The City of Pascagoula, one of Mississippi’s largest cities, is the seat of Jackson County. The village of Pascagoula was incorporated in 1838. In 1904, Pascagoula and the village of Scranton, which had formed around the railroad station now located in downtown Pascagoula, were combined and incorporated as the City of Pascagoula.
The city is home to approximately 24,000 residents with a daytime population of perhaps twice that many. Though Pascagoula boasts grand Spanish moss laden live oaks, splendid ante-bellum structures and charms of the old South, she also has the breeziness, pleasant ambiance and architecture of a New England fishing village. While she enjoys a comfortable coexistence with some mammoth industries, she stubbornly maintains the quiet dignity, quality of life and tenacious preservation of natural beauty more characteristic of a rural community. Pascagoula is also home to the largest employer in the state, Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding.
In travel time, the city is located thirty minutes east of Biloxi, Mississippi and two hours east of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is also located thirty minutes west of Mobile, Alabama and four hours south of Jackson, Mississippi. With Highways 90, 613, and 63 transversing it, Pascagoula can easily access Interstate 10 just to its north.