Jackson, Gulfport, Southaven, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Vicksburg, Meridian, Tupelo, Greenville and Olive Branch are the largest cities in terms of population in Mississippi. Jackson and Gulfport are the only cities that have populations of over 50,000, as of 2010.
Jackson is the capital of Mississippi and has a population of 173,514 as of 2010, but it saw a decrease in population of 10,742 people between the years 2000 and 2010. Jackson is home to many universities, such as Jackson State University, Tougaloo College and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, which serves as the University of Mississippi's health science campus. Numerous publicly traded companies are located in Jackson, such as Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., EastGroup Properties Inc., Parkway Properties Inc. and the Trustmark Corporation.
Gulfport is located on Mississippi's gulf coast and shares a metropolitan area with Biloxi and Pascagoula. Gulfport has a population of 67,793 and is the Harrison County co-seat with Biloxi, as of 2010. Gulfport is home to the U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Seabees. Gulfport's largest employers are the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Memorial Hospital, Harrison County School District and the Island View Casino. Gulfport is one of the largest tourism centers on the gulf coast, in large part due to its many casinos; however, many of the casinos were damaged in Hurricane Katrina.