Mars Hill, NC
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Mars Hill is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 2,256 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 office and administrative support (14.75%), food service (10.27%), and healthcare (8.50%).

A relatively large number of people in Mars Hill telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 16.62% 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.

The population of Mars Hill 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: 38.92% of adults in Mars Hill have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mars Hill in 2010 was $17,250, which is lower middle income relative to North Carolina, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $69,000 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, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Mars Hill is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.

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