Also referred to as Coastal Mississippi, the Gulfport-Biloxi MSA is the state’s 2nd largest region with a population of 420,782 and an apartment inventory of 175 properties and 24,608 units. While Gulfport and Biloxi are the largest 2 cities in the area, other nearby communities include Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, Gautier, Long Beach, Moss Point, and Pass Christian. With 62 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, the region is ideal for tourism, shipbuilding, and defense. Beaches and casinos drive the $2 billion tourism industry, and Island View Casino Resort is one of the Top 10 best casinos in the country. Ingalls Shipbuilding is the largest employer in the state, and Keesler Air Force Base is a major presence in the region. The Chevron Refinery in Pascagoula is the company’s largest U.S. refinery and one of the top petroleum refiners in the U.S. Singing River Health System anchors the region’s healthcare system, and Gulfport/Biloxi schools are ranked the best in the state.