Marion, AL
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Marion is a very small city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 3,447 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Marion is the 144th largest community in Alabama.

Unlike some cities, Marion isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Marion are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Marion is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Marion who work in office and administrative support (21.10%), sales jobs (10.46%), and maintenance occupations (6.45%).

Marion is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Marion to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

The percentage of adults in Marion who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.83% of the adults in Marion have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Marion in 2010 was $14,850, which is low income relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $59,400 for a family of four. However, Marion contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Marion also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.02% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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

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