Charleston, MS
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Charleston is a very small city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 2,048 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Charleston is the 108th largest community in Mississippi.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Charleston is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Charleston is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charleston who work in teaching (13.75%), office and administrative support (12.81%), and sales jobs (10.47%).

Charleston is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The percentage of people in Charleston with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.66% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Charleston in 2010 was $12,591, which is low income relative to Mississippi and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $50,364 for a family of four. Charleston also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 43.51% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Charleston is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Charleston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Charleston residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Charleston include French , Irish, Scots-Irish, and German.

The most common language spoken in Charleston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Japanese.

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