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 4,740 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Mount Olive is the 168th largest community in North Carolina.

When you are in Mount Olive, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 48.33% of Mount Olive’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. 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%).

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.

Mount Olive is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Mount Olive's cultural character, accounting for 15.84% of the town’s population.

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