Marion, North Carolina

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Population in 2017: 7,640 (98% urban, 2% rural).
Population change since 2000: +54.6%
Males: 4,289  (56.1%)
Females: 3,351  (43.9%)
Median resident age:

37.2 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years

Zip codes: 28752, 28761.

Marion Zip Code Map
Estimated median household income in 2017: $35,966 (it was $24,753 in 2000)
Marion:

$35,966
NC:

$52,752

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $15,803 (it was $16,569 in 2000)

Marion city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $95,064 (it was $59,400 in 2000)
Marion:

$95,064
NC:

$171,200

Median gross rent in 2017: $606.

March 2019 cost of living index in Marion: 79.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 20.7%
(19.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.4% for Black residents, 25.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 35.4% for other race residents, 16.5% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Marion, NC (2017)
    • 5,38067.9%White alone
    • 1,54919.6%Hispanic
    • 6638.4%Black alone
    • 1501.9%Two or more races
    • 1151.5%American Indian alone
    • 510.6%Asian alone
    • 180.2%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Marion detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of North Carolina and other state lists, there were 88 registered sex offenders living in Marion, North Carolina as of January 23, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Marion is 91 to 1.


Crime rates in Marion by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(19.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(25.3)
2
(25.6)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(19.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(19.3)
1
(14.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
N/A
Robberies
(per 100,000)
5
(97.8)
9
(177.5)
9
(176.1)
8
(154.8)
10
(142.6)
6
(75.6)
4
(50.4)
4
(50.3)
6
(75.9)
6
(76.7)
3
(38.4)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
24
(469.4)
29
(572.0)
23
(449.9)
23
(445.0)
25
(356.4)
19
(239.4)
20
(252.1)
26
(327.2)
25
(316.3)
27
(345.0)
31
(396.5)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
154
(3,012)
136
(2,682)
160
(3,130)
131
(2,535)
136
(1,939)
164
(2,066)
184
(2,320)
217
(2,731)
185
(2,340)
179
(2,287)
220
(2,814)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
289
(5,652)
263
(5,187)
269
(5,262)
300
(5,805)
285
(4,063)
332
(4,183)
362
(4,564)
421
(5,299)
407
(5,149)
403
(5,149)
375
(4,796)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
16
(312.9)
22
(433.9)
26
(508.6)
24
(464.4)
17
(242.3)
21
(264.6)
14
(176.5)
18
(226.6)
21
(265.7)
30
(383.3)
35
(447.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
3
(58.7)
4
(78.9)
5
(97.8)
8
(154.8)
4
(57.0)
3
(37.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
5
(63.3)
1
(12.8)
2
(25.6)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)600.8597.6652.2597.7443.1428.9424.6501.8527.6539.8515.4

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City-data.com crime index in Marion, NC

Crime rate in Marion detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 27 (25 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.30
North Carolina average:

2.34
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Ancestries: American (15.9%), English (8.2%), Scotch-Irish (5.8%), European (5.3%), Scottish (5.0%), Irish (4.8%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 1395 feet

Land area: 3.40 square miles.

Population density: 2,244 people per square mile   (low).

Marion, North Carolina map

736 residents are foreign born (8.3% Latin America).

This city:

9.3%
North Carolina:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $733 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $692 (0.8%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Asheville, NC (31.7 miles , pop. 68,889).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (74.0 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (478.8 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

West Marion, NC (1.4 miles ),
Old Fort, NC (3.2 miles ),
Glen Alpine, NC (3.6 miles ),
Spruce Pine, NC (4.0 miles ),
Montreat, NC (4.1 miles ),
Salem, NC (4.2 miles ),
Morganton, NC (4.3 miles ),
Black Mountain, NC (4.3 miles )

Latitude: 35.68 N, Longitude: 82.01 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +4,828 (+60.9%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,292 (45.8%)

