Hattiesburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 48,730 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Hattiesburg is the fifth 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 office and administrative support (14.57%), food service (11.33%), and sales jobs (10.86%).
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.
One of the benefits of Hattiesburg is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.92 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.
The 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.
The per capita income in Hattiesburg in 2018 was $22,880, 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 $91,520 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 31.98% 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 Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Hattiesburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.