Prestonsburg, KY
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Prestonsburg is a very small city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 3,347 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Prestonsburg is the 128th largest community in Kentucky.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Prestonsburg is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Prestonsburg is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Prestonsburg who work in food service (16.48%), sales jobs (15.54%), and office and administrative support (12.41%).

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 17.00 minutes getting to work every day.

As is often the case in a small city, Prestonsburg doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The percentage of adults in Prestonsburg with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.13% of adults in Prestonsburg have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Prestonsburg in 2010 was $16,104, which is lower middle income relative to Kentucky, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $64,416 for a family of four. Prestonsburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 43.79% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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