Mars Hill is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 2,032 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Mars Hill is the 315th largest community in North Carolina.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mars Hill is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mars Hill is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mars Hill who work in food service (13.71%), management occupations (11.64%), and office and administrative support (11.47%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.09% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Mars Hill is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Mars Hill to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
The education level of Mars Hill ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Mars Hill, 43.05% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Mars Hill in 2010 was $17,295, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,180 for a family of four. However, Mars Hill contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Mars Hill is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Mars Hill home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mars Hill residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Mars Hill include English, Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and Austrian.
The most common language spoken in Mars Hill is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Spanish.