Paducah is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 24,864 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Paducah is the 15th largest community in Kentucky.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Paducah is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Paducah is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Paducah who work in office and administrative support (13.10%), sales jobs (10.85%), and food service (8.95%).
One of the benefits of Paducah is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.74 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.
The population of Paducah overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Paducah, 23.01% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Paducah in 2010 was $26,581, which is wealthy relative to Kentucky, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $106,324 for a family of four. However, Paducah contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Paducah is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Paducah home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Paducah residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Paducah include English, Irish, French , and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Paducah is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.