Collins,_Mississippi Latitude and Longitude:

31°38′32″N 89°33′34″W / 31.64222°N 89.55944°W / 31.64222; -89.55944
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Collins, Mississippi
Covington County Courthouse in Collins
Covington County Courthouse in Collins
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Location of Collins, Mississippi
Location of Collins, Mississippi
Collins, Mississippi is located in the United States
Collins, Mississippi
Collins, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 31°38′32″N 89°33′34″W / 31.64222°N 89.55944°W / 31.64222; -89.55944
CountryUnited States
State Mississippi
County Covington
SettledLate 1800s
IncorporatedNovember 24, 1906
Named forFred W. Collins
 • Type Mayor-Council
 •  MayorHope Magee Jones [1]
 •  City ClerkSuzette Davis
 • Deputy ClerkCarrie Underwood
 • Alderman At-Large & Mayor Pro TemBobby A. Mooney
 • Total7.99 sq mi (20.69 km2)
 • Land7.96 sq mi (20.62 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
292 ft (89 m)
 ( 2020)
 • Total2,342
 • Density294.18/sq mi (113.59/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 ( Central (CST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 601
FIPS code28-15140
GNIS feature ID0668700

Collins is a city in Covington County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 2,586 at the 2010 census. [3] It is the county seat of Covington County. [4]


From Williamsburg Depot to Collins

Collins was originally incorporated as Williamsburg Depot in 1899. The Gulf and Ship Island Railroad had completed construction, and bypassed Williamsburg, the county seat at that time. The sawmills moved to the new town of Williamsburg Depot in order to be closer to the railroad. As lumber was an important industry during the time, the town moved with them. Not long after, Williamsburg Depot grew to a town of 6,000 - 7,000 people. [5]

Eventually, the difficulties of having such a long town name, Williamsburg Depot, became clear. The length caused many people to write it over their stamps, voiding the postage. In order to correct this issue, the postmaster asked to have the town name changed in 1905, and the postal service came up with a short and easy name "Bad". For reasons that may be clear, the residents rejected this name, and eventually came up with Collins, in honor of Fred W. Collins, leader of the state's Republican party and U. S. Marshal for the Southern District of Mississippi. The town's name was officially changed on November 24, 1906. [6]

Becoming the county seat

In 1906, a portion of the west side of Covington County became Jefferson Davis County. As a result, Williamsburg lost its position at the center of the county, and a new county seat was needed. Collins eventually emerged over Seminary and Ora, Mississippi, and a new county courthouse was built. The first court place was held in 1908. [6]

Decline and resurgence

Eventually, the lumber industry in Collins exhausted the timber resources and moved. The town population dwindled from 7,000 to 700. However, industry began to return to the town in 1936 when U.S. 49 and U.S. 84 were built, putting the town at the crossroads of these two major highways. In addition, the Plantation Pipeline was run from Baton Rouge to the east coast. It passed through the community of Kola, which was soon annexed by Collins. [6]

Hurricane Katrina and Duryea Adopt-A-Town

In September 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck Collins. As most aid agencies were concentrating on major metropolitan areas such as New Orleans, small towns like Collins were seemingly overlooked. Duryea, Pennsylvania, which had experienced similar flooding as the result of Hurricane Agnes in 1972, sought a town similar in size and demographics to "adopt" and help rebuild after the devastation wrought by the largest natural disaster in the history of the town. By hosting a bazaar and through other various fundraising efforts, Duryea helped rebuild. Collins Mayor V.O. Smith and his wife, Ada, flew to Duryea to thank their mayor Keith Moss, organizer Trina Moss and the townspeople of Duryea. This led to a bond between the two towns and has included several visits to both towns. [7]


Collins is located near the center of Covington County, along the southwest side of Okatoma Creek, a tributary of the Bowie River and part of the Pascagoula River watershed.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Collins has a total area of 8.0 square miles (20.7 km2), of which 8.0 square miles (20.6 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.37%, is water. [3]

Climate data for Collins, Mississippi (1981-2015)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 57.8
Daily mean °F (°C) 46.2
Average low °F (°C) 34.6
Average precipitation inches (mm) 5.69
Average snowfall inches (cm) 0.0
Source: National Weather Forecast Office [8]


Historical population
Census Pop.Note
U.S. Decennial Census [9]
Collins racial composition as of 2020 [10]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 939 40.09%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,225 52.31%
Asian 11 0.47%
Pacific Islander 2 0.09%
Other/Mixed 57 2.43%
Hispanic or Latino 108 4.61%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,342 people, 905 households, and 661 families residing in the city.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

Okatoma Festival

Named after the Okatoma Creek, which flows through the county, the Okatoma Festival is held the first Saturday in May. It is held in downtown Collins, and features carnival rides, vendor booths, and local cuisine. In addition, there is a 5K run held in the morning.

