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Marion County, Indiana

Named in 1822 for Revolutionary War General Francis Marion

County Seat: Indianapolis

Largest City: Indianapolis (2019 population: 886,220)

Population per Square Mile: 2,433.97

Square Miles: 396.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)903,375113.9%6,484,192
Today (2019)964,582114.3%6,732,219
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*993,289113.9%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today6.8%10 3.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2018-2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-4,86692 3,997
Net International Migration4,7591 14,379
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)6,013132.4%18,536

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2019NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)69,64617.2%6.2%
School Age (5 to 17)167,271117.3%17.1%
College Age (18 to 24)90,37619.4%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)288,725129.9%25.5%
Older Adult (45 to 64)224,344123.3%25.2%
Seniors (65 and older)124,220112.9%16.1%
Median Age34.4  Median Age = 37.9

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2019NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone4,32110.4%0.4%
Asian Alone36,90613.8%2.6%
Black Alone280,667129.1%9.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone59610.1%0.1%
White612,791163.5%84.8%
Two or More Race Groups29,30113.0%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic859,520189.1%92.7%
Hispanic105,062110.9%7.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2018 (Includes detail not shown below)369,0331100.0%100.0%
Married With Children50,259113.6%18.6%
Married Without Children79,304121.5%29.9%
Single Parents43,019111.7%9.5%
Living Alone135,458136.7%28.5%

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 2019 (estimate)426,0241100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2018 (includes vacant units)422,1351100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
199,179147.2%61.3%
Median Value (2018)$129,20032  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
169,854140.2%27.6%
Median Rent (2018)$69311  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2019/2020 Total Reported) 174,928115.7%1,111,333
Public159,504115.2%1,050,614
Adults (25+ in 2018 ACS)621,033114.1%4,399,815
with High School diploma or higher85.7%70 88.6%
with B.A. or higher degree30.4%8 25.9%

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 2018$51,9407110.2%47,149
Median Household Income in 201848,4097686.9%$55,725
Poverty Rate in 201817.2%7132.3%13.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1824.5%8140.0%17.5%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20191,020119.5%5,235
Food Stamp Recipients in 2019129,001122.2%581,821
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/2020106,053120.9%507,739

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, 201714,331117.4%82,170
Births to Teens, 2017923117.9%5,152
Deaths, 20178,439112.9%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force492,967114.6%3,387,366
Employed476,851114.6%3,275,056
Unemployed16,116114.3%112,310
Annual Unemployment Rate3.335100.0%3.3
June 2020 Unemployment Rate12.314109.8%11.2

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2018 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work764,738100.0%$56,637,964100.0%$74,062
Wage and Salary652,10785.3%$38,098,13667.3%$58,423
Farm Proprietors1710.0%$20,0400.0%$117,193
Nonfarm Proprietors112,46014.7%$10,278,90218.1%$91,401
Farm3640.0%$26,1460.0%$71,830
Nonfarm764,374100.0%$56,611,818100.0%$74,063
Private679,63588.9%$50,464,55189.1%$74,252
  Accommodation, Food Serv.52,2606.8%$1,370,2522.4%$26,220
  Arts, Ent., Recreation15,2092.0%$755,9191.3%$49,702
  Construction38,7745.1%$2,804,5375.0%$72,330
  Health Care, Social Serv.102,78713.4%$8,064,63914.2%$78,460
  Information11,2441.5%$1,027,8411.8%$91,412
  Manufacturing54,5587.1%$6,470,39311.4%$118,597
  Professional, Tech. Serv.55,2807.2%$5,432,0039.6%$98,263
  Retail Trade56,9427.4%$2,629,9274.6%$46,186
  Trans., Warehousing53,1727.0%$2,608,9674.6%$49,067
  Wholesale Trade31,3804.1%$2,841,9035.0%$90,564
  Other Private (not above)208,02927.2%$16,458,17029.1%$79,115
Government84,73911.1%$6,147,26710.9%$72,544

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Residential Building Permits, 2019UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed2,508100.0%100.0%$518,650$4,988,366
Single-Family1,23449.2%73.1%$324,994$4,298,385
2-Family261.0%1.6%3,842$48,202
3- and 4-Family311.2%0.7%$6,629$26,551
5+ Family1,21748.5%24.6%$183,185$615,228

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 2019
Percent of County
Beech Grove14,9371.5%
Clermont1,4630.2%
Crows Nest750.0%
Cumberland2,7680.3%*
Homecroft7630.1%
Indianapolis876,38490.9%
Lawrence49,4625.1%
Meridian Hills1,7150.2%
North Crows Nest470.0%
Rocky Ripple6520.1%
Southport1,7700.2%
Speedway12,1931.3%
Spring Hill1060.0%
Warren Park1,5720.2%
Williams Creek4270.0%
Wynnedale2480.0%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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