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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Marion is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Marion to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
In terms of college education, Marion is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.83% of adults 25 and older 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.