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Marion County, Indiana

Named in 1822 for Revolutionary War General Francis Marion

County Seat: Indianapolis

Largest City: Indianapolis (2020 population: 887,756)

Population per Square Mile: 2,438.01

Square Miles: 396.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)903,373113.9%6,484,050
Today (2020)966,183114.3%6,754,953
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*993,289113.9%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today7.0%12 4.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2019-2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-5,88092 1,323
Net International Migration3,0451 8,743
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)5,151137.5%13,740

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2020NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)68,59717.1%6.1%
School Age (5 to 17)168,547117.4%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)90,01819.3%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)290,746130.1%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)221,681122.9%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)126,594113.1%16.5%
Median Age34.4  Median Age = 38.0

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2020NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone4,58610.5%0.4%
Asian Alone38,92114.0%2.7%
Black Alone284,946129.5%10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone63710.1%0.1%
White606,679162.8%84.5%
Two or More Race Groups30,41413.1%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic859,718189.0%92.6%
Hispanic106,465111.0%7.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2019 (Includes detail not shown below)372,3581100.0%100.0%
Married With Children50,398113.5%18.5%
Married Without Children80,367121.6%29.7%
Single Parents41,215111.1%9.3%
Living Alone140,408137.7%29.0%

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 2020 (estimate)427,9001100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2019 (includes vacant units)423,3461100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
200,544147.4%61.5%
Median Value (2019)$136,70030  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
171,814140.6%27.5%
Median Rent (2019)$71610  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2020/2021 Total Reported) 179,220116.1%1,112,460
Public158,547115.3%1,033,286
Adults (25+ in 2019 ACS)626,402114.1%4,430,493
with High School diploma or higher86.1%73 88.8%
with B.A. or higher degree30.9%8 26.5%

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 2019$54,4057111.8%48,678
Median Household Income in 201950,7077988.0%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 201915.2%8127.7%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1819.4%14128.5%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20201,594123.9%6,657
Food Stamp Recipients in 2020149,878122.7%659,095
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, 2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force495,063114.9%3,319,010
Employed456,145114.8%3,082,982
Unemployed38,918116.5%236,028
Annual Unemployment Rate7.914111.3%7.1
August 2021 Unemployment Rate4.711117.5%4.0

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2019 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work775,757100.0%$60,349,307100.0%$77,794
Wage and Salary662,11485.4%$39,842,15266.0%$60,174
Farm Proprietors1710.0%$5000.0%$2,924
Nonfarm Proprietors113,47214.6%$11,798,39519.6%$103,976
Farm3410.0%$5,4520.0%$15,988
Nonfarm775,416100.0%$60,343,855100.0%$77,821
Private689,58088.9%$53,795,67489.1%$78,012
  Accommodation, Food Serv.52,3696.8%$1,388,2242.3%$26,509
  Arts, Ent., Recreation15,8322.0%$842,7011.4%$53,228
  Construction40,8635.3%$3,095,7815.1%$75,760
  Health Care, Social Serv.106,07013.7%$8,522,86114.1%$80,351
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing55,5487.2%$6,680,08611.1%$120,258
  Professional, Tech. Serv.56,3887.3%$5,744,6949.5%$101,878
  Retail Trade55,8427.2%$2,450,6564.1%$43,886
  Trans., Warehousing51,6166.7%$2,761,5884.6%$53,503
  Wholesale Trade31,8614.1%$2,914,5604.8%$91,477
  Other Private (not above)211,876*27.3%*$18,376,478*30.5%*$86,732*
Government85,83611.1%$6,548,18110.9%$76,287

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, 2020UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed2,344100.0%100.0%$472,768$5,872,297
Single-Family1,20951.6%76.2%$331,449$5,209,930
2-Family341.5%2.5%5,934$83,895
3- and 4-Family944.0%0.8%$10,621$25,965
5+ Family1,00743.0%20.6%$124,764$552,508

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 2020
Percent of County
Beech Grove14,8981.5%
Clermont1,4660.2%
Crows Nest750.0%
Cumberland2,7740.3%*
Homecroft7640.1%
Indianapolis877,90390.9%
Lawrence49,5455.1%
Meridian Hills1,7180.2%
North Crows Nest470.0%
Rocky Ripple6530.1%
Southport1,7600.2%
Speedway12,2241.3%
Spring Hill1060.0%
Warren Park1,5740.2%
Williams Creek4290.0%
Wynnedale2470.0%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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