Harlan, KY
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Harlan is a very small city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 1,639 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Harlan is the 202nd largest community in Kentucky.

Unlike some cities, Harlan isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Harlan are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Harlan is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harlan who work in office and administrative support (13.38%), sales jobs (12.30%), and food service (11.57%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.80 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Harlan citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.85% of adults 25 and older in Harlan have a college degree.

The per capita income in Harlan in 2010 was $18,864, 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 $75,456 for a family of four. Harlan also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.63% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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

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