Mitchell Farms Pumpkin Patch

On Saturdays and Sundays, from the middle of September to the beginning of November, Mitchell Farms hosts the Mitchell Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze. The event consists of many attractions, such as wagon rides, corn maze, animal barn, and a goat castle. [11]

Christmas in the Park

From the day after Thanksgiving to the day after Christmas, the Chamber of Commerce hosts "Christmas in the Park". This is a massive, drive through light display that takes up the entirety of Bettie D. Robertson Memorial Park. All items in the display are donations from local individuals. It features secular and religious aspects of the holiday.

The city has recently come under scrutiny as a result of this display. On October 19, 2015, the Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the City of Collins, on behalf of a local citizen, asking for displays of a religious nature to be removed from the Bettie D. Robertson City Park. [12] The letter stated that, among other things, permanent displays of 3 Latin crosses, a statue of Jesus carrying a cross, and a globe with City of Collins displayed above Matthew 8:12 "I am the Light of the World" are unconstitutional and "tremendously un-welcoming to non-Christians". [13] It asks for immediate removal of the displays from Bettie D. Robertson Park. The letter was met with great hostility from the citizens, with some calling for the complainant to leave the county. [14]


The city features Grand Paradise Water Park. In addition, Mitchell Farms offers tours of the original farm buildings and event planning services, in addition to seasonal fruits and vegetables. Okatoma Golf club provides an 18-hole course in Oak Hills Subdivision. [15]

Parks and recreation

There are two major parks in the city of Collins: Bettie D. Robertson and Westside Park. Robertson Park is home to Christmas in the Park, and features athletic fields, a walking track and playground. There is also a duck pond and bird sanctuary. Westside Park features basketball courts and a playground as well. [15]


The city of Collins is served Covington County School District. There are three schools within Collins: [16]

The school district also has a Vocational Center located in Collins, that encompasses, but is not limited to, programs of study such as Health Sciences, Construction Trades, Teacher Academy, and Business & Marketing. [17]


The city is served by the News-Commercial, a local paper based out of Collins. The paper publishes every Wednesday. The Clarion-Ledger, a regional paper based in Jackson, is available as well.

Both WDAM and WHLT provide the city with local over-the-air television service. The former is based out of Laurel, MS, while the latter is based out of Hattiesburg, MS. There is not a local cable station located within the city.



The city of Collins lies near the intersection of two major highways, U.S. Routes 49 and 84. U.S. 49 passes through the city southwest of the downtown; it leads 63 miles (101 km) northwest to Jackson, the state capital, and 28 miles (45 km) southeast to Hattiesburg. U.S. 84 bypasses the center of the city, crossing U.S. 49 at an interchange in the northern part of the city, and leads east 27 miles (43 km) to Laurel and west 55 miles (89 km) to the vicinity of Brookhaven.

There is not a mass transit system in place in the city of Collins; as a result, many residents drive cars in their daily lives. However, there are sidewalks in many of the subdivisions around the city that link with the city center.


The city is served by Southern Pines Electric Power Association, out of Taylorsville, MS.


The city is served by Covington County Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital that opened in 1951. The hospital is active in the community, funding local educational extra-curricular activities and after school programs. [18]

Notable people


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  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
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  12. ^ "FFRF objects to Miss. park filled with Christian displays". FFRF. October 29, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  13. ^ Cavell, Elizabeth. "Unconstitutional religious display in city park" (PDF). Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  14. ^ Baer, Holly (November 3, 2015). "This misrepresentation of church and state". Daily Mississippian. Archived from the original on November 6, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
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  16. ^ "Covington County Schools - Schools". Covington County Schools. Covington County Schools. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  17. ^ "Covington County Schools - Vo-tech - Programs of Study". Covington County Schools. Covington County Schools. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  18. ^ "History". Covington County Hospital. Archived from the original on November 7, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  19. ^ "Rev. L. Venchael Booth". Cincinnati History Library and Archives. Cincinnati Museum Center. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  20. ^ "Billy Hamilton". Baseball Reference. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  21. ^ "Mack Jordan". Hall of Valor Project. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  22. ^ "Brandon McDonald". University of Memphis Athletics. Retrieved 10 September 2020.

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