Richmond, KY
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Richmond is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 33,533 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Richmond is the seventh largest community in Kentucky.

Unlike some cities, Richmond isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Richmond are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Richmond is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Richmond who work in sales jobs (13.48%), office and administrative support (12.74%), and food service (10.25%).

Also of interest is that Richmond has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Richmond is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Richmond culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Richmond really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Richmond every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Richmond. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Richmond benefits directly from this.

In terms of college education, Richmond is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.67% of adults in Richmond have a college degree.

The per capita income in Richmond in 2010 was $17,979, which is middle income relative to Kentucky, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $71,916 for a family of four. However, Richmond contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Richmond also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.94% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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