Marathon is a somewhat small city located in the state of Florida. With a population of 8,750 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Marathon is the 218th largest community in Florida.
Marathon home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Marathon real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Marathon is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Marathon is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Marathon who work in office and administrative support (17.91%), sales jobs (12.40%), and management occupations (10.37%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Marathon. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
Another notable thing is that Marathon is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller city.
One of the benefits of Marathon is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.65 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The population of Marathon overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Marathon, 22.44% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Marathon in 2010 was $29,118, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $116,472 for a family of four. However, Marathon contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Marathon is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Marathon home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Marathon residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Marathon also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 33.73% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Marathon include English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Marathon's cultural character, accounting for 26.08% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Marathon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.