Lamar County, founded in 1904 and named for the distinguished 19th century statesman, L.Q. C. Lamar, is located in the pine woods section of the southeast Mississippi. Within Lamar County lie four incorporated cities; the Hattiesburg MSA, the county seat of Purvis, Lumberton and Sumrall. Other communities in Lamar County that are not incorporated include: Oak Grove, Baxterville, Oloh, Bellevue, Rocky Branch, Midway and Okahola. The county covers a total area of slightly under 500 square miles or approximately 319,360 acres.
Lamar County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Hattiesburg has experienced growth at a feverish rate with the introduction of Turtle Creek Mall, Super Wal-Mart, Kmart Super Center and a host of other retail and industry, creating a powerful regional draw. Lamar County has seen nearly 47 new sub divisions appear in the last three years, complementing our ever-increasing tax base. Lamar County residents are fortunate to have the conveniences of one of Mississippi?s largest and progressive cities, yet maintain the quiet serene surroundings of the country and the quality of life the country offers. – less–ZoomInfo