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.

Mount Olive is a blue-collar town, with 51.18% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 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 (7.78%), farm management occupations (6.88%), and management occupations (5.98%).

Of important note, Mount Olive is also a town of artists. Mount Olive has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Mount Olive’s character.

Mount Olive is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Mount Olive enrolled in college, Mount Olive has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

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

In terms of college education, the citizens of Mount Olive rank slightly lower than the national average. 13.99% of adults 25 and older in Mount Olive have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Mount Olive in 2010 was $16,563, 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 $66,252 for a family of four. Mount Olive also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.46% 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 12.13% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Mount Olive include English, German, Irish, and Scottish.

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