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Marion County, Indiana

Named in 1822 for Revolutionary War General Francis Marion

County Seat: Indianapolis

Largest City: Indianapolis (2016 population: 864,771)

Population per Square Mile: 2,375.04

Square Miles: 396.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)903,389113.9%6,484,136
Today (2016)941,229114.2%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*951,780113.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today4.2%13 2.3%

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

Components of Population Change, 2015-2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-6,17692 -12,135
Net International Migration3,0331 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)6,418128.7%22,358

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2015NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)70,31617.5%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)163,904117.5%17.5%
College Age (18 to 24)89,76119.6%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)276,022129.4%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)230,957124.6%26.2%
Seniors (65 and older)108,060111.5%14.6%
Median Age34.3  Median Age = 37.5

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2015NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone4,67610.5%0.4%
Asian Alone26,67312.8%2.1%
Black Alone262,846128.0%9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone60910.1%0.1%
White618,251165.8%85.8%
Two or More Race Groups25,96512.8%1.9%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic845,586190.0%93.3%
Hispanic93,434110.0%6.7%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2015 (Includes detail not shown below)363,5581100.0%100.0%
Married With Children52,429114.4%19.2%
Married Without Children79,468121.9%30.0%
Single Parents46,946112.9%9.8%
Living Alone126,944134.9%28.0%

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 2016 (estimate)420,8711100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2015 (includes vacant units)417,4661100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
197,290147.3%61.9%
Median Value (2015)$118,30034  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
166,268139.8%27.8%
Median Rent (2015)$63612  

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 2015 ACS)603,299114.0%4,316,273
with High School diploma or higher85%73 87.8%
with B.A. or higher degree28.3%8 24.1%

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 2015$47,5086113.3%41,940
Median Household Income in 201541,4078582.0%$50,510
Poverty Rate in 201520.6%3143.1%14.4%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1831.0%2152.0%20.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20161,550120.6%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 2016159,771122.1%722,928
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, 201514,432117.2%84,008
Births to Teens, 20151,066118.1%5,876
Deaths, 20157,955112.7%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force483,993114.5%3,326,893
Employed462,513114.5%3,179,806
Unemployed21,480114.6%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate4.445100.0%4.4
April 2017 Unemployment Rate2.835103.7%2.7

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2015 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work733,201100.0%$50,849,909100.0%$69,353
Wage and Salary632,03186.2%$33,885,35766.6%$53,613
Farm Proprietors1770.0%$1,3850.0%$7,825
Nonfarm Proprietors100,99313.8%$9,530,42018.7%$94,367
Farm3140.0%$6,1750.0%$19,666
Nonfarm732,887100.0%$50,843,734100.0%$69,375
Private649,31088.6%$45,087,66488.7%$69,439
  Accommodation, Food Serv.52,7687.2%$1,304,5232.6%$24,722
  Arts, Ent., Recreation13,9231.9%$675,4321.3%$48,512
  Construction34,7204.7%$2,330,8094.6%$67,132
  Health Care, Social Serv.93,84912.8%$6,702,33813.2%$71,416
  Information13,4771.8%$1,120,4012.2%$83,134
  Manufacturing56,0587.6%$6,140,20712.1%$109,533
  Professional, Tech. Serv.50,7966.9%$4,560,5229.0%$89,781
  Retail Trade59,7438.1%$2,650,5695.2%$44,366
  Trans., Warehousing43,3255.9%$2,265,4084.5%$52,289
  Wholesale Trade31,2894.3%$2,624,5575.2%$83,881
  Other Private (not above)199,36227.2%$14,712,89828.9%$73,800
Government83,57711.4%$5,756,07011.3%$68,871

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Residential Building Permits, 2015UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed1,846100.0%100.0%$558,371$3,737,044
Single-Family81344.0%68.4%$193,348$2,929,210
2-Family301.6%2.8%7,159$54,124
3- and 4-Family241.3%1.6%$2,611$31,656
5+ Family97953.0%27.2%$355,253$722,054

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 2016
Percent of County
Beech Grove14,7401.6%
Clermont1,4090.1%
Crows Nest750.0%
Cumberland2,7120.3%*
Homecroft7450.1%
Indianapolis855,16490.9%
Lawrence47,8665.1%
Meridian Hills1,6860.2%
North Crows Nest470.0%
Rocky Ripple6290.1%
Southport1,7500.2%
Speedway12,1021.3%
Spring Hill1010.0%
Warren Park1,5430.2%
Williams Creek4210.0%
Wynnedale2390.0%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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