Marion is a medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 29,081 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Marion is the 31st largest community in Indiana.
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 office and administrative support (14.57%), sales jobs (11.34%), and food service (9.08%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.35% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
In addition, Marion is a college town. There are a lot of students in Marion attending college, and as a result Marion provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
One of the benefits of Marion is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.59 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.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Marion rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.52% of adults 25 and older in Marion have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Marion in 2010 was $17,764, which is lower middle income relative to Indiana, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $71,056 for a family of four.
Marion is a very 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, Dutch, and French .
The most common language spoken in Marion is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.