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Forrest County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2016, the population was 75,979. Its county seat and largest city is Hattiesburg
Forrest County was carved out of the western portion of Perry County in 1908. It is named for Nathan B. Forrest, a Confederate general in the American Civil War, and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.