Petal is a somewhat small city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 11,010 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Petal is the 39th 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Petal who work in office and administrative support (15.91%), healthcare (11.61%), and management occupations (9.40%).
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.
As is often the case in a small city, Petal doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The education level of Petal citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.95% of adults in Petal have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Petal in 2018 was $25,520, which is upper middle income relative to Mississippi, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $102,080 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, Irish, English, French, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Petal is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.