Welcome to the City of Gautier
There’s no better way to get back in touch with nature than by visiting Gautier, Mississippi on the beautiful Gulf Coast. Known as “Nature’s Playground,” our charming city offers outdoor adventures against some of the south’s most breathtaking backdrops.
Hitch a ride on an eco-tour through our winding bayous and snap photos of egrets and white pelicans as sunset paints the sky a vibrant orange. Spy on gators as you fish for brim from the popular City Park pier. Play a round of golf on a championship-level course as cicadas sing you a peaceful melody.
Gautier’s 400-acre Shepard State Park has the perfect spot for your RV, camper, or tent, with modern amenities and activities including hiking, birding, disc golf, a dog park, boat launch, and competition-level archery range. Plan an educational trip to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge for a guided crane tour or hiking tour of the wet pine savanna to learn more about our endangered feathered friend.
If you want a slower pace, take a leisurely walk through Gautier’s town center, but don’t forget to stop by one of our local coffee shops for a rich espresso or restaurants for the fresh catch of the day. If you’re up for some late-night excitement, drop into one of our waterfront restaurants for live local music, or Gautier is just minutes from casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport. Come visit us and see what you can find on nature’s playground.
Gautier is centrally located in Jackson County on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast, between Pascagoula and Biloxi-Gulfport.
We are one hour west of Mobile and less than two hours east of New Orleans, and we are easily accessible to U.S. 90 and Interstate 10. We are mere minutes from casinos and major industries, but you’ll find that “Nature’s Playground” feels a world away from the hustle and bustle.
Who We Are
Gautier has a council-manager form of government. We are led by Mayor Gordon Gollott and a City Council consisting of Mary Martin, Johnny Jones, Hurley Ray Guillotte, Casey Vaughan, Rusty Anderson, and Adam Colledge. Our city manager is Paula Yancey.
Under our form of government, the mayor and council set the overall goals and budget for the city, but the day-to-day city operations are handled by the city manager.
Gautier at a Glance
We are Nature’s Playground.
- ·Gautier enjoys one of the highest elevations on the Gulf Coast, with both sprawling bluffs and low-lying fishing villages within its 33 square miles.
- ·More than 70 miles of waterfront line Gautier, as it’s nestled between bayous, barrier islands, and the only unimpeded waterway in the United States, the eco-rich Pascagoula River.
- ·Gautier residents and visitors enjoy numerous parks and coastal recreation, including the 19,000-acre Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge and 395-acre Shepard State Park.
Our median income is impressive.
- ·Gautier’s median income of $44,675 (family of four) is higher than most of our neighbors, including the cities of Pascagoula, Moss Point, Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis, and Waveland.
- ·Our median income is also higher than the Mississippi state average.
Our schools are top performers.
- ·Pascagoula-Gautier School District has locally funded pre-kindergarten classes and a pre-K launchpad for childcare facilities.
- ·PGSD boasts some of the highest teacher salaries in the state, small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities, award-winning fine arts and performing arts programs, virtual reality technology, robotics programs, a Family Interactive Center, and a full slate of AP, dual credit, and dual enrollment classes.
- ·Gautier High School is a No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon High School, with one of the highest graduation rates in the state and more than $10 million in scholarships annually.
- ·GHS is consistently ranked among the best high schools in America.
- ·Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, which is consistently ranked as one of the biggest, fastest growing and top community colleges in the nation, has its Jackson County home in the City of Gautier.
- ·Gautier is consistently ranked among the top 10 safest cities in Mississippi.
- ·In 2013, the city had the 18th fewest total number of crimes per person in the state, including the 20th fewest property crimes and 16th fewest violent crimes per person.
Our weather is beautiful.
- ·Snowbirds flock to us annually for our mild climate and bright skies.
- ·On average, we enjoy 221 sunny days per year (16 more than the U.S. average).
- ·Our average summer temperature is 82 degrees, and our average winter temperature is 58 degrees.
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