Area code: 828

Distribution of median household income in Marion, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Marion, NC in 2017
Marion satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 2 buildings, average cost: $91,000
  • 1998: 2 buildings, average cost: $91,000
  • 1999: 5 buildings, average cost: $99,000
  • 2000: 4 buildings, average cost: $99,000
  • 2001: 4 buildings, average cost: $99,000
  • 2002: 4 buildings, average cost: $99,000
  • 2003: 2 buildings, average cost: $225,000
  • 2004: 2 buildings, average cost: $225,000
  • 2005: 2 buildings, average cost: $225,000
  • 2006: 7 buildings, average cost: $114,300
  • 2007: 6 buildings, average cost: $114,300
  • 2008: 4 buildings, average cost: $114,300
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $149,000
  • 2012: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2015: 2 buildings, average cost: $135,000
  • 2016: 1 building, cost: $159,000
  • 2017: 2 buildings, average cost: $234,900
Number of permits per 10,000 Marion, NC residents
Average permit cost in Marion, NC
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.9%
North Carolina:

4.1%
Historical population in Marion, NC
Historical housing units in Marion, NC
Most common industries in Marion, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Textile mills & textile products (9.4%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (8.7%)
  • Health care (7.6%)
  • Educational services (7.3%)
  • Construction (6.3%)
  • Public administration (5.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.0%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (11.5%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (10.0%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (9.0%)
  • Public administration (6.0%)
  • Metal & metal products (3.9%)
  • Health care (3.8%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (3.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (12.9%)
  • Health care (11.8%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (9.9%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (7.4%)
  • Social assistance (5.4%)
  • Chemicals (5.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.7%)
Most common occupations in Marion, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (12.3%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (4.5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.2%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.0%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.0%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (2.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (12.1%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.8%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (3.7%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (3.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (12.5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (6.2%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.5%)
  • Registered nurses (3.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.3%)

Average climate in Marion, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Marion, North Carolina environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 62.6. This is about average.

City:

62.6
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 37.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 11.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

37.3
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 5.84. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.84
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Marion-area historical tornado activity is slightly below North Carolina state average. It is 35% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 28.1 miles away from the Marion city center killed 4 people and injured 52 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 tornado 31.7 miles away from the city center killed 2 people and injured 35 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Marion-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 128.2 miles away from Marion center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 204.7 miles away from Marion center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 110.1 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 102.0 miles away from the city center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 220.9 miles away from the city center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 105.0 miles away from Marion center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in McDowell County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Marion topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Marion:

  • HOSPICE OF MCDOWELL CO, INC (575 AIRPORT ROAD)
  • LAURELWOOD GROUP HOME (109 LONON AVENUE)
  • THE MCDOWELL HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 430 RANKIN DRIVE P O BOX 730)
  • AUTUMN CARE OF MARION (PO BOX 339)
  • MCDOWELL COUNTY DIALYSIS (100 SPAULDING ROAD # 2)

Airports and heliports located in Marion:

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College/University in Marion:

  • McDowell Technical Community College (Full-time enrollment: 1,079; Location: 54 College Drive; Public; Website: www.mcdowelltech.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Marion:

  • Western Piedmont Community College (about 19 miles; Morganton, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,205)
  • Isothermal Community College (about 25 miles; Spindale, NC; FT enrollment: 2,165)
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (about 32 miles; Hudson, NC; FT enrollment: 3,636)
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville (about 32 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 3,312)
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (about 32 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 6,992)
  • Gardner-Webb University (about 36 miles; Boiling Springs, NC; FT enrollment: 4,241)
  • Cleveland Community College (about 41 miles; Shelby, NC; FT enrollment: 2,541)

Public high schools in Marion:

  • MCDOWELL HIGH (Location: 600 MCDOWELL HIGH SCHOOL DR, Grades: 9-12)
  • MCDOWELL EARLY COLLEGE (Location: 54 COLLEGE DRIVE, Grades: 9-12)
  • MCDOWELL AEC (Location: 176 LUKIN ST, Grades: 6-12)

Private high school in Marion:

  • NEW MANNA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 124, Location: 225 E COURT ST, Grades: KG-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Marion:

See full list of schools located in Marion

Library in Marion:

  • MCDOWELL COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $766,871; Location: 90 WEST COURT STREET; 106,758 books; 2,088 e-books; 5,029 audio materials; 5,994 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 56 state licensed databases; 204 print serial subscriptions)

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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Marion: Lady Marian Plaza (A), McDowell County Courthouse (B), Grandfather Ranger District Office (C), Marion City Hall (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Marion include: Central Church (A), Bethlehem Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Oak Grove Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: Historic Carson House (Museums; Hwy 70 W), Linville Caverns Inc (Recreation Areas; 19929 US221 North), Linaken Inc (165 Stockton Drive).

