Marion, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data

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Marion, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Marion had a population of 7,858 as of July 1, 2015. 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 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.

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, 2015.

City of Marion, NC Boundary Map

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Marion, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)

POPULATION

Total Population 7,858
Population in Households 7,232
Population in Familes 5,689
Population in Group Qrtrs 626
Population Density1 1,458
Diversity Index2 48
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 2,792
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 1,742
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 3,172 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,601 (50.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,190 (37.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 380 (12.0%)
Median Home Value $97,572
Average Home Value $113,797
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $30,692
Average Household Income $41,605
Per Capita Income $16,264
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.05% 0.12%
Households 0.01% 0.09%
Families 0.36% -0.05%
Median Household Income   3.12%
Per Capita Income   2.49%
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.

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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, 2015 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 # 106 86th
Population Density1 # 85 89th
Diversity Index2 # 365 51st
Median Household Income # 613 17th
Per Capita Income # 633 14th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.