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Marion, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Marion had a population of 8,040 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Marion, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 8,040
Daytime Population: Workers 6,787
Daytime Population: Residents 4,604
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 11,391
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.42
Population in Households 7,402
Population in Familes 5,807
Population in Group Qrtrs 638
Population Density2 1,404
Diversity Index3 50


Median Household Income $33,649
Average Household Income $45,820
Per Capita Income $19,520


Total Housing Units 3,285 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,594 (48.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,251 (38.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 441 (13.4%)
Median Home Value $91,612
Average Home Value $134,740


Total Households 2,844
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 1,762
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.02% 0.08%
Households -0.19% -0.03%
Families -0.05% -0.18%
Median Household Income   2.01%
Per Capita Income   2.86%

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, 2017 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 Density # 100 87th
Diversity Index # 346 53rd
Median Household Income # 583 21st
Per Capita Income # 543 27th

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