Morehead, KY
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Morehead is a somewhat small city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 7,045 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Morehead is the 66th largest community in Kentucky.

Morehead is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.30% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Morehead is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Morehead who work in sales jobs (18.20%), food service (12.39%), and teaching (11.03%).

Morehead is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Morehead to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Morehead spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.55 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Morehead citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 38.55% of adults in Morehead have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Morehead in 2010 was $14,838, which is low income relative to Kentucky and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $59,352 for a family of four. However, Morehead contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Morehead also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.08% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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

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