Bay St. Louis is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 9,284 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Bay St. Louis is the 46th largest community in Mississippi. Bay St. Louis has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Bay St. Louis, where the median household income is $43,657.00.
Bay St. Louis real estate is some of the most expensive in Mississippi, although Bay St. Louis house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Bay St. Louis is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Bay St. Louis is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bay St. Louis who work in sales jobs (13.40%), teaching (9.53%), and business and financial occupations (9.11%).
Also of interest is that Bay St. Louis has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.23% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Bay St. Louis is worth considering.
Bay St. Louis is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
As is often the case in a small city, Bay St. Louis doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The population of Bay St. Louis is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.13% of adults in Bay St. Louis have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bay St. Louis in 2018 was $34,736, which is wealthy relative to Mississippi, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $138,944 for a family of four. However, Bay St. Louis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Bay St. Louis is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bay St. Louis home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bay St. Louis residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Bay St. Louis include French, German, English, Italian, and Irish.
The most common language spoken in Bay St. Louis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Chinese.