Marco Island, FL
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Marco Island is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 17,690 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Marco Island is the 148th largest community in Florida.

Marco Island home prices are not only among the most expensive in Florida, but Marco Island real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Marco Island is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.29% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Marco Island is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Marco Island who work in management occupations (20.24%), sales jobs (18.02%), and office and administrative support (9.06%).

Of important note, Marco Island is also a city of artists. Marco Island has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Marco Island’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.47% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Marco Island is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Marco Island has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Marco Island a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Marco Island is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.20 minutes getting to work every day.

Marco Island is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The education level of Marco Island ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Marco Island, 44.77% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Marco Island in 2010 was $55,156, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $220,624 for a family of four. However, Marco Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Marco Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Marco Island residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Marco Island include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Marco Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.

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