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%).
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Hattiesburg, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Hattiesburg provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
Hattiesburg, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
One of the benefits of Hattiesburg is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.76 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.
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: 31.27% of adults in Hattiesburg have a college degree.
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.