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Marion County, Indiana

Named in 1822 for Revolutionary War General Francis Marion

County Seat: Indianapolis

Largest City: Indianapolis (2017 population: 872,680)

Population per Square Mile: 2,397.38

Square Miles: 396.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)903,389113.9%6,484,192
Today (2017)950,082114.3%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*951,780113.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today5.2%11 2.8%

*Projection based on 2010 Census counts.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-3,52792 -976
Net International Migration3,2031 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)6,408128.4%22,545

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)69,37417.3%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)165,532117.4%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)88,55419.3%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)281,027129.6%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)228,637124.1%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)116,958112.3%15.4%
Median Age34.4  Median Age = 37.7

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone4,32510.5%0.4%
Asian Alone31,92713.4%2.4%
Black Alone272,167128.6%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone68010.1%0.1%
White613,539164.6%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups27,44412.9%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic850,162189.5%93.0%
Hispanic99,920110.5%7.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)365,4721100.0%100.0%
Married With Children52,010114.2%19.0%
Married Without Children79,615121.8%30.0%
Single Parents44,780112.3%9.7%
Living Alone129,347135.4%28.2%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

HousingNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2017 (estimate)423,3761100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)419,5141100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
195,824146.7%61.0%
Median Value (2016)$120,50033  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
169,648140.4%27.8%
Median Rent (2016)$64912  

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 177,400116.0%1,110,866
Public160,888115.3%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2016 ACS)608,059114.0%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher85.7%67 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree29%8 24.6%

Sources: Indiana Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Income and PovertyNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2016$48,2536112.0%43,097
Median Household Income in 201645,3008286.6%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 201618.9%4135.0%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1828.0%2146.6%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20171,394120.5%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 2017146,853122.4%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/2017104,858121.2%495,330

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Family Social Services Administration; Indiana Department of Education

Health and Vital StatisticsNumberRank of Percent of StateIndiana
Births, 201614,205117.1%83,063
Births to Teens, 20151,066118.1%5,876
Deaths, 20157,955112.7%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force482,568114.5%3,320,409
Employed465,230114.5%3,203,351
Unemployed17,338114.8%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate3.636102.9%3.5
May 2018 Unemployment Rate3.334103.1%3.2

Source: STATS Indiana, using data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2016 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work744,516100.0%$52,425,027100.0%$70,415
Wage and Salary641,96186.2%$35,178,04367.1%$54,798
Farm Proprietors1770.0%$6230.0%$3,520
Nonfarm Proprietors102,37813.8%$9,245,82617.6%$90,311
Farm3150.0%$5,2670.0%$16,721
Nonfarm744,201100.0%$52,419,760100.0%$70,438
Private660,59288.7%$46,511,83288.7%$70,409
  Accommodation, Food Serv.52,7527.1%$1,345,1722.6%$25,500
  Arts, Ent., Recreation13,9751.9%$685,9021.3%$49,081
  Construction35,1544.7%$2,413,4124.6%$68,653
  Health Care, Social Serv.97,52113.1%$7,201,60413.7%$73,847
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing55,3897.4%$6,027,76311.5%$108,826
  Professional, Tech. Serv.53,2937.2%$4,862,8379.3%$91,247
  Retail Trade60,2018.1%$2,729,4245.2%$45,339
  Trans., Warehousing45,2796.1%$2,368,9134.5%$52,318
  Wholesale Trade32,3304.3%$2,736,7625.2%$84,651
  Other Private (not above)201,773*27.1%*$14,984,150*28.6%*$74,262*
Government83,60911.2%$5,907,92811.3%$70,661

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
* These totals do not include county data that are not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.

Residential Building Permits, 2017UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed1,632100.0%100.0%$361,223$4,583,500
Single-Family98760.5%74.2%$254,181$4,038,599
2-Family362.2%2.0%5,294$62,844
3- and 4-Family30.2%0.4%$650$13,000
5+ Family60637.1%23.4%$101,098$469,056

Notes: Detail cost may not sum to total due to rounding. Greene County does not currently issue building permits, so it is excluded.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Largest Cities and Towns in Marion County

NamePopulation
in 2017
Percent of County
Beech Grove14,7951.6%
Clermont1,4230.1%
Crows Nest780.0%
Cumberland2,7330.3%*
Homecroft7500.1%
Indianapolis863,00290.8%
Lawrence48,7045.1%
Meridian Hills1,6940.2%
North Crows Nest470.0%
Rocky Ripple6330.1%
Southport1,7630.2%
Speedway12,1401.3%
Spring Hill1030.0%
Warren Park1,5520.2%
Williams Creek4230.0%
Wynnedale2420.0%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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