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Marion County, Indiana

Named in 1822 for Revolutionary War General Francis Marion

County Seat: Indianapolis

Largest City: Indianapolis (2022 population: 889,922)

Population per Square Mile: 2,446.29

Square Miles: 396.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)903,373113.9%6,484,050
Today (2022)969,466114.2%6,833,037
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*1,001,231114.3%7,014,880
Percent Change 2010 to Today7.3%14 5.4%

*Projection based on 2015 Census population estimates.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2021-2022NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-10,47692 5,230
Net International Migration4,7771 15,490
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)3,7361364.8%1,024

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2021NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)67,19316.9%6.0%
School Age (5 to 17)172,953117.8%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)90,33119.3%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)291,170130.0%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)221,917122.9%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)127,538113.1%16.4%
Median Age34.6  Median Age = 38.1

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2021NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone4,68210.5%0.4%
Asian Alone40,33614.2%2.7%
Black Alone287,669129.6%10.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone53810.1%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups31,50313.2%2.3%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2021 (Includes detail not shown below)388,3661100.0%100.0%
Married With Children53,441113.8%18.2%
Married Without Children87,134122.4%29.8%
Single Parents41,225110.6%9.2%
Living Alone142,517136.7%29.1%

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 2022 (estimate)441,0071100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2021 (includes vacant units)434,5961100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2021)$156,00029  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2021)$7769  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2021/2022 Total Reported) 180,424116.1%1,120,155
Adults (25+ in 2021 ACS)638,013114.2%4,501,214
with High School diploma or higher86.9%74 89.8%
with B.A. or higher degree32.8%7 27.8%

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 2021$65,6253116.2%56,497
Median Household Income in 202158,7375593.6%$62,723
Poverty Rate in 202115.1%11124.8%12.1%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1820.9%12133.1%15.7%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2022876122.3%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 2022140,211122.9%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2021/2022104,393121.7%481,568

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, 201914,045117.4%80,851
Births to Teens, 2017923117.9%5,152
Deaths, 20198,246112.5%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2022NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force509,473115.0%3,404,443
Annual Unemployment Rate3.226106.7%3.0
April 2023 Unemployment Rate2.636100.0%2.6

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2021 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work758,846100.0%$69,327,993100.0%$91,360
Wage and Salary640,55684.4%$43,412,29662.6%$67,773
Farm Proprietors1690.0%$3,1000.0%$18,343
Nonfarm Proprietors118,12115.6%$16,793,72724.2%$142,174
  Accommodation, Food Serv.43,5725.7%$1,454,9692.1%$33,392
  Arts, Ent., Recreation13,5501.8%$763,4031.1%$56,340
  Health Care, Social Serv.105,44513.9%$9,250,70313.3%$87,730
  Professional, Tech. Serv.57,8047.6%$6,670,2529.6%$115,394
  Retail Trade55,0707.3%$2,374,9353.4%$43,126
  Trans., Warehousing53,4387.0%$2,862,6084.1%$53,569
  Wholesale Trade30,1044.0%$3,016,0434.4%$100,187
  Other Private (not above)206,80027.3%$24,552,24835.4%$118,725

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Residential Building Permits, 2022UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed2,472100.0%100.0%$457,029$6,635,992
3- and 4-Family190.8%0.5%$2,891$14,702
5+ Family1,23449.9%32.6%$98,316$1,031,387

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

in 2022
Percent of County
Beech Grove14,4921.5%
Crows Nest660.0%
Meridian Hills1,7580.2%
North Crows Nest420.0%
Rocky Ripple6450.1%
Spring Hill950.0%
Warren Park1,4750.2%
Williams Creek4240.0%
* 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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