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 a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
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 (16.83%), food service (9.96%), and teaching (9.65%).
Albion is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Albion enrolled in college, Albion has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards 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 18.49 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.
The education level of Albion citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.44% of adults 25 and older in Albion have a college degree.
The per capita income in Albion in 2010 was $14,314, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $57,256 for a family of four. Albion also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.36% 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 Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Albion is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.