Brookhaven is a somewhat small city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 12,414 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Brookhaven is the 34th largest community in Mississippi.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Brookhaven is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brookhaven is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brookhaven who work in sales jobs (12.96%), office and administrative support (12.84%), and teaching (10.69%).
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.21 minutes getting to work every day.
The education level of Brookhaven citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.49% of adults 25 and older in Brookhaven have a college degree.
The per capita income in Brookhaven in 2010 was $16,418, which is middle income relative to Mississippi, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $65,672 for a family of four. However, Brookhaven contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Brookhaven also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 39.10% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Brookhaven is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Brookhaven home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brookhaven residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Brookhaven include English, German, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Brookhaven is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.