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. Much of the housing stock in Albion was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Albion is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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%).
A relatively large number of people in Albion telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.52% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Albion, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Albion provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
One of the benefits of Albion is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.01 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.
Being a small city, Albion does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The percentage of adults in Albion with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.76% of adults in Albion have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
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.