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Marion, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Marion had a population of 8,194 as of July 1, 2016. Marion ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Marion is located at latitude 35.6776 and longitude -82.0013 in McDowell County. The formal boundaries for the City of Marion (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.73 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,430 feet.

The City of Marion (GNIS ID: 2405024) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Marion is located within Township of Marion, a minor civil division (MCD) of McDowell County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Marion population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Marion, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 8,194
Population in Households 7,556
Population in Familes 5,945
Population in Group Qrtrs 638
Population Density1 1,431
Diversity Index2 48


Total Households 2,903
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 1,805
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,306 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,650 (49.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,253 (37.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 403 (12.2%)
Median Home Value $88,744
Average Home Value $133,515


Median Household Income $31,908
Average Household Income $43,561
Per Capita Income $18,644
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.28% 0.23%
Households 0.11% 0.1%
Families 0.33% -0.02%
Median Household Income   1.9%
Per Capita Income   1.16%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Marion, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Marion to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 105 86th
Population Density1 # 91 88th
Diversity Index2 # 368 50th
Median Household Income # 595 20th
Per Capita Income # 555 25th

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