Owensboro is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 59,273 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 (13.57%), sales jobs (11.47%), and food service (8.58%).
One of the benefits of Owensboro is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.09 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.
A lot of people in Owensboro take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Owensboro, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The percentage of adults in Owensboro who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.87% of the adults in Owensboro have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Owensboro in 2010 was $22,428, 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 $89,712 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 Italian.
The most common language spoken in Owensboro is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.