Information about Marion, Indiana
Located northeast of Indianapolis and southwest of Fort Wayne, Marion had an estimated population of nearly 30,000 in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. The community, named for Revolutionary War General Francis Marion, lies on the Mississinewa River and is the seat of Grant County. Marion is well-known for having been the birthplace of iconic actor James Dean.
Outdoor lovers can visit the Mississinewa Riverwalk Way, which provides opportunities for fishing, boating and similar recreational activities and runs through Matter Park from the Highland Avenue Bridge. Marion is also home to a civic theater.
Marion is home to Indiana Wesleyan University, a private Evangelical institution that was ranked the 30th best regional university and 12th best value school in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Other postsecondary institutions in the area include Taylor University, Anderson University, Ball State University and Ivy Tech Community College's East Central Campus, all of which are within 35 miles of Marion.
Economy and Employment
Marion is a trade, processing and industrial center located in an agricultural area. Its diversified manufacturers include makers of auto parts, glassware, paper and electronic equipment. The manufacturing industry, especially automotive manufacturers, provides myriad jobs in Marion, followed by educational, health and social services, and retail trade. Important employers nearby include Wal-Mart, Weaver Popcorn Company and General Motors.
According to 2012 census data, the sector with the highest employment was health care and social assistance with nearly 4,800 jobs. Manufacturing held approximately 3,000 jobs, while retail trade had nearly 2,600 jobs.