Introduction to Marion, Massachusetts

Marion, Massachusetts, in Plymouth county, is 9 miles NE of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center) and 48 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts.

Marion History

The town of Marion, which was first settled in 1679, was known as Sippican after the name of a local river. The area was originally inhabited by the Wampanoag Indians. The harbor at the center of the town is also named after the Native American tribe. Marion was officially incorporated in 1852. The town was named in the honor of Francis Marion, a Revolutionary war hero. Located in Buzzards Bay, Marion’s industries rely on its waters for both fishing and tourism.

Marion and nearby Attractions

  • Water Wizz Amusement Park
  • Pepperidge Farm Incorporated
  • Captain John Kendrick Maritime Museum
  • The Cataumet Arts Center
  • Porter Thermometer Museum
  • Fort Taber Park

Things To Do In Marion

Marion offers ample recreational opportunities for visitors. People may go to the Fairhaven Recreation Complex or Water Wizz Amusement Park for an outing with kids and family. Parks such as Cushman Park, Cataumet Playground, and Fort Taber Park offer outdoor activities like fishing, boating, hiking, and picnicking. Those interested in history may visit museums like Porter Thermometer Museum and Captain John Kendrick Maritime Museum. The Myles Standish State Forest offers visitors a great experience of the area’s flora and fauna.

Marion Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Theodore Francis Green State International Airport.

Marion Higher Education

Colleges near Marion include University of Dartmouth- Dartmouth, Bridgewater State College, Bristol Community College and Massasoit Community College.


Total Population 4,979
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 25.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,126
Age of the Population 48


% of people married 60.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 50.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $94,412
% Above Poverty Level 94.5%
% Below Poverty Level 5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2%


People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $972
Median House Value $468,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.3%
US/American 0.9%
English 18.9%
Irish 27.2%

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

Marion Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles NE of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 48 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Standard Zip Codes 02738
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.7
Longitude -70.763

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 6.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 54 F
Jul Temp 64 to 80 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 9.8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Distance 19.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 63 F
Annual Precip 51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Acushnet 10,374 $85,895
Bourne 1,202 $74,688
Fairhaven 16,027 $76,794
Mattapoisett 6,176 $99,044
Rochester 5,385 $107,625
Wareham 22,360 $71,738

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

Marion Public Libraries

Elizabeth Taber Memorial Library
Marion, Massachusetts
(508) 748-1252

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