WHY OCEAN SPRINGS ?

Ocean Springs, Mississippi, lies at the heart of the beautiful  Mississippi Gulf Coast on the eastern shore of Biloxi Bay. It’s known as  the City of Discovery in recognition of the French establishment of a  settlement here in 1699. 


Long before the French arrived, however, the  area was appreciated for its beauty and natural resources by Native  Americans. The attributes that brought these early residents have  attracted a diverse stream of people during the past 300 years. Ocean Springs has been flavored by many influences during its rich history,  and now in the 21st century, it has a unique character that makes us  happy to call it home.


Nestled along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the City of  Ocean Springs is a vibrant and eclectic arts community. It is home to  numerous galleries, artist studios, and over 100 restaurants, and  recently opened its first micro-brewery. With relatively affordable  housing (the median home value is just over $204,000), schools that are  among the best in the State of Mississippi, premier healthcare  facilities, and a unique beauty found all over town, it is easy to  understand why 17,000 people are proud to call Ocean Springs home!


Visit our historical and growing commercial districts for unique  shopping experiences. Enjoy City services and facilities by spending  time in one of our many parks and green spaces. Find time during your  week to enjoy natural beauty, cultural resources, and other aspects of  our city and the Coast. We welcome visitors to come and enjoy. (source: http://ci.ocean-springs.ms.us/page/About-Us)

SIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES

Paddles Up Paddleboard

Dedicated to stand up paddleboarding, Paddles Up Paddleboard Rentals and  Sales offers boards, paddles and gear from Bote, Gusu, Boga, Thule and  Kialoa.

Ocean Springs Museum of History

Founded in 2010, the Ocean Springs Museum of History is housed within  the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center. The focus of the museum is on the  historical evolution of the local area, especially through work-related  artifacts, photographs, and books.

Gulf Islands National Seashore

The Gulf Islands National Seashore – Mississippi District – Davis Bayou  is a complex covering 400 acres, which includes a variety of activities,  such as camping, hiking and fishing.

Skate Zone

Opened in 2005, Skate Zone is a skating facility featuring numerous  amenities for its guests to enjoy. Public skating, a snack bar,  preschool programs, and summer camps are among the amenities and  services offered.

Front Beach

Located on the Gulf Coast, Front Beach offers visitors a spacious beach for lounging and spending a day in the sun.

EDUCATION

Elementary Schools

- Pecan Park Elementary School

- Oak Park Elementary School

- Magnolia Park Elementary School

- Ocean Springs Upper Elementary

Middle schools

- Ocean Springs Middle School

High schools

- Ocean Springs High School

Alternative schools

- E. H. Keys Alternative School

OCEAN SPRINGS NEIGHBORHOOD

   

Ocean Springs 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 17,636 people and four constituent  neighborhoods, Ocean Springs is the 24th largest community in  Mississippi.


Ocean Springs real estate is some of the most  expensive in Mississippi, although Ocean Springs house values don’t  compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S. Ocean Springs is a decidedly white-collar city,  with fully 85.28% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well  above the national average. Overall, Ocean Springs is a city of  professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There  are especially a lot of people living in Ocean Springs who work in food  service (11.35%), management occupations (11.09%), and sales jobs  (10.54%).

  

Ocean Springs 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as  these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and  various waterfront activities.


Ocean Springs is a very ethnically-diverse city.  The most common language spoken in Ocean Springs  is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and  Vietnamese.

POPULAR REAL ESTATE

- City Center

- Halstead Rd / Brumbaugh Rd

- Gulf Hills

- Fountainebleau


The citizens of Ocean Springs are very well  educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.30% of  adults in Ocean Springs have a bachelor’s degree or even advanced  degree.


The per capita income in Ocean Springs in 2010  was $31,347, which is wealthy relative to Mississippi, and upper middle  income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income  of $125,388 for a family of four. 


However, Ocean Springs contains both  very wealthy and poor people as well.

HISTORY

Ocean Springs is rich in history!

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The settlement of Fort Maurepas or Old Biloxi, in colonial French  Louisiana (New France), began in April 1699 at present-day Ocean  Springs, under the authority of King Louis XIV, as Fort  Maurepas by Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville. It was the first permanent  French outpost in French Louisiana and was established as a foothold to  prevent Spanish encroachment on France’s colonial claims. The site was  maintained well into the early 18th century.


The name Ocean Springs was coined by Dr. William Glover Austin in  1854. He believed the local springs had healing qualities. Ocean Springs became a prosperous resort town and after several years reinvented  itself as a historically-oriented residential community. The history of  the town is celebrated annually in reenactments depicting d’Iberville’s  landing near a replica of Fort Maurepas.


From colonial times to present day, seafood has been celebrated. The  abundance of seafood allowed French and French-Canadian explorers and  settlers to thrive within the Fort Maurepas/Old Biloxi area. In the late  nineteenth century, the development of ice plant industries along the  coast increased seafood sales. Locals and tourists can still purchase  freshly harvested shrimp, fish, crabs, and oysters to this day because  of this thriving industry.


Ocean Springs was in the international spotlight following Hurricane  Katrina’s landfall on August 29, 2005. The city, part of the Mississippi  Gulf Coast directly hit by the storm, sustained significant damage. The  Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge, part of Highway 90 along the beach, was  destroyed and was a widely broadcast visual testament to the hurricane’s  impact.


BILOXI BAY BRIDGE


Hurricane Katrina’s 28-foot (8.5 m) storm surge destroyed the Biloxi  Bay Bridge, which connected Biloxi to Ocean Springs. The bridge was  completed in 1962, and damaged in 1969 by Hurricane Camille. The Biloxi  Bay Bridge replaced the aging War Memorial Bridge which opened in 1930.  As of 2007, the majority of the bridge’s remains have been removed via  cranes based on barges located next to the bridge debris. The bridge  ruins, capturing the breathtaking results of the force of Hurricane  Katrina, had become a popular spot of photographers both professional  and amateur. The construction for the new bridge was completed in April  2008. 


The new Biloxi Bay Bridge is 95′ in height at its main span, and  supports six lanes of traffic. Two lanes of the six-lane bridge opened  November 1, 2007. The new bridge has a curving roadway due to the  implemented design-build process. In order to speed the process of  rebuilding, the main body of the bridge was moved outside of the  previous bridge’s debris area. The landing points for each side of U.S.  Route 90 correspond with the previous bridge.

Ocean Springs, Mississippi, United States