Berea, KY
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Berea is a somewhat small city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 14,882 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Berea is the 32nd largest community in Kentucky.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Berea is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Berea is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Berea who work in teaching (14.14%), office and administrative support (11.36%), and food service (9.23%).

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

One of the benefits of Berea is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.07 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Berea is a small city, 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 people in Berea who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.25% of adults in Berea have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Berea in 2010 was $18,256, which is middle income relative to Kentucky, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,024 for a family of four. However, Berea contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Berea home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Berea residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Berea include German, English, Scots-Irish, and French .

The most common language spoken in Berea is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.