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    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
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  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B
Marion is a town in Iowa with a population of 38,014. Marion is in Linn County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Marion offers residents a 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
38,014

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$159,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$674
National
$949
Area Feel
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
    110.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    28.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    33.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    361.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,142.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    92.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Marion

Jobs
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Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$69,882
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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I love the small town feel and the great people that live in my community. People are always willing to help out and there are plenty of things to do. I love walking, biking, and running on the many trails in the area!
We were drawn to the area for Linn-Mar Community School District. Our neighborhood is quiet, well maintained, w/walking/bike paths, mix of retirees & families, dog friendly, natural environment (wild turkeys, deer, and various birds) to observe.