Gautier, pronounced GO-chay or GO-shay depending  upon whom you ask, is a young and growing city in the heart of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

This attractive city is known as “Nature’s Playground” due to our  meandering bayous, beautiful waterfront amenities, outdoor recreation,  championship-level golf course, abundant wildlife, Mississippi Sandhill  Crane National Wildlife Refuge, and 400-acre Shepard State Park.


We boast a high-performing public school  system, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County  campus, a business-friendly atmosphere with one of the coast’s lowest  tax rates, an emerging eco-tourism industry, and some of the nicest  residents you’ll ever meet.

Gautier is listed among the 10 happiest cities in the state, based on  a survey citing our housing costs, commute times, wildlife, and outdoor  recreation.

During a 2002 annexation, the city doubled its size, and we continue  to grow. We now have a population of 18,600 on our 33 square miles.We  have some of the highest home values and lowest crime rates in Jackson  County, and our median income is higher than the state average and most  of our coastal neighbors. (source: http://www.gautier-ms.gov/)


Come Spend A Day In Gautier!

There’s no better way to get back in touch with nature than by  visiting Gautier, Mississippi on the beautiful Gulf Coast. Known as  “Nature’s Playground,” our charming city offers outdoor adventures  against some of the south’s most breathtaking backdrops.

Hitch a ride on an eco-tour through our winding bayous and snap  photos of egrets and white pelicans as sunset paints the sky a vibrant  orange. Spy on gators as you fish for brim from the popular City Park pier. Play a round of golf on a championship-level course as cicadas  sing you a peaceful melody.

Gautier’s 400-acre Shepard State Park has the perfect spot for your  RV, camper, or tent, with modern amenities and activities including  hiking, birding, disc golf, a dog park, boat launch, and  competition-level archery range. Plan an educational trip to the  Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge for a guided crane  tour or hiking tour of the wet pine savanna to learn more about our  endangered feathered friend.

If you want a slower pace, take a leisurely walk through Gautier’s  town center, but don’t forget to stop by one of our local coffee shops  for a rich espresso or restaurants for the fresh catch of the day.  If  you’re up for some late-night excitement, drop into one of our  waterfront restaurants for live local music, or Gautier is just minutes  from casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport.  

Come visit us and see what you can  find on nature’s playground.



High School (Grades 9-12)

- Gautier High School

Middle Schools (Grades 5-8)

- Gautier Middle School (Grades 7-8)

- Singing River Academy (Grades 5-6)

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

- College Park Elementary

- Gautier Elementary

- Martin Bluff Elementary

District Campuses

- Jackson County Exceptional School

- Opportunity Center

- College & Career Technical Institute (Grades 9-12)



Gautier is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on  the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Mississippi. With a  population of 18,570 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Gautier  is the 21st largest community in Mississippi.

Unlike some cities, Gautier isn’t mainly white-  or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in  Gautier are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Gautier  is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office  workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gautier who work  in office and administrative support (10.92%), sales jobs (8.76%), and  management occupations (8.10%).

Also of interest is that Gautier has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US. Gautier 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.

Gautier is a small city, and as such doesn’t have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their  jobs every day. 



Gautier is rich in history!


The City of Gautier owes its moniker to Fernando Upton Gautier, who  in 1867 established Fernando Gautier & Sons Sawmill on the west side  of the Pascagoula River and sparked growth in the area.

When trains began stopping to pick up lumber from the sawmill, the  new town had to be marked on a map. The population was only a couple  hundred people at that time, and they were calling the area “Gautier”  due to the prominent family’s name being painted on the sawmill water  tower.

Gautier was a rural community until World War II began, when shipyard  workers began to move to the area to work at the nearby Ingalls  shipyard in Pascagoula. Litton Industries bought and expanded the  Ingalls yard in the 1960s, and Gautier began another growth spurt.

The City of Gautier was incorporated in 1986, and we have continued  to grow as a “bedroom community” to the neighboring casinos and other  major industries surrounding us.

Gautier, Mississippi, United States