Hotels: Comfort Inn (178 US70 West), Comfort Inn Marion (178 Highway 70 West), Days Inn (4248 US221 South), Hampton Inn Marion (3560 US 221 South), Budget Inn (1814 North Main Street), Econo Lodge (2035 US221 North).

Birthplace of: Ron Jacobs (basketball) - Basketball coache, Roy Williams (coach) - Basketball player and coach, Pres Mull - Soilder, Barbara Loden - Film actor.

McDowell County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Marion and their reported violations in the past:

LAKE JAMES LANDING #2 (Population served: 660, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
RIVERSIDE FOOD MART (Population served: 500, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
ZION HILL BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 225, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 11 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
PROVIDENCE UMC (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 11 routine major monitoring violations
  • 3 regular monitoring violations
LAKE JAMES LANDING (Population served: 155, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
NEALSVILLE CHURCH OF GOD (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 5 regular monitoring violations
ROCKY PASS FWB CHRUCH (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
LUCKY STRIKE MINERS DINER (Population served: 137, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 7 routine major monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Marion that have no violations reported:

  • MARION TRAVEL PLAZA (Population served: 400, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • YOGI BEAR`S JELLYSTONE PRK REC AREA (Population served: 200, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • YOGI BEAR`S JELLYSTONE PARK (Population served: 200, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • NEW HORIZON FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (Population served: 125, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • WEST COURT NO 2 (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • FAITH MISSION BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 85, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • TRIPLE C CAMPGROUND (Population served: 75, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • FAIRVIEW FWB CHURCH (Population served: 75, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • MOUNTAIN STREAM RV PARK (Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.4 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

61.2%
Whole state:

66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.9%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Marion in 2010:

  • 785 people in state prisons
  • 197 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 114 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 84 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 41 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 15 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 5 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers

People in group quarters in Marion in 2000:

  • 99 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 50 people in nursing homes
  • 44 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 19 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 18 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 7 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse

Banks with branches in Marion (2011 data):

  • Fifth Third Bank: Marion Drive Thru at 5 South Logan Street, branch established on 1989/07/28; Marion Branch at 14 South Main Street, branch established on 1989/07/28. Info updated 2009/10/05: Bank assets: $114,540.4 mil, Deposits: $89,689.1 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1378 total offices, Holding Company: Fifth Third Bancorp
  • First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company: Marion Branch at 1570 North Main Street, branch established on 1969/11/10. Info updated 2011/10/11: Bank assets: $20,566.4 mil, Deposits: $17,596.8 mil, headquarters in Raleigh, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 433 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Marion Main Branch at 145 North Main Street, branch established on 1961/10/23. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Asheville Savings Bank, S.S.B.: Marion Branch at 162 North Main Street, branch established on 1904/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $785.8 mil, Deposits: $625.3 mil, headquarters in Asheville, NC, positive income, 13 total offices, Holding Company: Asb Bancorp, Inc.
  • Bank of America, National Association: Marion Main Branch at 100 North Main Street, branch established on 1964/02/28. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • Mountain 1st Bank & Trust Company: Marion Branch at 174 Highway 70 West, branch established on 2006/05/10. Info updated 2010/07/12: Bank assets: $700.0 mil, Deposits: $672.7 mil, headquarters in Hendersonville, NC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 12 total offices, Holding Company: 1st Financial Services Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Marion:

Marital status in Marion, NC
  • Never married: 31.2%
  • Now married: 40.6%
  • Separated: 5.7%
  • Widowed: 7.6%
  • Divorced: 15.0%

For population 25 years and over in Marion:

  • High school or higher: 75.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 13.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
  • Unemployed: 6.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.0
North Carolina average:

11.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Marion
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Marion, NC (based on McDowell County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant15,65478
Mainline Protestant2,40623
Catholic4601
Other4262
Black Protestant4203
None25,823-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 11
This county:

2.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 6
This county:

