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, Berea isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Berea are a mix 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 (13.37%), office and administrative support (11.73%), and management occupations (9.80%).

In addition, Berea is a college town. There are a lot of students in Berea attending college, and as a result Berea provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Berea spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.39 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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 overall education level of Berea is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.47% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Berea in 2010 was $18,018, 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 $72,072 for a family of four. However, Berea contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Berea also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.09% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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, French , and Scots-Irish.

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