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Dogs or cats the preferred pet in South Mississippi?

Dogs or cats the preferred pet?

More than half of all homes in South Mississippi own a pet and nearly 20 percent more in each county have a dog than a cat. According to, 27,551 more residents in the three Coast counties own one or more dogs than cats. By county the numbers are:

Hancock Harrison Jackson

Own a pet 60% 55% 58%

Own a dog 47% 42% 45%

Own a cat 29% 25% 25%

--, U.S. Census Bureau