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%).
Because Hammond has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Hammond lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Hammond is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Hammond people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
The percentage of people in Hammond who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.59% of adults in Hammond 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.