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The City of Marion is an agricultural community of more than 2,000 residents. It is the county seat of Marion County. The county population is approximately 13,400. The city’s official population is somewhat misleading. There are several hundred persons residing at the Marion County Lake and Marion Reservoir, who are, in essence, Marion residents, even though they don’t reside in the city limits.

US Highways 77, 150 and 56 intersect just outside of town while Highway 50 passes approximately 10 miles South. It is an easy two hour drive to Topeka and 60 minutes to Wichita. McPherson, Emporia, Newton and El Dorado are regional shopping centers that are within a 45 minute drive. I-35 is located a mere 35 miles west of Marion and I-70 is 45 miles north. We are a diamond in the rough, centrally located in the beautiful flinthills of Kansas.

A business locating here would have a potential labor pool from all of the Marion County communities as well as Herington, Strong City, Cottonwood Falls, Canton, Galva, and several others located less than a 30 minute drive from Marion.

To aid you in your move to Marion, we have a business park and industrial park with lots available for your business. We also have business incentives that make a move to Marion even more attractive.

Demographics

Census 2000 Demographic Profile Highlights:

General Characteristics

Number

Percent

U.S.

Total population

2,110

 

 

Male

978

46.4

49.1%

Female

1,132

53.6

50.9%

Median age (years)

41.7

 

35.3

Under 5 years

129

6.1

6.8%

18 years and over

1,572

74.5

74.3%

65 years and over

562

26.6

12.4%

One race

2,084

98.8

97.6%

White

2,059

97.6

75.1%

Black or African American

1

0.0

12.3%

American Indian and Alaska Native

17

0.8

0.9%

Asian

2

0.1

3.6%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

0

0.0

0.1%

Some other race

5

0.2

5.5%

Two or more races

26

1.2

2.4%

Hispanic or Latino (of any race)

29

1.4

12.5%

Household population

2,006

95.1

97.2%

Group quarters population

104

4.9

2.8%

Average household size

2.34

 

2.59

Average family size

2.94

 

3.14

Total housing units

968

 

 

Occupied housing units

859

88.7

91.0%

Owner-occupied housing units

647

75.3

66.2%

Renter-occupied housing units

212

24.7

33.8%

Vacant housing units

109

11.3

9.0%

 

 

 

 

Social Characteristics

Number

Percent

U.S.

Population 25 years and over

1,397

 

 

High school graduate or higher

1,197

85.7

80.4%

Bachelor's degree or higher

240

17.2

24.4%

Civilian veterans (civilian population 18 years and over)

173

11.4

12.7%

Disability status (population 5 years and over)

367

20.0

19.3%

Foreign born

24

1.1

11.1%

Male, Now married, except separated (population 15 years and over)

473

66.9

56.7%

Female, Now married, except separated (population 15 years and over)

480

53.6

52.1%

Speak a language other than English at home (population 5 years and over)

70

3.6

17.9%

 

 

 

 

Economic Characteristics

Number

Percent

U.S.

In labor force (population 16 years and over)

929

59.3

63.9%

Mean travel time to work in minutes (workers 16 years and over)

15.7

 

25.5

Median household income in 1999 (dollars)

32,125

 

41,994

Median family income in 1999 (dollars)

42,202

 

50,046

Per capita income in 1999 (dollars)

16,464

 

21,587

Families below poverty level

28

5.3

9.2%

Individuals below poverty level

132

6.7

12.4%

 

 

 

 

Housing Characteristics

Number

 

U.S.

Single-family owner-occupied homes

560

 

 

Median value (dollars)

53,200

 

119,600

Median of selected monthly owner costs

(X)

 

 

With a mortgage (dollars)

761

 

1,088

Not mortgaged (dollars)

227

 

295

(X) Not applicable.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Summary File 1 (SF 1) and Summary File 3 (SF 3)