Marion

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Summary

Marion is a fast-growing, young community that prides itself on being “the best place in Iowa to raise a family or grow a business.” Located on the north-east edge of the Cedar Rapids metro in east-central Iowa, Marion is home to just over 41,000 people. In addition to the bustling business districts, Marion boasts over 600 acres of public ground in 41 parks and green spaces that host numerous events throughout the year, including the nationally acclaimed Marion Arts Festival. Area businesses have joined the Iowa City Cedar Rapids Corridor (ICR) to promote business development and growth. It’s no wonder Marion is the community choice for so many people—it offers a great quality of life and abundant opportunity within easy reach of the amenities of a larger city.

Transportation

With over 10 miles of bike and walking trails and more in the works, Marion has a great recreation system for a community of its size. The city is also rated ‘somewhat walkable’, which means many errands can be completed on foot, and there is limited bus service to some areas provided by Cedar Rapids Transit. The average commute for Marion residents is 19.5 minutes, lower than the national average of 26.4.

Activity & Entertainment

Marion is a vibrant community with a strong emphasis on education, an appreciation for the arts, and making the most of the great outdoors. Residents enjoy the annual Marion Arts Festival, concerts, farmers markets, and the ongoing art exhibits at Lowe Park. Lowe Park is also the center of senior adult activities and the new Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts. There is an active Historical Society with two permanent collections at the Granger House and the Marion Heritage Center. Healthy living is easy with lots of trails, sports fields, and golf courses for residents to enjoy.

History

Marion had a unique beginning in that it was founded and platted in 1839 as the county seat of the new Linn County before there was anyone living in the town! But it didn’t take long for Marion to become the business center of the county and later, when the railroad came through, it became a regional hub. Throughout its history, Marion has placed a strong emphasis on education and being family oriented. The first buildings to be constructed were schools and churches—even before permanent homes! That tradition is carried on today in Marion’s excellent school system and many family-friendly activities.


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