Starkville, MS
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Starkville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 25,570 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Starkville is the 15th largest community in Mississippi.

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

Starkville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Starkville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Starkville who work in teaching (19.09%), office and administrative support (11.52%), and food service (8.94%).

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

Starkville is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Starkville have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Starkville’s economy is one such example of this.

One of the benefits of Starkville is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.05 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The education level of Starkville ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Starkville, 48.14% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Starkville in 2010 was $22,225, which is wealthy relative to Mississippi, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,900 for a family of four. However, Starkville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Starkville also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.10% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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