Olive Branch, MS
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Olive Branch is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 36,699 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Olive Branch is the ninth largest community in Mississippi.

Olive Branch real estate is some of the most expensive in Mississippi, although Olive Branch house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Olive Branch is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Olive Branch is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Olive Branch who work in office and administrative support (16.69%), sales jobs (11.09%), and management occupations (9.04%).

Also of interest is that Olive Branch has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Olive Branch is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Olive Branch really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Olive Branch perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Olive Branch is a very car-oriented city: 91.86% of people use private automobiles to get to and from work. In fact, the general consensus among people in Olive Branch is that if you need to get anywhere, you're going to have to drive. The landscape is very car-oriented, and features shopping centers, strip malls, parking lots, and wide streets. Pedestrians are discouraged by the fact that sidewalks are not always present, which makes attempts at walking downright daunting in certain parts of town.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Olive Branch is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking a streetcar. For Olive Branch, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

In terms of college education, Olive Branch is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.21% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Olive Branch in 2010 was $29,176, which is wealthy relative to Mississippi, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $116,704 for a family of four. However, Olive Branch contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Olive Branch is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Olive Branch home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Olive Branch residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Olive Branch include German, English, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Olive Branch is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.