Marion, North Carolina Population 2024

7,404

Marion is a city located in McDowell County North Carolina. Marion has a 2024 population of 7,404. It is also the county seat of McDowell County.Marion is currently declining at a rate of -0.59% annually and its population has decreased by -3.98% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 7,711 in 2020.

The average household income in Marion is $60,007 with a poverty rate of 21.77%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Marion is 39.4 years, 35.6 years for males, and 44.8 years for females.

Marion Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Marion was:

  • White: 67.89%
  • Black or African American: 11.63%
  • Two or more races: 9.36%
  • Other race: 4.68%
  • Asian: 4.6%
  • Native American: 1.84%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
5.9 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,264.40/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-3.98% (-307)
The current population of Marion, North Carolina is 7,404 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 7,711.

Marion, North Carolina Population 2024

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Marion Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White5,19567.89%
Black or African American89011.63%
Two or more races7169.36%
Other race3584.68%
Asian3524.6%
Native American1411.84%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Marion Population by Race

Marion Population Pyramid 2024

Marion Median Age

39.4

Total

35.6

Male

44.8

Female

Marion Adults

There are 6,324 adults, (1,310 of whom are seniors) in Marion.

Marion Age Dependency

52.6

Age Dependency Ratio

26.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

26.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Marion Sex Ratio

Female3,41344.6%
Male4,23955.4%

Marion Population by Age

Marion Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All2,8002.3350.349.7
Married1,1783.0562.637.4
Non Family9131.0334.865.2
Female5472.7842.257.8
Male1622.975.324.7
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2.84

Average Family Size

2.33

Average Household Size

50.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Marion Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Marion Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Marion Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 50.58%.

Marion Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$32,424

Average Earnings

$36,959

Average Male

$31,197

Average Female

Marion Earnings by Educational Attainment

Marion Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Marion Language

77.49% of Marion residents speak only English, while 22.51% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 17.32% of the population.

Marion Language

Marion Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White4,16968316.38%
Hispanic1,35158243.08%
Multiple67948972.02%
Other35811030.73%
Black4529019.91%
Native8067.5%
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21.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.38%

Male Poverty Rate

24.1%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Marion

The race most likely to be in poverty in Marion is Multiple, with 72.02% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Marion is Native, with 7.5% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.03%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.19%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.62%.

Marion Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade41.38%
High School21.01%
Some College8.14%
Bachelors or Greater6.2%
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Marion Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed75.22%
Male Employed13.5%
Female Employed7.57%
Female Unemployed
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Marion Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Marion Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Marion Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

39.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.4%

Male Marriage Rate

44.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Marion Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Marion Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Marion Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marion Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

256

Number of Veterans

248

Male Veterans

8

Female Veterans

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Marion Veterans by War

count

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Marion Veterans by Age

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Marion Veterans by Race

Marion Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

15.52%

Veteran Poverty Rate

50.86%

Veteran Disability Rate

Marion Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

43.2%

Labor Force Participation

39.1%

Employment Rate

9.5%

Unemployment Rate

Marion Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Marion Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Marion Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

69.63%

Born in Marion

85.42%

Native Born

14.58%

Foreign Born

10.7%

Non Citizen

3.88%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

85.42% of Marion residents were born in the United States, with 69.63% having been born in North Carolina. 10.7% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Marion Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20297,184-44-0.61%
20287,228-44-0.61%
20277,272-44-0.6%
20267,316-44-0.6%
20257,360-44-0.59%
20247,404-44-0.59%
20237,448-44-0.59%
20227,492-44-0.58%
20217,536-175-2.27%
20207,711-205-2.59%
20197,916290.37%
20187,887500.64%
20177,8371321.71%
20167,705-90-1.15%
20157,795-161-2.02%
20147,956-49-0.61%
20138,005-48-0.6%
20128,053-54-0.67%
20118,107-52-0.64%
20108,1593,21665.06%
20004,9431783.74%
19904,7651,08129.34%
19803,68434910.46%
19703,335-10-0.3%
19603,34560522.08%
19502,740-149-5.16%
19402,889
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Marion Population by Year