Summers are consistently warm and humid, with 90 degrees days prevailing and frequent cooling afternoon thunderstorms.
The economy is tied to the forest-products industry, and although it has diversified somewhat from that base with a variety of manufacturing activities, employment is still a concern.
The University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey College lend some college-town flavor.
The city is also positioning itself as a good retirement destination.
According to our research of Mississippi and other state lists there were 25 registered sex offenders living in Purvis as of August 27, 2017.
The ratio of number of residents in Purvis to the number of sex offenders is 90 to 1.
Crime in Purvis detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson No representation is made that the persons listed here are currently on the state's sex offenders registry.