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Marion County, Indiana

Named in 1822 for Revolutionary War General Francis Marion

County Seat: Indianapolis

Largest City: Indianapolis (2014 population: 858,325)

Population per Square Mile: 2,357.41

Square Miles: 396.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)903,393113.9%6,483,797
Today (2014)934,243114.2%6,596,855
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*951,780113.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today3.4%10 1.7%

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

Components of Population Change, 2013-2014NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-3,74692 -7,506
Net International Migration2,9191 12,513
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)6,948128.9%24,062

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2014NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)70,54417.6%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)162,452117.4%17.6%
College Age (18 to 24)91,36619.8%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)273,704129.3%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)230,734124.7%26.3%
Seniors (65 and older)105,443111.3%14.3%
Median Age34.3  Median Age = 37.5

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2014NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone4,72110.5%0.4%
Asian Alone24,38812.6%2.0%
Black Alone259,558127.8%9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone63610.1%0.1%
White619,771166.3%86.1%
Two or More Race Groups25,16912.7%1.9%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic842,471190.2%93.4%
Hispanic91,77219.8%6.6%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2014 (Includes detail not shown below)361,6481100.0%100.0%
Married With Children53,683114.8%19.4%
Married Without Children80,140122.2%30.1%
Single Parents47,405113.1%9.9%
Living Alone122,538133.9%27.8%

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 2014 (estimate)419,3501100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2014 (includes vacant units)418,7471100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
199,813147.7%61.6%
Median Value (2014)$117,40034  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
161,835138.6%27.1%
Median Rent (2014)$63411  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2014/2015 Total Reported) 175,337115.5%1,130,285
Public154,373114.8%1,045,779
Adults (25+ in 2014 ACS)596,981113.9%4,287,819
with High School diploma or higher84.9%67 87.6%
with B.A. or higher degree27.7%7 23.6%

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 2014$40,07421101.3%39,578
Median Household Income in 201442,7007686.5%$49,384
Poverty Rate in 201421.3%4140.1%15.2%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1831.4%2148.1%21.2%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20142,315124.4%9,498
Food Stamp Recipients in 2014198,094122.6%878,155
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2014103,376120.1%514,128

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, 201314,287117.2%83,115
Births to Teens, 20131,200117.6%6,810
Deaths, 20137,617112.6%60,445

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2014NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force468,845114.5%3,230,540
Employed438,483114.4%3,035,581
Unemployed30,362115.6%194,959
Annual Unemployment Rate6.532108.3%6.0
December 2015 Unemployment Rate4.54697.8%4.6

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2014 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work680,355100.0%$43,525,561100.0%$63,975
Wage and Salary624,76591.8%$32,530,76574.7%$52,069
Farm Proprietors1790.0%$5,0130.0%$28,006
Nonfarm Proprietors55,4118.1%$3,494,9638.0%$63,073
Farm3300.0%$10,7220.0%$32,491
Nonfarm680,025100.0%$43,514,839100.0%$63,990
Private596,73587.7%$38,013,70287.3%$63,703
  Accommodation, Food Serv.50,0747.4%$1,169,7882.7%$23,361
  Arts, Ent., Recreation11,5711.7%$661,2431.5%$57,147
  Construction31,2984.6%$2,446,6515.6%$78,173
  Health Care, Social Serv.89,13413.1%$6,223,48614.3%$69,822
  Information12,8101.9%$1,116,8412.6%$87,185
  Manufacturing55,8338.2%$6,280,71014.4%$112,491
  Professional, Tech. Serv.44,2566.5%$4,031,5879.3%$91,097
  Retail Trade55,8978.2%$2,078,9234.8%$37,192
  Trans., Warehousing42,3436.2%$2,249,8835.2%$53,135
  Wholesale Trade29,8994.4%$2,473,6245.7%$82,733
  Other Private (not above)173,62025.5%$9,280,96621.3%$53,456
Government83,29012.2%$5,501,13712.6%$66,048

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Residential Building Permits, 2014UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed1,195100.0%100.0%$177,765$3,222,176
Single-Family64153.6%68.1%$139,526$2,748,532
2-Family363.0%2.0%5,348$40,304
3- and 4-Family151.3%1.1%$928$18,185
5+ Family50342.1%28.7%$31,962$415,155

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 2014
Percent of County
Beech Grove14,5141.6%
Clermont1,4020.2%
Crows Nest750.0%
Cumberland2,6870.3%*
Homecroft7400.1%
Indianapolis848,78890.9%
Lawrence47,5505.1%
Meridian Hills1,6730.2%
North Crows Nest460.0%
Rocky Ripple6250.1%
Southport1,7530.2%
Speedway12,1011.3%
Spring Hill1010.0%
Warren Park1,5310.2%
Williams Creek4190.0%
Wynnedale2380.0%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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