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Petal is a city in Forrest County, in the Hattiesburg metro area.
The latitude of Petal is 31.346N. The longitude is -89.26W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 157 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 7,687.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Petal demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Forrest County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Hattiesburg area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 39401 ZIP code.
11% of Petal residents report German ancestry, and 16% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Petal ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Petal was $13,996, compared with $21,587 nationally.
18% of Petal residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Petal, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $364. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $707.
Libraries in Petal include Conway Hall Library, Petal Library ... View libraries
Forrest County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Petal political report.
The average commute time for Petal workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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