Marion 65 Good
Marion Livability #109 ranked city in Alabama#12,536 ranked city in the USARanks better than 57% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Marion

  • Cost Of Living

    Residents in this area benefit from an affordable cost of living. This includes goods and services, transportation, housing, utilities, groceries and healthcare.

  • Crime

    This area is characterized by a crime rate, per 100,000 individuals, that falls well below the national average, indicating its potential as a very safe place to live.

  • Health & Safety

    Earning a high health and safety score depends on factors such as good air quality and the availability of essential health facilities like hospitals, clinics, doctors, and fire stations.

  • Ratings

    Local residents have positive feedback regarding the convenience of amenities, parks, public transit, the friendliness of neighbors, the strong sense of community, and the overall safety of the area.

  • Amenities

    It appears that many amenities may not be conveniently situated within walking distance, potentially necessitating the use of a vehicle or public transit.

  • Commute

    Commuters in this area may experience longer-than-average work commute times due to limited public transportation access.

  • Employment

    The combination of low income levels and high unemployment rates contributes to a low score in the employment category, which could make it challenging to secure well-paying jobs.

  • Schools

    Factors such as lower than average graduation rates, lackluster reading and math scores and the limited accessibility of local elementary and high schools could contribute to the low schools score.

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What's it like Living in Marion?

Marion, Alabama is a small-sized city with a population of 3,196 inhabitants. With a total of 66%, the Black or African American racial group makes up the majority of the population in Marion. The next most represented races are 34% White and 0% Asian. Marion is not known to have a high population (over 15 years old) of married people. At only 35% married, this city falls well below the national average. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Marion. With an average one way commute time of only 11 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Are you trying to decide if living in Marion is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before moving to any new city in Alabama, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Several key factors deserve attention. For one, safety is paramount, ensuring that your new area is low in crime is key. Proximity to workplaces or schools minimizes commute times and fosters convenience. Access to essential amenities like parks, grocery stores, food, fitness, shops and healthcare facilities enhances daily life. Efficient public transportation options provide mobility and connectivity. The sense of community creates a welcoming and supportive environment. Lastly, the overall atmosphere, encompassing the vibe, aesthetics, and lifestyle offerings, contributes to a fulfilling living experience. Considering these elements helps identify the ideal neighborhood for your needs and preferences. To help you find the best places to live in and around Marion, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living and more.

With a livability score of 67/100, Marion is ranked #9,120 in the United States and #46 in Alabama. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Marion has higher than average scores for the following: crime (A+) and cost of living (A+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Marion. The following was graded with a disappointing score: amenities (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (D-).

Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that Marion has an unemployment rate of 1.8% could mean increased job opportunities with a higher demand for workers. It could also lead to higher wages, as the demand for workers exceeds the availability of jobs. Most importantly, it could be a sign of a healthy and thriving local economy.

Marion real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Marion. The median home price for Marion homes is $87,400, which is 32% lower than the Alabama average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Marion, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.6, which is 24.1% higher than the Alabama average.

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      Marion transportation information

      Statistic Marion Alabama National
      Average one way commute11min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work79.3%85.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.0%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.0%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk9.2%1.1%2.8%
      Working from home0.5%2.9%4.6%
      Source: The Marion, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).