Biloxi is a city in Harrison County, Mississippi. The 2010 census recorded the population as 44,054. Along with the adjoining city of Gulfport, Biloxi is a county seat of Harrison County. The city is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi metropolitan area and the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Combined Statistical Area. Pre-Katrina, Biloxi was the third largest city in Mississippi; but with its population losses following that storm, Hattiesburg now has that distinction. Also, in the 2010 census, Southaven is shown as the fourth largest city, so Biloxi is now ranked fifth in the state. The beachfront of Biloxi lies directly on the Mississippi Sound, with barrier islands scattered off the coast and into the Gulf of Mexico.Keesler Air Force Base lies within the city and is home to the 81st Training Wing and the 403d Wing of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
The City of Biloxi is served by the Biloxi Public School District and the Harrison County School District. The Gulf Coast has a large Catholic school system, with which Biloxi hosts 15 of their schools. Virginia College has a campus that serves the greater Biloxi/Gulfport area. Virginia College "is a technical college that offers a wide variety of programs, resulting in both diplomas and associate degrees in...fields as office management, health and medical, criminal justice and paralegal."
Biloxi is served by the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Gulfport, Mississippi. Biloxi's main highway is U.S. Highway 90 (Beach Boulevard), which runs along the beach and by the casinos. It connects the city to Gulfport and points westward and to Ocean Springs and Pascagoula to the east. The Biloxi Bay Bridge, connecting Biloxi and Ocean Springs, was rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina, and was fully reopened in April 2008. Interstate 10 passes through the northern sections of the city, connecting the city to New Orleans, Houston, Mobile and Jacksonville. Interstate 110 splits off from I-10 at D'Iberville and heads south across the Back Bay of Biloxi to U.S. 90 near Beau Rivage, providing the city with an important hurricane evacuation route.