Hattiesburg, MS
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Hattiesburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 46,377 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 office and administrative support (15.09%), sales jobs (13.66%), and teaching (9.44%).

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.

Hattiesburg, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

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 17.76 minutes getting to work every day.

The overall education level of Hattiesburg citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.27% of adults in Hattiesburg have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Hattiesburg in 2010 was $19,193, which is middle income relative to Mississippi, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $76,772 for a family of four. However, Hattiesburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Hattiesburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.74% 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 Irish, German, English, Scots-Irish, and French.

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