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.

Mars Hill is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (15.05%), healthcare (10.43%), and personal care services (9.25%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 17.09% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Mars Hill to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

The education level of Mars Hill ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Mars Hill, 42.02% 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 $18,695, which is lower middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $74,780 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 Irish, English, Scots-Irish, and Polish.

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

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