Marion, Illinois is a small city with a population of just under 18,000. It's a nice place to settle down, as retirees account for a greater percentage of the population (20%) here than they do nationally (14%). Most residents own their homes in Marion, and 40% of residents rent. Renters in the city benefit from a relatively low average rent of $727 a month, which is $324/month less than the state average.
With an average commute time of about 22 minutes, faster than most cities in the state, Marion residents have found that it isn't overly time-consuming to get to work. Driving a vehicle is the typical means of commuting to work, chosen by 39% of workers, while public transportation isn't used widely. Few residents commute to work on foot.
Compared to the national average (5%), Marion has a relatively large number of residents over the age of 25 who possess an Associate's degree (7%). Furthermore, 9% possess a Bachelor's degree and 6% have earned a Master's degree or Doctorate. There are three primary industries in Marion: healthcare, retail, and education. Combined, these industries account for 18% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 9% of the city's population works in sales, making it the top career path in the city. Marion workers take home an average annual income of around $57K, around $20,000 less than the state average. The city's average income also trails the national average ($73,345).
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