Why Marion

Innovative in Iowa's Creative 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.


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
  • Nearly 600 people participated in sunrise yoga at Lowe Park over the course of one year

Learn more about Marion, where opportunity exists, innovation is expected, and business growth is realized!