Shively, KY
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Shively is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 15,713 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Shively is the 28th largest community in Kentucky.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Shively is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Shively is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Shively who work in office and administrative support (21.41%), sales jobs (9.77%), and food service (5.47%).

Despite the fact that it is a small city, Shively has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.

The percentage of people in Shively with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.26% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Shively in 2010 was $18,820, which is middle income relative to Kentucky, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $75,280 for a family of four.

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

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