With the National Guard in place and the state’s infrastructure mostly in place, Lexington is still facing the challenges that would have made it one of the most dangerous places to be a police officer in America.
That includes a population that is significantly older and younger than the national average.
We’re not doing well.
We’re losing young people.
We have too many of them, said Lexington Police Chief Mark Davis.
He cited several reasons, including the city’s relatively high crime rate, the high cost of living and a lack of affordable housing.
The population is aging, Davis said.
It’s getting older and older.
And so we’ve got a lot of problems, but we have too few of them.
The fact that the population is so younger is a concern, too.
The median age is around 44.
And our older population is also getting older.
The older the older the better, Davis explained.
The city’s population is growing and changing.
The number of residents over the age of 25 increased from 5,600 in 2010 to 10,000 in 2020, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau released this week.
That’s an increase of more than 2,000 people.
That is an increase in population of nearly 9,000 per year.
The census bureau reported that about half of the growth is in the South and Midwest.
But there are also challenges that are more immediate than the population growth.
The city is facing its own opioid crisis, and its homeless population has grown to more than 40,000.
As a result, many residents are struggling to find affordable housing, said Davis.
The Lexington Police Department, however, is working to reduce the homeless population by more than half by 2020.
This includes building more supportive housing for those who live on the streets, which will reduce the number of homeless people on the city streets.
In the meantime, Davis is trying to get residents off the streets.
His department is encouraging people to call 911 and to report any suspicious activity.
He also recently held a public safety summit, and he announced that the city is adding more community policing officers.
Davis said his department has been doing well, but it’s also working to improve the quality of life for its citizens.
“It’s been a challenging year, and we’re getting better at it,” he said.
Lexington, however is still in a bit of a bind, he said, as a community with a population of more people ages 25 to 44 and the same amount of population as the national population.
He added that there are more things going on in the city that affect its health than the opioid crisis.
The state of Kentucky has been struggling with a high number of opioid overdoses, and the opioid epidemic is a big factor in that, Davis added.
Kentucky is one of several states that are seeing a significant rise in opioid-related deaths.
There have been several large-scale heroin overdoses in Kentucky, and there are at least two fatal opioid-involved shootings.
The Kentucky Department of Health and Hospitals reports that the state is facing an opioid crisis similar to that in many other parts of the country.
A report from a U.K. health ministry study released this month said Kentucky has the highest rate of overdose deaths of any state in the country, and about half its people are now addicted to opioids.