Marion County, IA

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Population

33,127

0.211% decline

Poverty Rate

9.32%


Median Age

39.5


Median Household Income

$57,917

0.88% growth

Number of Employees

17,090

0.755% decline

Median Property Value

$146,900

1.45% growth

About

In 2017, Marion County, IA had a population of 33.1k people with a median age of 39.5 and a median household income of $57,917. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Marion County, IA declined from 33,197 to 33,127, a -0.211% decrease and its median household income grew from $57,412 to $57,917, a 0.88% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Marion County, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (94.8%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.33%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.14%), White (Hispanic) (0.942%), and Some Other Race (Hispanic) (0.676%). N/A% of the people in Marion County, IA speak a non-English language, and 99.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Marion County, IA are Central College (258 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Marion County, IA is $146,900, and the homeownership rate is 71.1%. Most people in Marion County, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18 minutes. The average car ownership in Marion County, IA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Marion County, IA employs 17.1k people. The largest industries in Marion County, IA are Manufacturing (4,256 people), Educational Services (2,272 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,245 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($61,316), Public Administration ($49,545), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($49,432).

Median household income in Marion County, IA is $57,917. Males in Marion County, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Marion County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$57,917

2017 value

± $2,942

0.88%

1 Year Growth

± 7.86%

Households in Marion County, IA have a median annual income of $57,917, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $57,412 in 2016, which represents a 0.88% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Marion County, IA compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922

Average Male Salary

± $1,635

$44,006

Average Female Salary

± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Iowa made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Iowa by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $50,374 ± $7,648

  2. White

    $44,731 ± $967

  3. Black

    $32,234 ± $4,518

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Iowa workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Iowa by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Marion County, IA is from Iowa.

0.443

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.563% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 302

  2. Census Tract 301

  3. Census Tract 304.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Marion County, IA was Census Tract 302 with a value of $71,408, followed by Census Tract 301 and Census Tract 304.01, with respective values of $68,782 and $57,100.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Marion County, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.32% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Marion County, IA (2.93k out of 31.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    2,490 ± 259

  2. Hispanic

    317 ± 128

  3. Other

    213 ± 131

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Marion County, IA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

17.1k

2017 Value

± 762

-0.755%

1 Year decline

± 6.26%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Marion County, IA declined at a rate of -0.755%, from 17.2k employees to 17.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Marion County, IA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,405 people), Production Occupations (2,220 people), and Management Occupations (1,744 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Marion County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Marion County, IA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,405 people), Production Occupations (2,220 people), and Management Occupations (1,744 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Marion County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.24 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.68 times), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.66 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Marion County, IA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($65,982), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($60,313), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($59,375).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

17.1k

2017 Value

± 762

-0.755%

1 Year decline

± 6.26%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Marion County, IA declined at a rate of -0.755%, from 17.2k employees to 17.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Marion County, IA, are Manufacturing (4,256 people), Educational Services (2,272 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,245 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Marion County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Marion County, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Marion County, IA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (4,256 people), Educational Services (2,272 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,245 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Marion County, IA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.67 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.46 times), and Educational Services (1.43 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Marion County, IA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($61,316), Public Administration ($49,545), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($49,432).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.8B

  2. $20.9B

  3. $18.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery ($20.9B) and Other ag prods. ($18.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$265B

2020 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

36.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Iowa trade was $265B. This is expected to increase 36.7% to $363B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $28.9B

  2. $17.7B

  3. $12.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.9B, followed by Minnesota with $17.7B and Nebraska and $12.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

96.9% of the population of Marion County, IA has health coverage, with 57.7% on employee plans, 12.2% on Medicaid, 12% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 0.934% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Marion County, IA was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Marion County, IA see 1074 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.97% increase from the previous year (1043 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1580 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1106 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,074 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Marion County, IA see an average of 1,074 patients per year. This represents a 2.97% increase from the previous year (1,043 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Marion County, IA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,076

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,702

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,317

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

3.07%

Uninsured

57.7%

Employer Coverage

12.2%

Medicaid

12%

Medicare

14.1%

Non-Group

0.934%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Marion County, IA declined by 7.31% from 3.31% to 3.07%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Marion County, IA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Marion County, IA is home to a population of 33.1k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.42% of Marion County, IA residents were born outside of the country (801 people).

In 2017, there were 71 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (31.4k people) in Marion County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 442 Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) and 378 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 9.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Marion County, IA was 39.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Marion County, IA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Marion County, IA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.42%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

801 people

2.33%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

774 people

As of 2017, 2.42% of Marion County, IA residents (801 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Marion County, IA was 2.33%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,844 ± 4,988 people

  2. China

    10,526 ± 2,515 people

  3. India

    10,455 ± 2,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Iowa residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

99.4%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.4% of Marion County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Marion County, IA was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Marion County, IA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    31.4k ± 19

  2. Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

    442 ± 121

  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    378 ± 91

In 2017, there were 71 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (31.4k people) in Marion County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 442 Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) and 378 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Marion County, IA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    684 ± 111

  2. Korea

    248 ± 73

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    211 ± 95

Marion County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.76 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Marion County, IA awarded 258 degrees. The student population of Marion County, IA is skewed towards women, with 617 male students and 620 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Marion County, IA are White (230 and 89.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (9 and 3.49%), Unknown (8 and 3.1%), and Asian (4 and 1.55%).

The largest universities in Marion County, IA by number of degrees awarded are Central College (258 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Marion County, IA are Exercise Physiology (43 and 16.7%), General Business Administration & Management (30 and 11.6%), and General Biological Sciences (24 and 9.3%).

The median tuition costs in Marion County, IA are $35,930 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 43 degrees awarded

  2. 30 degrees awarded

  3. 24 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Marion County, IA was Exercise Physiology with 43 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Marion County, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

258 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$35,930

Median Private

In 2017, the Marion County, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central College with 258 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

129

Degrees Awarded to Men

129

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 129 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Marion County, IA, which is 1 times approximately the same the 129 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Marion County, IA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    230 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    9 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    8 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Marion County, IA were to White students. These 230 degrees mean that there were 25.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 9 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Marion County, IA was $146,900 in 2017, which is 0.64 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $144,800 to $146,900, a 1.45% increase. The homeownership rate in Marion County, IA is 71.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Marion County, IA have an average commute time of 18 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Marion County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$146,900

2017 Median

± $6,745

$144,800

2016 Median

± $6,177

In 2017, the median property value in Marion County, IA grew to to $146,900 from the previous year's value of $144,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Marion County, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Marion County, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $175k - $200k range.

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Household Income

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$57,917

Median Household Income

± $2,942

13.1k

Number of Households

± 637

In 2017, the median household income of the 13.1k households in Marion County, IA grew to $57,917 from the previous year's value of $57,412.

The following chart displays the households in Marion County, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Marion County, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Marion County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

71.1%

2017 Homeownership

72.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71.1% of the housing units in Marion County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 72.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Marion County, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Marion County, IA have a shorter commute time (18 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.916% of the workforce in Marion County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.4%

  2. Carpooled

    9.86%

  3. Walked

    5.69%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Marion County, IA was Drove Alone (77.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.86%) and those who Walked (5.69%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Marion County, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Marion County, IA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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