Oxford, MS
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Oxford is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 23,639 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Oxford is the 20th largest community in Mississippi. Much of the housing stock in Oxford was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Oxford economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Oxford, where the median household income is $33,800.00.

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

Oxford is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.25% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oxford is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oxford who work in teaching (13.27%), food service (11.54%), and sales jobs (10.77%).

Of important note, Oxford is also a city of artists. Oxford has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Oxford’s character.

Because Oxford has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Oxford lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Oxford is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Oxford people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Oxford, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 14.69 minutes getting to work every day.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Oxford, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Oxford is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 51.45% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Oxford in 2010 was $23,903, which is wealthy relative to Mississippi, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $95,612 for a family of four. However, Oxford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Oxford also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.26% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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