Introduction to Marion, Iowa

Marion, Iowa, in Linn county, is located 3 miles NE of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (center to center) and is 200 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is considered part of the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area. Marion has a population of 26,294 residents.

Marion History

Marion was incorporated in 1839. It is located in Linn County, which was founded in January 1839. The city became the county seat of Linn County in the same year. Later in 1919, the county seat was moved to Cedar Rapids. Marion is named in honor of Francis Marion, a Revolutionary War hero.

Marion and nearby Attractions

  • Granger House Museum
  • Marion Heritage Center
  • Palisades - Kepler State Park
  • Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
  • Lake MacBride State Park
  • Pinicon Ridge County Park

Things To Do In Marion

While in Marion, tourists can visit the Museum of Amana History and the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. Curtis Hill Indian Museum has a huge collections of Indian artifacts. You can also visit the historic site of Brucemore. Art enthusiasts can visit the Campbell Steele Art Gallery. The Squaw Creek Park and the Wapsipinicon State Park are also worth a look. Those interested in shopping can visit the East End Shopping Center and the Marion Heights Shopping Center. Each year, Marion celebrates the Arts Festival in the month of May.

Marion Transportation

Flights can be availed from the Quad City International Airport.

Marion Higher Education

The University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College, University of Northern Iowa, Upper Iowa University, and a few other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 36,311
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 18,843
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 54.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $78,849
% Above Poverty Level 93.4%
% Below Poverty Level 6.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 28.5%
Median Gross Rent $659
Median House Value $148,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.1%
US/American 0%
English 11.4%
Irish 16.1%

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

Marion Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 200 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Linn
Metro Area Cedar Rapids
Standard Zip Codes 52302
Phone Area Codes 319
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.034
Longitude -91.597

Marion Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.6 inches
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches
Station VINTON
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 26 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Marion, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Indian Creek (52302)

Midway (52302)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alburnett 607 $79,432
Cedar Rapids 128,829 $71,979
Ely 1,994 $105,000
Hiawatha 7,150 $62,527

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

Marion Public Libraries

Marion Public Library
1095 6TH AVE.
Marion, Iowa
(319) 377-3412
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Marion High Schools

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3111 N 10TH ST
Serves 1,289 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

675 S 15TH ST
Serves 606 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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