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.

Petal is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Petal is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Petal who work in office and administrative support (16.13%), sales jobs (12.62%), and healthcare (10.61%).

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.

Because of many things, Petal 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, Petal really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Petal 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.

The overall education level of Petal citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.25% of adults in Petal have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Petal in 2010 was $21,551, which is wealthy relative to Mississippi, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,204 for a family of four. However, Petal contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Petal is a somewhat 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 English, German, French , and Scots-Irish.

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

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