Marion is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 17,803 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Marion is the 146th largest community in Illinois.
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, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Marion who work in office and administrative support (14.25%), sales jobs (11.64%), and food service (8.77%).
The citizens of Marion are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.94% of adults in Marion having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Marion in 2010 was $25,205, which is middle income relative to Illinois, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,820 for a family of four. However, Marion contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Marion is a somewhat 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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Marion include Irish, English, Scottish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Marion is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Hindi.