Greenville, MS
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Greenville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 31,517 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Greenville is the eighth largest community in Mississippi.

Unlike some cities, Greenville isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Greenville are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Greenville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Greenville who work in sales jobs (12.76%), office and administrative support (11.48%), and teaching (8.13%).

One of the benefits of Greenville is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.32 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Greenville has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Greenville has quite a high level of public transit users. Greenville’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The education level of Greenville citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.09% of adults 25 and older in Greenville have a college degree.

The per capita income in Greenville in 2010 was $17,655, which is middle income relative to Mississippi, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $70,620 for a family of four. However, Greenville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Greenville also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.02% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

The most common language spoken in Greenville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.