Marion, Iowa

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Marion is a city in Linn County, Iowa, United States. The population was 26,294 at the 2000 census and was estimated at 32,172 in 2007.[1] The city is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The town was named after Francis Marion, a hero of the Revolutionary War. The site was selected in 1839 to be the first county seat of the newly-organized Linn County, Iowa. After years of debate over moving the county seat to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it was put to a vote in 1919. The vote was 9,960 in favor of moving the seat and 4,823 not in favor.

Geography and climate

Marion is located at 42°2′16″N 91°35′35″W / 42.03778°N 91.59306°W / 42.03778; -91.59306 (42.037649, -91.592925)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31.1 km²), all of it land.

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As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 26,294 people, 10,458 households, and 7,174 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,192.1 people per square mile (846.0/km²). There were 10,968 housing units at an average density of 914.4/sq mi (352.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.01% White, 0.60% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.10% of the population.

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