is a city in Linn County
, United States
. The population was 26,294 at the 2000 census and was estimated at 32,172 in 2007. The city is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area
Marion is located at (42.037649, -91.592925).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31.1 km²), all of it land.
The town was named after Francis Marion
, a hero of the Revolutionary War
. The site was selected in 1839 to be the first county seat of the newly-organized Linn County, Iowa
. After years of debate over moving the county seat to Cedar Rapids, Iowa
, it was put to a vote in 1919. The vote was 9,960 in favor of moving the seat and 4,823 not in favor.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 26,294 people, 10,458 households, and 7,174 families residing in the city. The population density
was 2,192.1 people per square mile (846.0/km²). There were 10,968 housing units at an average density of 914.4/sq mi (352.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.01% White
, 0.60% African American
, 0.19% Native American
, 0.94% Asian
, 0.03% Pacific Islander
, 0.40% from other races
, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.10% of the population.
There were 10,458 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $48,591, and the median income for a family was $59,110. Males had a median income of $40,766 versus $26,241 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,158. About 3.9% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.
Two public school districts serve Marion. The Marion Independent School District
encompasses much of the south and east sides of Marion. The Linn-Mar Community School District
includes land primarily on Marion's north, west, and far east sides and areas of Cedar Rapids
. Linn-Mar is one of the fastest growing school systems in the state of Iowa
. The two schools have discussed merging on several occasions, dating back to the 1950s. Such a consolidation seems unlikely now, given the size of each school, tradition, and Linn-Mar's student population from Cedar Rapids.
Kirkwood Community College has a satellite campus in Marion.