Petal, MS
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Petal is a somewhat small city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 10,701 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Petal is the 41st largest community in Mississippi.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Petal is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Petal is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Petal who work in office and administrative support (15.20%), sales jobs (11.45%), and healthcare (11.07%).

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

Petal 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, Petal’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

The education level of Petal citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.36% of adults in Petal have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Petal in 2010 was $23,653, which is wealthy relative to Mississippi, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $94,612 for a family of four. However, Petal contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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