Hattiesburg has become one of the most prosperous cities in the state. The Greater Hattiesburg area is filled with many diverse businesses, from small, local businesses to international corporations. Education, Healthcare, and the Military make up the pillars of the economic structure of this beautiful area. Hattiesburg is strengthened by the diversity of the student and faculty; healthcare providers and military families can call the HubCity home. Education employees make up most of the region’s careers being home to two large universities, The University of Southern Miss and William Carey University, two community colleges, and eight primary and secondary education districts. This means that around 7,000 direct employees make up K-12 and higher education in the Hattiesburg area.