Marion, VA
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Marion is a somewhat small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 5,957 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Marion is the 109th largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Marion is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Marion is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Marion who work in office and administrative support (15.61%), sales jobs (13.16%), and healthcare (10.90%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Marion spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.98 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

Despite the fact that it is a small town, Marion has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the town for affordable transportation.

The percentage of adults in Marion who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.34% of the adults in Marion have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Marion in 2010 was $21,446, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $85,784 for a family of four. However, Marion contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Marion is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Marion home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Marion residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Marion include English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and European.

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

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