City Data for Diamondhead, Mississippi
For the alien from Ben 10, see Omnitrix. For other uses see Diamond Head (disambiguation).
Diamondhead is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hancock County, Mississippi, United States. It is part of the Gulfport–Biloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,912 as of the 2000 census.
Diamondhead is located at (30. 383444, -89. 372660).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11. 7 square miles (30. 3 km²), of which 11. 3 square miles (29. 4 km²) are land and 0. 4 square mile (1. 0 km²) (3. 16%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,912 people, 2,559 households, and 1,916 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 521. 5 people per square mile (201. 3/km²). There were 3,084 housing units at an average density of 272. 1/sq mi (105. 0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95. 35% White, 1. 78% African American, 0. 41% Native American, 0. 88% Asian, 0. 03% Pacific Islander, 0. 47% from other races, and 1. 08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2. 94% of the population.
There were 2,559 households out of which 23. 5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67. 8% were married couples living together, 5. 0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25. 1% were non-families. 21. 6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10. 6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2. 29 and the average family size was 2. 64.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 18. 8% under the age of 18, 3. 2% from 18 to 24, 23. 4% from 25 to 44, 29. 8% from 45 to 64, and 24. 9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 93. 9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89. 9 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $51,361, and the median income for a family was $58,533. Males had a median income of $41,725 versus $29,595 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,631. About 4. 3% of families and 7. 2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10. 7% of those under age 18 and 2. 7% of those age 65 or over.
After the advent of Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005, the demographics changed dramatically but have yet to be statistically enumerated.
Name and Hawaiian influence
The town of Diamondhead was named after Diamond Head, Hawaii. This Hawaiian influence is applied throughout Diamondhead. Most of the roads are named with Hawaiian names, the various community centers and private homes have a Hawaiian look, including prominent kona/tahitian roof lines. Originally Diamondhead was designed by the developers in the 1970s to appeal to an older demographic looking for a place to retire near from New Orleans, Gulfport and Biloxi. Over time it has slowly changed from a retirement community to a variety of age groups. It has begun to resemble a small suburb, and its residents now mostly consist of young families.
Since most of Diamondhead was a planned community it has many facilities designed to attract home buyers. Some of these facilities include:
Clubs and activities
The casino deal with Donald Trump and Diamondhead Casino Corporation at the front of Diamondhead had fallen through as of 1 March 2007. DCC still wishes to proceed and establish a casino. The Isle of Capri construction plans at the Kiln Delisle exit of I-10 had been canceled as of 8 November 2007.
As of late 2008, casinos had applied for zoning in the south side of Diamondhead that was obliterated by Hurricane Katrina. The Silver Slipper Casino from nearby Lakeshore is planning to build a seafood restaurant at the former site of the yacht club over the water. The eighty-eight acres north of there is also planned to be a major resort casino. It will be the only casino in Mississippi with virtually direct interstate access (I-10).
Diamondhead was one of the landfall communities of Hurricane Katrina, which inflicted severe damage. It was hit by the most dangerous north east/eastern eye wall of Hurricane Katrina and probably experienced the highest winds seen in Mississippi. Greatly contributing to the extensive damage was a record storm surge of 25–28 feet (8. 5m). All but some of the 200 homes and townhomes facing the water on the south side of Diamondhead were obliterated. The north side fared better, and many of the people whose homes had been destroyed in neighboring cities, as well as in Diamondhead, moved into the houses which remained on the north side. Overnight, the population swelled from 6500 to 9000.
The commercial center, including stores and restaurants, was mostly destroyed and has since been rebuilt.
Diamondhead is served by the Hancock County School District.
Local schools of interest include St. Stanislaus Catholic School (boys) and Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Academy (girls).
This city information was provided courtesy of Wikipedia