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.

Owensboro is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.60%), sales jobs (11.10%), and food service (8.67%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Owensboro spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.21 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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. 19.03% of adults 25 and older in Owensboro have a college degree.

The per capita income in Owensboro in 2010 was $21,343, 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 $85,372 for a family of four. However, Owensboro contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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.