Owensboro, KY
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Owensboro is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 59,042 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Owensboro is the fourth largest community in Kentucky.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Owensboro is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Owensboro is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Owensboro who work in office and administrative support (13.42%), sales jobs (11.67%), and food service (9.43%).

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 16.25 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Owensboro citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.91% of adults 25 and older in Owensboro have a college degree.

The per capita income in Owensboro in 2010 was $21,805, which is upper middle income relative to Kentucky, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,220 for a family of four. However, Owensboro contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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