Marquette, MI
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Marquette is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 21,297 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Marquette is the 63rd largest community in Michigan.

Marquette is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Marquette is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Marquette who work in food service (12.58%), office and administrative support (11.81%), and sales jobs (8.99%).

In addition, Marquette is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Marquette culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Marquette really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Marquette every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Marquette. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Marquette benefits directly from this.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Marquette spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 12.74 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Marquette are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.10% of adults in Marquette have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Marquette in 2010 was $20,873, which is middle income relative to Michigan, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,492 for a family of four. However, Marquette contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Marquette home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Marquette residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Marquette include Irish, Finnish, English, and French .

The most common language spoken in Marquette is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.