Marion, NC
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Marion is a somewhat small city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 7,861 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Marion is the 106th largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some cities, Marion isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Marion are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Marion is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Marion who work in office and administrative support (12.77%), food service (10.90%), and healthcare (10.53%).

Being a small city, Marion does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The percentage of people in Marion with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.10% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Marion in 2010 was $14,369, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $57,476 for a family of four. Marion also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.23% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Marion is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Marion home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Marion residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Marion also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.79% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Marion include German, Irish, European, and Scottish.

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