Mount Olive is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 4,740 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. 48.33% 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, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mount Olive who work in teaching (9.26%), food service (8.40%), and management occupations (7.54%).
In addition, Mount Olive is a college town. There are a lot of students in Mount Olive attending college, and as a result Mount Olive provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Mount Olive is a very car-oriented town. 65.53% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Mount Olive is a small town , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Mount Olive has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
Being a small town, Mount Olive does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The percentage of adults in Mount Olive who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.03% of the adults in Mount Olive have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Mount Olive in 2010 was $18,424, which is lower middle income relative to North Carolina, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,696 for a family of four. Mount Olive also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.29% 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. Important ancestries of people in Mount Olive include English, German, Irish, and African.
Mount Olive also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.84%.
The most common language spoken in Mount Olive is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.