Mars Hill is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 2,118 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Mars Hill is the 315th largest community in North Carolina.
Unlike some towns, Mars Hill isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Mars Hill are a mix 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%).
A relatively large number of people in Mars Hill telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.09% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Mars Hill area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Mars Hill maintain a good economy.
Mars Hill’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.
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.