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.

Marion is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Marion is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Marion who work in sales jobs (13.12%), office and administrative support (12.49%), and maintenance occupations (8.00%).

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

Marion is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Marion enrolled in college, Marion has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

The percentage of people in Marion with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.40% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Marion in 2010 was $12,410, which is low income relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $49,640 for a family of four. Marion also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.29% 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

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

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