1.38 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 28
This county:

6.43 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 25
Here:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
McDowell County:

10.9%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

32.2%
State:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.2%
North Carolina:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

48.0%
North Carolina:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Marion:

43.0%
State:

44.6%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.6
North Carolina:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

21.9%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

12.3%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Marion:

32.6%
North Carolina:

33.6%

General health condition:
Marion:

52.7%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

76.2%
State:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Marion, NC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 21$75,892$43,3676$1,597
Water Supply 14$38,876$33,3221$651
Streets and Highways 12$29,714$29,7140$0
Other and Unallocable 10$16,481$19,7779$4,951
Sewerage 8$28,168$42,2520$0
Financial Administration 8$24,842$37,2631$744
Solid Waste Management 7$16,426$28,1590$0
Other Government Administration 5$22,663$54,3916$6,161
Firefighters 5$16,702$40,0858$1,373
Fire - Other 1$2,879$34,5480$0
Police - Other 1$2,422$29,0641$786
Judicial and Legal 0$0 1$400
Totals for Government 92$275,065$35,87833$16,663

Marion government finances - Expenditure in 2013 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $165,000 ($21.60)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $1,763,000 ($230.76)
    Police Protection: $1,637,000 ($214.27)
    Liquor Stores: $1,474,000 ($192.93)
    Sewerage: $904,000 ($118.32)
    Regular Highways: $824,000 ($107.85)
    Financial Administration: $711,000 ($93.06)
    Solid Waste Management: $489,000 ($64.01)
    Local Fire Protection: $483,000 ($63.22)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $213,000 ($27.88)
    Transit Utilities: $135,000 ($17.67)
    Parks and Recreation: $73,000 ($9.55)
    General - Other: $19,000 ($2.49)
    Health - Other: $3,000 ($0.39)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $38,000 ($4.97)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $7,000 ($0.92)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $176,000 ($23.04)
    Water Utilities: $151,000 ($19.76)
    Police Protection: $119,000 ($15.58)
    Parks and Recreation: $42,000 ($5.50)
    Solid Waste Management: $38,000 ($4.97)
    Local Fire Protection: $31,000 ($4.06)
    Transit Utilities: $25,000 ($3.27)
    Financial Administration: $24,000 ($3.14)
    Sewerage: $17,000 ($2.23)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $8,000 ($1.05)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $391,000 ($51.18)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $35,000 ($4.58)

Marion government finances - Revenue in 2013 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,120,000 ($146.60)
    Solid Waste Management: $158,000 ($20.68)
    Other: $40,000 ($5.24)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $25,000 ($3.27)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $52,000 ($6.81)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $388,000 ($50.79)
    Water Utilities: $52,000 ($6.81)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $83,000 ($10.86)
    Rents: $38,000 ($4.97)
    Interest Earnings: $14,000 ($1.83)
    Donations From Private Sources: $7,000 ($0.92)
    Sale of Property: $4,000 ($0.52)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $2,036,000 ($266.49)
    Liquor Stores: $1,579,000 ($206.68)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $694,000 ($90.84)
    Highways: $436,000 ($57.07)
    Water Utilities: $94,000 ($12.30)
    Other: $51,000 ($6.68)
  • Tax - Property: $2,147,000 ($281.02)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,131,000 ($148.04)
    Motor Vehicle License: $187,000 ($24.48)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $94,000 ($12.30)
    Other License: $65,000 ($8.51)

Marion government finances - Debt in 2013 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,355,000 ($308.25)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,971,000 ($257.98)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $384,000 ($50.26)

5.14% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($41,465 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.14%
North Carolina average:

7.88%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Buncombe County, NC  1.11% ($37,186 average AGI)
from Burke County, NC  0.78% ($29,336)
from Yancey County, NC  0.18% ($21,321)


4.73% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($38,020 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.73%
North Carolina average:

