Hammond is a medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 20,480 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Hammond is the 21st largest community in Louisiana.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hammond is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hammond is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Hammond who work in office and administrative support (15.00%), sales jobs (11.34%), and food service (9.69%).
Hammond is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Hammond have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Hammond’s economy is one such example of this.
In terms of college education, Hammond is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.59% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Hammond in 2010 was $18,440, which is middle income relative to Louisiana, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,760 for a family of four. However, Hammond contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Hammond also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.52% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Hammond is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hammond home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hammond residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Hammond include Italian, German, English, and Irish.
The most common language spoken in Hammond is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.