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.

Olive Branch is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

Olive Branch is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Olive Branch’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Olive Branch use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Olive Branch‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding a streetcar. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

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.