Mound Bayou - Merigold, MS

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Mound Bayou - Merigold is a very small town located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 2,847 people and just one neighborhood, Mound Bayou - Merigold is the 98th largest community in Mississippi.

Occupations and Workforce

Unlike some towns, Mound Bayou - Merigold isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Mound Bayou - Merigold are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mound Bayou - Merigold is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mound Bayou - Merigold who work in teaching (18.92%), office and administrative support (13.77%), and sales jobs (8.97%).

Setting & Lifestyle

Being a small town, Mound Bayou - Merigold does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.


The population of Mound Bayou - Merigold overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Mound Bayou - Merigold, 22.04% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Mound Bayou - Merigold in 2018 was $16,077, which is low income relative to Mississippi and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,308 for a family of four. However, Mound Bayou - Merigold contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Mound Bayou - Merigold also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 41.46% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Mound Bayou - Merigold is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Mound Bayou - Merigold home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mound Bayou - Merigold residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Mound Bayou - Merigold include Italian, French, African, European, and Irish.

The most common language spoken in Mound Bayou - Merigold is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

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The neighborhood stands out for having an average per capita income lower than 95.2% of the neighborhoods in the United States. The neighborhood also has a greater percentage of children living in poverty (70.3%) than found in 98.5% of all U.S. neighborhoods. Children living in poverty is one of the challenges facing America, and the world, and in this neighborhood in particular, the problem can be considered acute.

Real Estate

This neighborhood has wide open spaces, few people, and lots of space to stretch out. If you like locations that fit that description, you may like this neighborhood. Based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis, with only 32 people per square mile living here, this neighborhood is less crowded than 92.4% of America.


Did you know that the neighborhood has more African and Sub-Saharan African ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 12.3% of this neighborhood's residents have African ancestry and 12.3% have Sub-Saharan African ancestry.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the neighborhood in Mound Bayou - Merigold are low income, making it among the lowest income neighborhoods in America. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 95.2% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 70.3% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 98.5% of U.S. neighborhoods.

The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.

In the neighborhood, 35.2% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants, with 23.8% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (23.0%), and 16.5% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.


The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 99.1% of households.

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves, Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households – and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.

In the neighborhood in Mound Bayou - Merigold, MS, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Sub-Saharan African (12.3%). There are also a number of people of African ancestry (12.3%), and residents who report Italian roots (5.0%), and some of the residents are also of French ancestry (2.6%).

Getting to Work

Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (47.7% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.

Here most residents (83.2%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (11.1%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.

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