West Marion, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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West Marion, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The West Marion Census Designated Place had a population of 1,138 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 1,138
Daytime Population: Workers 169
Daytime Population: Residents 682
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 851
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.75
Population in Households 1,132
Population in Familes 866
Population in Group Qrtrs 6
Population Density2 760
Diversity Index3 29


Median Household Income $33,633
Average Household Income $42,716
Per Capita Income $19,193


Total Housing Units 572 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 274 (47.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 218 (38.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 80 (14.0%)
Median Home Value $113,406
Average Home Value $124,267


Total Households 492
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 291
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 -0.58% -0.3%
Households -0.71% -0.37%
Families -2.0% -0.56%
Median Household Income   1.4%
Per Capita Income   2.92%

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, 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 # 416 44th
Population Density # 328 56th
Diversity Index # 559 24th
Median Household Income # 584 21st
Per Capita Income # 562 24th

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