A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$148,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$659
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    137
    273
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    27
    41
  • Robbery
    19
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    330
    525
  • Theft
    1,030
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    48
    263

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$64,527
National
$53,889
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Marion Reviews

85 reviews
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Marion, IA feels like a small town, but is the home to 34,768 residents. Opportunities are available for shopping, bakeries, fine dining, family restaurants or eating on the go. Marion’s charm is equipped with a few antique stores and local barber shops. Families enjoy outings at the pool and public library. Children and teens are invited for activities and crafts. Adults can visit with authors and speakers during events. Marion is home to 15 parks, nature trails and splash pads for your whole family to enjoy. Every week in the summer you can find music events or festivals at the town square. Marion is home to a local airport which offers plane rides to children once a year. The neighborhood is a low crime area with volunteer crime watchers in the vicinity. It is a town that you feel safe and comfortable letting your children play without fear. Whether you are looking for a safe environment or prefer the relaxing atmosphere of retirement, Marion is a wonderful place to call home.
Review Marion
I've grown up in Marion my whole life. It is a great place to raise a family. The town is clean and safe. Marion is basically a suburb of Cedar Rapids. Everything you could want is within 15 miles. Marion does not have much for entertainment, so thankfully Cedar Rapids has more of a variety. Within the last few years Marion has been on a healthy town kick, trying to become the healthiest town around. So with that being said there are a lot of running/walking events. Marion has that small town charm with a main street and square that are full of charm and vintage qualities. You won't have to go far to find a job or housing in Marion.
Marion is a small town but is right beside cedar rapids. Allowing not only peace and quiet but close proximity to shopping, restaurants, and any other needs. Marion is continuing to grow and as it grows more opportunities arise in terms of activities one may participate in. Marion has two wonderful school districts in this town which provide great educations to students.