Why Marion

Innovative in the Cedar Rapids Iowa City Corridor

Marion is one of the most dynamic and developing cities in Iowa. Our community offers the comfort and security of a small town with the convenient opportunities of a large city. Our location directly adjacent to metro Cedar Rapids, Interstate 380, and two four-lane state highways make Marion an ideal place for families and business. Marion’s highly educated and skilled work force enjoys nationally recognized health care, school systems, entertainment, and business opportunities.

Sustainability

Marion is a leader in community innovation, acting as a model for sustainable practices by setting the goal of becoming a ‘Zero-Waste’ community, the first and only in Iowa. We are partnering with private industry to accomplish a public goal;to not send municipal solid waste to a landfill. Sustainable practices today will make for a stronger community tomorrow.

Health & Well Being

Iowa is aiming to become the healthiest state in the nation. Our community has made health and well-being a priority as we have been named a Blue Zones community. The Blue Zones Project is a community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks.  

Marion was also presented a Healthy Hometown Founders award at the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative.  The award recognizes Marion for our dedication and accomplishments toward meaningful health improvement initiatives in the community.  Marion has been a model for other Iowa communities and is an encouraging example of what can be done when the citizens of a community join together to truly transform their environment.

Marion delivers healthy results:

  • The Marion City Council passed a nicotine‐free parks ordinance
  • Nine gardens were planted at local schools with students tending and harvesting the produce
  • New bike racks were installed at seven local parks, encouraging more people to bicycle
  • For avid golfers, Marion offers the Gardner Golf Course, Indian Creek Country Club and Hunters Ridge Golf Course.
  • Nearly 600 people participated in sunrise yoga at Lowe Park over the course of one year
  • Marion is home to 19 parks. Legion Park has playgrounds, an ice rink, basketball courts, an 18-hole disc golf course and splash pads. Taube Park hosts the Marion Farmers Market. You can find the Marion Municipal Swimming Pool at Willowood Park
  • The City Square Park hosts several events year round, including the Marion Arts Festival, the Swamp Fox Festival and Uptown Marion Markets.
  • You can find seven trails in Marion, great for hiking and biking. 

Sports and Entertainment

If baseball, football and soccer are your thing, take advantage of Cedar Rapids professional sports teams, such as the Kernels minor league baseball, Titans indoor football, Roughriders hockey and the Rampage indoor soccer team.

Cultural

The Marion Arts Council works to promote the importance of the arts and develop programs that maximize public awareness of art, artists, and culture. Marion Arts is held the third Saturday of each May. Consistently ranked in the top tier of fine art events nationwide, the Marion Arts Festival has been named as being among the Top 25 festivals in the country, as the #1 show featuring 100 artists or fewer and, further, as the best one-day event in the nation. The Giving Tree Theater offers a unique theatrical experience. The Granger House Cultural Center & Museum and the Marion Heritage Center and Museum offer a look into the past and serve as a gathering space for the community.  

Dining

Marion’s growing culinary scene offers a wide range of dining experiences.

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Housing

From apartments and townhomes to luxury single family and historical homes, Marion offers residents a wide variety of housing options.

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Residents in Marion, IA enjoy a cost of living index of 95. This index is 7% higher than the Iowa average, and 5% lower than the national average. 

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Healthcare

Both MercyCare Marion Urgent Care and UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine/Urgent Care are open seven days a week for patients with unexpected injuries or illnesses. Nearby hospitals include, Mercy Medical Center and UnityPoint HealthJust 30 minutes from Marion you will find Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center, the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

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