 2014, an estimated 199,058 people. The cities of Harrison County include Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, Pass Christian and D’Iberville. Gulfport and Biloxi are the county’s seats.
Most people traveling throughout Harrison County and the Gulf Coast choose to drive, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the coastline and beaches along with a well-maintained highway system. Harrison County is easily connected to other parts of Mississippi and the rest of the U.S. via several interstate highways that traverse the area.
A low cost of living and abundant natural amenities in Harrison County contribute to a high quality of life not often found in larger metropolitan areas. In 2014, an estimated 199,058 people called Harrison County home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Gulfport and Biloxi are the county’s seats.
South Mississippi is home to multibillion-dollar bases — such as Keesler Air Force Base and Naval Construction Battalion Center in Harrison County — that provide thousands of jobs and award millions in contracts to local businesses, according to the Harrison County Development Commission. The commission estimates the economic impact of the bases in the county is approximately $1 billion.
There are many health care services in Harrison County for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act may change established insurance options. Open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act runs from Nov. 1, 2015, to Jan. 31, 2016, for coverage starting in 2016. For more information, visit www.healthcare.gov.
After moving to a new location, you’ll want to know what options are available for educational pursuits. This chapter outlines Harrison County’s public school systems, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children as well.
Plenty of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping — can be discovered in Harrison County. Catch a concert at the Hard Rock or tour the lighthouse in Biloxi. Or head to Gulfport to for Arts Under the Dome. Seabee Day and the Blessing of Fleet are annual events not to miss!