Martin, TN
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Martin is a somewhat small city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 10,959 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Martin is the 51st largest community in Tennessee.

Unlike some cities, Martin isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Martin are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Martin is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Martin who work in sales jobs (15.71%), office and administrative support (13.39%), and teaching (8.33%).

Of important note, Martin is also a city of artists. Martin has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Martin’s character.

Martin 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 Martin 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.

One of the benefits of Martin is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.79 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Martin is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

In terms of college education, Martin is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.16% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Martin in 2010 was $16,596, which is lower middle income relative to Tennessee, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $66,384 for a family of four. However, Martin contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Martin also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.67% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Martin is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Martin home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Martin residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Martin include English, German, French , and Dutch.

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