Albion is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 8,229 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Albion is the 132nd largest community in Michigan. Albion has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Albion is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Albion is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Albion who work in office and administrative support (14.95%), personal care services (11.27%), and food service (8.98%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.52% 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, Albion is a college town. There are a lot of students in Albion attending college, and as a result Albion provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Albion spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.01 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
As is often the case in a small city, Albion doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Albion rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.76% of adults 25 and older in Albion 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 Albion in 2010 was $14,699, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,796 for a family of four. Albion also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.49% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Albion is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Albion home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Albion residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Albion include English, Irish, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Albion is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.