Mount Olive, NC
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Mount Olive is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 4,728 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Mount Olive is the 168th largest community in North Carolina.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Mount Olive is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 48.60% of the Mount Olive workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Mount Olive is a town of production and manufacturing workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Mount Olive who work in farm management occupations (8.28%), teaching (7.33%), and sales jobs (6.49%).

You will also find that a lot of people in Mount Olive work in agricultural jobs - much more than in the average community in America. This will be quite apparent if you drive around town, as much of the landscape is dedicated to farms.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Mount Olive, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Mount Olive provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Being a small town, Mount Olive does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The citizens of Mount Olive are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.10% of adults in Mount Olive have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Mount Olive in 2010 was $15,674, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,696 for a family of four. Mount Olive also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.06% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Mount Olive is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Mount Olive home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mount Olive residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Mount Olive also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.13% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mount Olive include Haitian, Irish, German, and Scottish.

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