Hattiesburg, MS
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Hattiesburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 46,805 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Hattiesburg is the fourth largest community in Mississippi.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hattiesburg is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hattiesburg is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hattiesburg who work in sales jobs (14.45%), office and administrative support (13.98%), and food service (9.39%).

Hattiesburg is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Hattiesburg enrolled in college, Hattiesburg has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

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 17.39 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Hattiesburg is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.95% of adults in Hattiesburg have a college degree.

The per capita income in Hattiesburg in 2010 was $18,619, which is middle income relative to Mississippi, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $74,476 for a family of four. Hattiesburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.82% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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