Introduction to Marlin, Texas

Marlin, Texas, in Falls county, is 22 miles SE of Waco, Texas (center to center) and 87 miles NE of Austin, Texas .

Marlin History

This region was established in 1834 by Sterling Clack Robertson at the site of Sarahville de Viesca. The town was named in the memory of pioneer and patriot John Marlin. Later his son-in-law, Samuel A. Blain, plotted the city, and a church and school were built. Marlin was incorporated in 1867; this milestone was followed by the completion of the Houston and Texas Central Railway in 1871. Over the years Marlin became famous as a tourist spot complete with hotels, banks and post offices.

Marlin and Nearby Attractions

  • Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
  • Cameron Park Zoo
  • Mayborn Museum
  • Texas Ranger Hall of Fame
  • Fort Parker State Park

Things To Do In Marlin

The Earle-Harrison House & Gardens is a historic site with a Greek style mansion built in the mid-19th century. Mayborn Museum and Taylor Museum of Waco History have exhibits of historic and scientific interest. Other places of interest nearby are Fairfield Lake State Park, Fort Parker State Park, Mother Neff State Park, and Lake Whitney State Park where visitors may go camping, boating, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, and hiking.

Marlin Transportation

Air transportation is available from Waco Regional Airport.

Marlin Higher Education

Baylor University, McLennan Community College and Paul Quinn College are some of the colleges near Marlin.



Total Population5,804
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens16.8%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population40


% of people married33.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher9.8%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$35,432
% Above Poverty Level64.1%
% Below Poverty Level35.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation2.4%


People Living Alone48.2%
Median Gross Rent$540
Median House Value$49,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)66.3%
French Except Basque2.5%
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Marlin Almanac

Nearest Medium City 22 miles SE of Waco, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City87 miles NE of Austin, Texas
County Falls County
Standard Zip Codes76661
Phone Area Codes254
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Marlin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

StationMARLIN 3 NE
Distance3.4 miles
Jan Temp37 to 61 F
Apr Temp56 to 79 F
Jul Temp73 to 95 F
Oct Temp57 to 82 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches
Distance27.7 miles
Jan Temp33 to 57 F
Apr Temp53 to 78 F
Jul Temp74 to 96 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip36.2 inches
Distance30.9 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp53 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 96 F
Oct Temp56 to 79 F
Annual Precip34.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Mcclanahan (76661)

Rocky Hill (76661)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Marlin Public Libraries

Pauline And Jane Chilton Memorial Marlin Public Library
400 OAKS ST MARLIN, TX 76661 (31.309724, -96.894477)
Marlin, Texas
(254) 883-6602

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Marlin Hospitals

Falls Community Hospital And Clinic
322 Coleman Street
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Marlin Public Schools

Marlin El
602 Donohoo
(254) 883-3232
Total Enrollment 572
Marlin H S
1400 Capps St
(254) 883-2394
Total Enrollment 281
Marlin Ms
678 Success Dr
(254) 883-9241
Total Enrollment 219
Fec The Learning Center
217 Kendrick St
(254) 883-3964
Total Enrollment 8
Fec Aep
217 Kendrick St
(254) 803-2152
Marlin Alternative Education Program
130 Coleman St
(254) 896-6411
Rosebud-lott Daep
213 Green St
(254) 583-7967
Total Enrollment 4
Rosebud-lott Learning Center
213 Green St
(254) 583-7967
Total Enrollment 1
Marlin Daep
213 Green St
(254) 803-2152
Rosebud-lott Academy
213 Green St
(254) 583-7967
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