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Marion County, Indiana

Named in 1822 for Revolutionary War General Francis Marion

County Seat: Indianapolis

Largest City: Indianapolis (2015 population: 862,781)

Population per Square Mile: 2,369.47

Square Miles: 396.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)903,389113.9%6,484,192
Today (2015)939,020114.2%6,619,680
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*951,780113.9%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today3.9%12 2.1%

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

Components of Population Change, 2014-2015NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-5,11192 -14,881
Net International Migration3,4731 12,574
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)6,763126.8%25,260

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 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 2015 (estimate)419,8011100.0%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 (2015/2016 Total Reported) 174,130115.7%1,108,151
Public157,491115.1%1,046,058
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 2015$47,5086113.3%41,940
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 20151,909122.9%8,338
Food Stamp Recipients in 2015183,167122.6%810,606
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016102,915120.4%504,539

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, 201414,573117.3%84,080
Births to Teens, 20141,096117.5%6,277
Deaths, 20147,836112.9%60,798

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2015NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force472,929114.5%3,265,761
Employed449,216114.4%3,109,217
Unemployed23,713115.1%156,544
Annual Unemployment Rate5.034104.2%4.8
October 2016 Unemployment Rate4.033102.6%3.9

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 2015
Percent of County
Beech Grove14,5481.5%
Clermont1,4080.1%
Crows Nest760.0%
Cumberland2,7250.3%*
Homecroft7430.1%
Indianapolis853,17390.9%
Lawrence47,8095.1%
Meridian Hills1,6820.2%
North Crows Nest470.0%
Rocky Ripple6270.1%
Southport1,7550.2%
Speedway12,1271.3%
Spring Hill1010.0%
Warren Park1,5390.2%
Williams Creek4210.0%
Wynnedale2390.0%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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