Bay_Springs,_Mississippi Latitude and Longitude:

31°58′36″N 89°16′46″W / 31.97667°N 89.27944°W / 31.97667; -89.27944
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Bay Springs, Mississippi
Location of Bay Springs, Mississippi
Location of Bay Springs, Mississippi
Bay Springs, Mississippi is located in the United States
Bay Springs, Mississippi
Bay Springs, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 31°58′36″N 89°16′46″W / 31.97667°N 89.27944°W / 31.97667; -89.27944
CountryUnited States
State Mississippi
County Jasper
 • MayorDonald Brown [1]
 • Total15.01 sq mi (38.87 km2)
 • Land14.94 sq mi (38.71 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
423 ft (129 m)
 ( 2020)
 • Total1,670
 • Density111.75/sq mi (43.15/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 ( Central (CST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 601
FIPS code28-04060
GNIS feature ID0666590

Bay Springs is a city in and the western county seat of Jasper County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,670 at the 2020 census, [3] down from 1,786 at the 2010 census. [4] State highways 15 and 18 intersect at the city. It is part of the Laurel, Mississippi (in Jones County) micropolitan area.

The area was settled in the 1880s by Joe Blankenship, who built the sawmill for the yellow pine timber industry that comprised the town's industrial base. The city was incorporated about twenty years later after railroads were constructed through it. That access attracted other industry and business, and the city was designated as the second county seat. Its population has declined slightly since 2000.


Bay Springs is located in western Jasper County at 31°58′36″N 89°16′46″W / 31.97667°N 89.27944°W / 31.97667; -89.27944 (31.976761, -89.279574). [5] Mississippi Highway 15 (Court Street) passes through the center of town, leading north 27 miles (43 km) to Newton and south 24 miles (39 km) to Laurel. Highway 18 (Fifth Avenue) crosses Highway 15 in the center of town and leads northeast 21 miles (34 km) to Rose Hill and west 15 miles (24 km) to Raleigh.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.0 square miles (38.9 km2), of which 14.9 square miles (38.7 km2) are land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.42%, are water. [4]


Historical population
Census Pop.Note
U.S. Decennial Census [6]
Bay Springs racial composition as of 2020 [7]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 692 41.44%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 918 54.97%
Native American 2 0.12%
Asian 3 0.18%
Other/Mixed 31 1.86%
Hispanic or Latino 24 1.44%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,670 people, 776 households, and 712 families residing in the city. [3]


Bay Springs was the site of one of six Sunbeam plants in Mississippi. When Albert J. Dunlap downsized the company and closed the plant, 300 people lost their jobs. The last workers left the plant at the same time that Dunlap was negotiating a new contract for himself, worth over $46 million. The average annual salary at the Bay Springs plant had been less than $25,000. [8]

More recently, the Hol-Mac Corporation has located light industrial/manufacturing facilities in and around the Bay Springs area. One of the county's largest employers, this developing corporation has partnered with nearby Jones County Junior College with regard to job training and continues to expand employment opportunities in the local community. [9] Hol-Mac operates facilities in the town of Bay Springs and north of town in designated industrial areas between Bay Springs and the town of Louin. As of 2015, it has three main manufacturing facilities in the area, as well as additional office/HR support facilities. [10]

Georgia-Pacific Corporation has long had facilities to handle lumber and timber processing in the Bay Springs area.

The city has a county courthouse, as it is the second county seat in Jasper County. Originally there were limited roads from east to west across the county, and the two seats served local people.


Bay Springs is served by the West Jasper School District. [11] Its comprehensive high school is Bay Springs High School.

The city also has a private school, Sylva-Bay Academy.

Notable people


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bay Springs has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [18]


  1. ^ "Elected City Officials". City of Bay Springs, Mississippi. Retrieved 11 Dec 2021. On July 1st, 2021 Donald Brown became the new mayor of the City of Bay Springs, Mississippi.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Bay Springs city, Mississippi". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2023-04-19.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Bay Springs city, Mississippi". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  8. ^ Kellerman, Barbara (2004). Bad Leadership: What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters. Harvard Business Press. p.  139. ISBN  978-1-59139-166-1.
  9. ^ "Founder – Charles Belton Holder, Jr". Hol-Mac. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  10. ^ "Facilities". Hol-Mac. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  11. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Jasper County, MS" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-08-26. Retrieved 2022-08-25.
  12. ^ Taylor, Theodore (2007). Flight of Jesse Leroy Brown. Naval Institute Press. p. 59. ISBN  978-1-59114-852-4.
  13. ^ "Carolyn Young WNBA Stats". Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Haskins Montgomery's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  15. ^ Blevins, Riley (May 2, 2015). "Ole Miss S Cody Prewitt goes undrafted, signs with Titans". Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  16. ^ "Johnny Stringer's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  17. ^ "Alcorn State University-Johnny Thomas" (PDF). Alcorn State University. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  18. ^ Climate Summary for Bay Springs, Mississippi

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