West Marion, North Carolina

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Population in 2010: 1,348.
Population change since 2000: -13.4%
Males: 560  (41.5%)
Females: 788  (58.5%)
Median resident age:

39.7 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years

Zip codes: 28752.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $40,769 (it was $26,151 in 2000)
West Marion:

$40,769
NC:

$52,752

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $21,717 (it was $15,087 in 2000)

West Marion CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $113,035 (it was $61,300 in 2000)
West Marion:

$113,035
NC:

$171,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $133,850; detached houses: $152,695; townhouses or other attached units: $131,800; mobile homes: $62,829

Median gross rent in 2017: $700.

March 2019 cost of living index in West Marion: 80.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 11.8%
(11.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.7% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in West Marion, NC (2010)
    • 1,23091.2%White alone
    • 604.5%Black alone
    • 443.3%Hispanic
    • 70.5%Asian alone
    • 70.5%Two or more races

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

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Ancestries: English (25.9%), American (18.6%), German (16.3%), Irish (11.8%), Scotch-Irish (3.5%), Scottish (3.5%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 1440 feet

Land area: 1.87 square miles.

Population density: 720 people per square mile   (low).

West Marion, North Carolina map

54 residents are foreign born (3.1% Latin America).

This place:

3.5%
North Carolina:

5.3%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
West Marion CDP:

0.5% ($329)
North Carolina:

0.9% ($826)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Asheville, NC (30.6 miles , pop. 68,889).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (74.1 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (480.6 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Marion, NC (1.4 miles ),
Old Fort, NC (3.0 miles ),
Glen Alpine, NC (3.8 miles ),
Montreat, NC (4.0 miles ),
Black Mountain, NC (4.2 miles ),
Lake Lure, NC (4.2 miles ),
Spruce Pine, NC (4.2 miles ),
Salem, NC (4.3 miles )

Latitude: 35.66 N, Longitude: 82.02 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 828

Distribution of median household income in West Marion, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in West Marion, NC in 2017
West Marion satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.9%
North Carolina:

4.1%
Most common industries in West Marion, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Textile mills & textile products (10.3%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (8.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.3%)
  • Health care (8.3%)
  • Construction (7.6%)
  • Educational services (6.4%)
  • Chemicals (5.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (12.8%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (11.3%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (11.1%)
  • Public administration (6.1%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (4.9%)
  • Educational services (4.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (13.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (12.6%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (9.6%)
  • Educational services (8.1%)
  • Chemicals (7.6%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (6.3%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.6%)
Most common occupations in West Marion, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (11.2%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5.5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.1%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.1%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.6%)
  • Woodworkers (3.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (7.9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7.1%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (4.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (13.9%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (9.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.3%)
  • Cashiers (6.1%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.3%)
  • Woodworkers (4.8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.5%)

Average climate in West Marion, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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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 37.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 13.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

37.9
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 2.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.84
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

West Marion-area historical tornado activity is slightly below North Carolina state average. It is 34% 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 West Marion place 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 30.5 miles away from the place center killed 2 people and injured 35 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

West 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 126.4 miles away from the city 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 205.7 miles away from West Marion center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 109.4 miles away from West Marion 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 219.5 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 103.6 miles away from West Marion center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 106.7 miles away from West 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).
West Marion topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near West Marion:

  • HOSPICE OF MCDOWELL CO, INC (Hospital, about 3 miles away; MARION, NC)
  • MOUNTAIN RIDGE WELLNESS CTR (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to West Marion:

  • Western Piedmont Community College (about 20 miles; Morganton, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,205)
  • Isothermal Community College (about 24 miles; Spindale, NC; FT enrollment: 2,165)
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (about 31 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 6,992)
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville (about 31 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 3,312)
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (about 34 miles; Hudson, NC; FT enrollment: 3,636)
  • Gardner-Webb University (about 35 miles; Boiling Springs, NC; FT enrollment: 4,241)
  • Cleveland Community College (about 40 miles; Shelby, NC; FT enrollment: 2,541)

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Church in West Marion: Ashworth Road Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

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

2.3 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

64.8%
Whole state:

66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

6.4%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

For population 15 years and over in West Marion:

Marital status in West Marion, NC
  • Never married: 17.5%
  • Now married: 43.1%
  • Separated: 2.3%
  • Widowed: 12.2%
  • Divorced: 25.0%

For population 25 years and over in West Marion:

  • High school or higher: 87.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.2%
  • Unemployed: 2.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.4
North Carolina average:

11.9

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for West 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
McDowell County:

2.53 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

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

1.38 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

6.43 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

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

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.9%
State:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
McDowell County:

32.2%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.2%
State:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
West Marion:

46.0%
State:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
West Marion:

40.2%
North Carolina:

44.6%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.9
North Carolina:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

26.4%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

11.2%
State:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

33.5%
State:

33.6%

General health condition:
West Marion:

51.4%
State:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
West Marion:

76.3%
North Carolina:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of West Marion, NC Residents

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)

Strongest AM radio stations in West Marion:

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

Strongest FM radio stations in West 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)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WSPA-FM (98.9 FM; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WFBC-FM (93.7 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WMYI (102.5 FM; HENDERSONVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W220CD (91.9 FM; ENKA, NC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WESC-FM (92.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • 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.)
  • WCQR-FM (88.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • W237AR (95.3 FM; HAZELWOOD, ETC., NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WCQS (88.1 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)

TV broadcast stations around West Marion:

  • W43AU (Channel 43; MARION, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W10AP (Channel 10; MARION, ETC., NC; Owner: WLOS LICENSEE, LLC)
  • 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.)
  • 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)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 12Number of bridges
  • 95ft / 28.8mTotal length
  • 74,120Total average daily traffic
  • 13,723Total average daily truck traffic
  • 41,240Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic
New bridges in West Marion, NC - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 61950-1959
  • 21970-1979
  • 32000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for West Marion, NC
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in West Marion, NC
  • 52.7%Electricity
  • 26.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 8.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 8.9%Wood
  • 2.7%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in West Marion, NC
  • 83.9%Electricity
  • 9.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.4%No fuel used


West Marion compared to North Carolina state average:

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