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The City of Marion

Marion is a small city of just under 30,000 people located in Grant County in the heart of Indiana. Our City of Champions” is home to many innovative businesses, resourceful and caring non-profit organizations, and hard-working, tenacious, loyal citizens. Marion is one of the best cities in the U.S. to raise a family, offering low tax rates, low cost of living, and many quality-of-life amenities. In 2015, Nerd Wallet named Marion #3 in the nation of the Best Small Cities in America”.

Our Mission

To bring positive energy and growth to the Marion community through a proactive approach based on honesty, collaboration, and accountability. It is our duty to foster and preserve a safe, healthy, and thriving environment full of opportunity for our family of citizens and visitors alike.

From The Mayor

Whether you are a business or a family, Marion is a great place to invest.

We take pride in our award-winning public gardens, waterpark, and holiday walkway of lights.

Marion has an outstanding private hospital, innovative VA hospital, and a national cemetery. We are easy to access with one of the best airports in the state. Marion is home to the largest private college in Indiana, a state-of-the-art tech college, and exemplary public and private schools. While our schools hold many championship titles, our true champions are the citizens that make our community a special place to call home.

Jess Alumbaugh | Mayor

Our History

Marion was named after the Revolutionary War General, Francis Marion. The city was founded in 1831 by Martin Boots and David Branson who each donated 30 acres of land to develop a city by the flowing Mississinewa River, after nearly 20 years of settlement following the bloody, victorious historic Battle of the Mississinewa of 1812

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Facts and Figures

Marion has 80% of the U.S. market within a one day truck drive. (2017)

Grant County Economic Growth Council

Marion has a workforce of 250,000 people to draw from. (2017)

Grant County Economic Growth Council

Marion is one of the best cities in the nation for first-time home buyers to purchase a home. (2017)


Business climate survey results show that Marion/Grant County is an overall favorable place to run a business. (2017)

Grant County Economic Growth Council

Marion is the 3rd Best Small City in America. (2015)

Nerd Wallet

Marion is one the top 75 U.S. small cities to start a business. (2018)