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Overview

Introduction to Marion, Illinois

Marion, Illinois, in Williamson county, is 77 miles W of Evansville, Indiana and 96 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri.

Marion History

Marion was platted in 1839 with the purpose of making it the county seat of the newly-created Williamson County. It was named after Gen. Francis Marion, who was a Revolutionary War hero. Marion was the scene of a great disaster in May 1982, when it was hit by one of the most destructive tornadoes in the history of Illinois.

Marion and nearby Attractions

  • Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
  • Ferne Clyffe State Park
  • Giant City State Park
  • Bald Knob Cross
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Marion

Marion attracts a healthy number of tourists through the year. It offers varied and excellent shopping and dining opportunities. Due to its location, Marion plays the role of a hub city. Tourists frequently use the city as a base, as its proximity to many popular locations allows them to make day trips to scenic attractions, historic sites, parks, environmental areas and wineries in the neighboring areas.

Marion Transportation

Williamson County Regional Airport is nearby.

Marion Higher Education

John A. Logan College, Southern Illinois University and Southeast Missouri State University provide opportunities for higher education.

People

Total Population 17,588
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 19.9%
Employed Population 16+ 7,549
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 51.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.9%
Median Earnings25+ $32,102
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,641
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,813

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,406
% Above Poverty Level 81.8%
% Below Poverty Level 18.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.6%
Median Gross Rent $654
Median House Value $104,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.6%
Irish 12.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Marion Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 77 miles W of Evansville, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Williamson
Standard Zip Codes 62959
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.73
Longitude -88.933

Marion Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MARION 4 NNE
Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station CARBONDALE SEWAGE PLANT
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station DU QUOIN 4 SE
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 40 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carterville 5,691 $62,566
Crainville 1,287 $72,167
Creal Springs 446 $39,679
Energy 1,215 $64,531
Herrin 12,797 $50,583

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Marion Public Libraries

Library
Crab Orchard P.l.d.
19229 BAILEY ST.
Marion, Illinois
(618) 982-2141
Marion Carnegie Library
206 S. MARKET ST.
Marion, Illinois
(618) 993-5935

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Marion Hospitals

HEARTLAND REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
3333 W DE YOUNG
(618) 998-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Marion High Schools

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MARION HIGH SCHOOL
1501 S CARBON ST
618-993-8196
A Title I School.
Serves 1,216 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

CRAB ORCHARD HIGH SCHOOL
19189 CORY BAILEY RD
618-982-2181
Serves 120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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