Hattiesburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 45,863 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 (14.27%), sales jobs (11.71%), and food service (9.53%).
In addition, Hattiesburg is a college town. There are a lot of students in Hattiesburg attending college, and as a result Hattiesburg provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to 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.
One of the benefits of Hattiesburg is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.18 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: 32.84% of adults in Hattiesburg have a college degree.
The per capita income in Hattiesburg in 2018 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.