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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
Marion is a town in North Carolina with a population of 7,839. Marion is in McDowell County. Living in Marion offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Marion and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$89,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$621
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    396.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    38.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    2,813.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,796
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    447.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    24%
    13%

Working in Marion

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$35,277
National
$55,322
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Marion Reviews

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Marion, NC is a beautiful place to see and experience. We have several events hosted on Main Street, 2 movie theaters, several ice cream places and restaurants. Multiple hiking trails and a greenway! Marion NC has many fun and exciting clubs and community activists to be involved in!
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I have lived here ever since I was born and it has some bumps now and then but everywhere you will go it will be like that. I think that Marion has friendly people, great views of the mountains and great schools. My favorite schools that I recommend is Eastfield global magnet school, Northcove elementary, Pleasent Garden, and FCS. FCS is not a school that you can just walk into you have to be accepted and it is a stem school at West Middle School.
Marion has a lot of potential. But I believe the members of the town are stuck in their ways. They won't let much change, or they won't allow new things to come in very often. I believe the downtown area has a ton of potential! They just need to utilize it!