For over three hundred years, residents of Hancock County have proudly proclaimed the numerous virtues of their coastal Mississippi home. Natural wonders abound – from extraordinary Gulf vistas, to expansive marshes, to rich forests and rolling farmland.
Our mild winter climate attracts residents and visitors who enjoy year-round recreational activities like fishing, golfing, boating or simply strolling along the beach paths. Artists are drawn to the area by our historic buildings, quaint towns and a unique sense of community. Parents appreciate the county’s public, private and parochial schools, which boast both academic and athletic achievement.
Our economy is diversified, nurturing both small and large business concerns. Hancock County is also home to NASA-Stennis Space Center, making us a national hub of technology and innovation. The unique federal and commercial “city” employs more than 5,000 civil servants, contractors, scientists and engineers.
In 2005, Hancock County received national attention as “ground zero” for Hurricane Katrina – what many have called one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. Today, Hancock County is rebounding at a speed many predicted was impossible and we’re building back with vision and new strength. Visit to discover all we have to offer – and like many visitors, you may decide to become one of our neighbors!