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.
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%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.52% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
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.
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.
As is often the case in a small city, Albion doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
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.