7.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Burke County, NC  0.87% ($31,415 average AGI)
to Buncombe County, NC  0.77% ($39,167)
to Rutherford County, NC  0.21% ($27,594)
Businesses in Marion, NC
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1McDonald's2
Advance Auto Parts1Nike1
AutoZone1Pizza Hut1
Burger King1Rite Aid1
CVS1SONIC Drive-In1
Chevrolet1Sears1
Comfort Inn1Subway3
Days Inn1Super 81
Domino's Pizza1Taco Bell1
FedEx4U-Haul4
H&R Block1U.S. Cellular1
Hilton1UPS4
KFC2Verizon Wireless2
Kincaid1Waffle House1
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
Lane Furniture1Wendy's1
Little Caesars Pizza1YMCA1
Lowe's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Marion:

  • WBRM (1250 AM; 5 kW; MARION, NC; Owner: WBRM, INC.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WWOL (780 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: HOLLY SPRINGS BAPTIST BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKJV (1380 AM; 25 kW; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST OUTREACH MISSIONS)
  • WCIS (760 AM; daytime; 4 kW; MORGANTON, NC; Owner: W.F.M. INCORPORATED)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WWRN (1350 AM; 10 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLACK MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WTOE (1470 AM; 5 kW; SPRUCE PINE, NC; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY MEDIA, INC.)
  • WKYK (940 AM; 5 kW; BURNSVILLE, NC; Owner: MARK MEDIA, INC.)
  • WBT (1110 AM; 50 kW; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATNS CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WJFJ (1160 AM; 10 kW; TRYON, NC; Owner: COLUMBUS BROADCAST CORPORATION, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Marion:

  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WQNQ (104.3 FM; OLD FORT, NC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WAGI-FM (105.3 FM; GAFFNEY, SC; Owner: GAFFNEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTPT (93.3 FM; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: UPSTATE BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WSPA-FM (98.9 FM; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WFBC-FM (93.7 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • W220CD (91.9 FM; ENKA, NC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WMYI (102.5 FM; HENDERSONVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WXBQ-FM (96.9 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WPJO (99.3 FM; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WESC-FM (92.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCQR-FM (88.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • W214AP (90.7 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Marion:

  • W43AU (Channel 43; MARION, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W08BJ (Channel 8; MARION, ETC., NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W06AI (Channel 6; MARION, NC; Owner: WYFF HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W10AP (Channel 10; MARION, ETC., NC; Owner: WLOS LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WBTV (Channel 3; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS/WBTV, INC.)
  • WCNC-TV (Channel 36; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: WCNC-TV, INC.)
  • WJZY (Channel 46; BELMONT, NC; Owner: WJZY-TV, INC.)
  • WWWB (Channel 55; ROCK HILL, SC; Owner: WWWB-TV, INC.)
  • WHNS (Channel 21; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • WUNE-TV (Channel 17; LINVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W28AO (Channel 28; SPRUCE PINE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
Marion fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Marion fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 116Number of bridges
  • 932ft / 284mTotal length
  • 793,030Total average daily traffic
  • 118,112Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,193,300Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic
New bridges in Marion, NC - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 41920-1929
  • 11930-1939
  • 451950-1959
  • 101960-1969
  • 81970-1979
  • 141980-1989
  • 81990-1999
  • 152000-2009
  • 112010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Marion, NC
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Marion)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 142 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Marion, NC)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 37 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 23 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 214 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Marion)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 32 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Marion)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 166
  • Hazardous Condition: 180
  • Service Call: 5
  • Good Intent Call: 11
Fire incident types in Marion, NC

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Marion, NC

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Marion, North Carolina:

  • Americas Best Value Inn, 4248 Hwy 221 S, Marion, North Carolina 28752 , Phone: (828) 659-2567, Fax: (828) 652-4334
  • Comfort Inn, 178 Hwy 70 W, Marion, North Carolina 28752 , Phone: (828) 652-4888, Fax: (828) 652-3787
  • Hampton Inn Marion, NC, 3560 US 221 S, Marion, North Carolina 28752 , Phone: (828) 652-5100, Fax: (828) 659-8203
All 3 fire-safe hotels and motels in Marion, North Carolina
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Marion, NC
  • 61.7%Electricity
  • 19.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 8.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 8.1%Utility gas
  • 1.0%Other fuel
  • 0.7%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Marion, NC
  • 76.8%Electricity
  • 19.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.4%Utility gas
  • 0.9%No fuel used
  • 0.8%Wood
  • 0.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Marion compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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