Hattiesburg, MS
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Living in Hattiesburg


Hattiesburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 45,951 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Hattiesburg is the fourth largest community in Mississippi.

Unlike some cities, Hattiesburg isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Hattiesburg are a mix 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 (14.27%), sales jobs (11.71%), and food service (9.53%).

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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Hattiesburg spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.18 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The overall education level of Hattiesburg citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.84% 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 $20,468, which is upper middle income relative to Mississippi, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $81,872 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 32.52% 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.