West Marion, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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West Marion, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The West Marion Census Designated Place had a population of 1,128 as of July 1, 2018. West Marion ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Marion is located at latitude 35.6524 and longitude -82.019 in McDowell County. The formal boundaries for the West Marion Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,467 feet.

The West Marion Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2403007) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The West Marion Census Designated Place is located within Township of Marion, a minor civil division (MCD) of McDowell County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Marion population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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West Marion, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 1,128
Population in Households 1,121
Population in Familes 864
Population in Group Qrtrs 7
Population Density1 754
Diversity Index2 29


Median Household Income $36,342
Average Household Income $45,037
Per Capita Income $20,289


Total Housing Units 571 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 276 (48.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 214 (37.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 81 (14.2%)
Median Home Value $118,750
Average Home Value $128,895


Total Households 490
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 290
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. 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 -0.62% -0.38%
Households -0.67% -0.41%
Families -1.8% -0.56%
Median Household Income   1.15%
Per Capita Income   2.2%

West Marion, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Marion to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 418 44th
Population Density # 333 55th
Diversity Index # 555 25th
Median Household Income # 553 25th
Per Capita Income # 536 28th

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