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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B
Marion is a suburb of Cedar Rapids with a population of 38,699. Marion is in Linn County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Marion offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Marion there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Marion and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Marion are highly rated.
About Marion...
Population
38,699

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$161,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$658
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    23%
  • Own
    77%
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Marion Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    135.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    9.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    293
    500.1
  • Theft
    861.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    123.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Marion

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$69,496
National
$55,322
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Marion is a small but growing town just outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It seems that multiple times a month there are activities like art fairs and parades happening uptown, seemingly always without issue due to safety measures. The town offers two school districts of which are both quite diverse. There is a wide variety of jobs available whether it be for a teen searching for their first job or a person in search of their professional workplace. Marion is definitely more on the quiet side but this does not change the neat features of the town like city parks or the Marion Public Library. There is something for everyone if they search for it.
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Marion has been my home for 20 years and I love it! It's such a nice place to raise a family while also being close to the larger cities as needed. The schools are amazing and there are lots of opportunities for work and entertainment.
What I like about Marion is the size. Marion isn't too small or too big. You know a lot of people, but there's also a good chance you'll meet someone new every day. Everyone is Marion is very kind and friendly as well. Some things that could be changed in Marion is the businesses. I think that Marion doesn't have enough big businesses. Whether it's a new restaurant to eat at or a new building to work at, Marion could use some new businesses in the town.