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.

Unlike some cities, Marquette isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Marquette are a mix of both white- and blue-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%).

Marquette is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Marquette have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Marquette’s economy is one such example of this.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 12.74 minutes getting to work every day.

The population of Marquette is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 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.