Hattiesburg, MS
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Hattiesburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 46,926 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Hattiesburg is the fourth largest community in Mississippi.

Hattiesburg is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.93%), office and administrative support (13.75%), and teaching (9.80%).

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.

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 17.34 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Hattiesburg has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Hattiesburg has quite a high level of public transit users. Hattiesburg’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The education level of Hattiesburg citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.88% of adults in Hattiesburg have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Hattiesburg in 2010 was $19,134, 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 $76,536 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 36.85% 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.