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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    B+
Marion is a town in Illinois with a population of 17,774. Marion is in Williamson County. Living in Marion offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Marion and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Marion are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$111,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$691
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Marion Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    40.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    864.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    34.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    219
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    39%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Marion

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,036
National
$55,322
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Marion Reviews

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Marion is a very religious and conservative area. Geographically you might not be in the south, but culturally you are. The people speak with southern accents, support racists tendencies, and are die hard Trump supporters. They are all about coal mining and are not environmentally friendly. Now, obviously, this doesn't describe 100% of the population, just a majority. It's also unbearably hot and humid in the summer. We are currently in a week long heat wave where heat indices are over 100 degrees every day. A couple days ago it was 117. The food is also terrible. What they consider good food here is mediocre at best. Land is also incredibly expensive. They nickle and dime you on everything. It is a very pretty place there farther south you go. You are near a large national forest and several lakes. The outdoor rec opportunities are better down here than the rest of the state.
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I recently moved to Route 37 in Marion, Illinois, in August of 2016. I live about 4 miles North of town. I absolutely love the country feel. My boyfriend and I are first time homeowners. We enjoy being able to do as we please in our yard, shoot guns, ride four wheelers, or side by sides, play with out pets. It is a great atmosphere!
Marion is the best town anyone could ever want to live in, it has so many job opportunities, and more. The restaurants are amazing and there are so many of them, there are constantly new ones. Marion is growing all the time. I would highly suggest visiting or living in this town.