Marion Area 
Chamber of Commerce...presents


Community Profile

MARION, OHIO is located in North Central Ohio, 45 miles north of the capital city of Columbus. The city of Marion has a population of 36,837; 66,501 are in Marion County.

Marion is a progressive city that enjoys exceptional benefits in terms of transportation, convenience and proximity to markets. Marion County is situated in North Central Ohio's rich agricultural area. The majority of the United States' eastern, northern and mid-western metropolitan markets are within easy reach. Approximately two-thirds of the U.S. and Canadian markets are within a day's truck drive from Marion.

Agriculture and diversified industries form the economic base of the Marion area.  Approximately 80 percent of Marion County’s land area is devoted to farming with corn, soybeans, hogs and dairy cattle as the principal products.  A number of Marion’s industries reflect the importance of agriculture to this community.  Bunge, N.A., Morral Companies, Nachurs Alpine Solutions, Ohigro, Inc., ConAgra and Wyandot, Inc. are among the ag-related industries.


Marion’s largest industrial employer is Whirlpool Corp. – the largest dryer manufacturer in the world.  Other major industrial employers include Silver Line Windows and Doors an Andersen Company, Wyandot, Inc., Nucor Steel Marion, Inc. and General Mills.


Marion offers numerous training and education options, including a regional campus of The Ohio State University, Marion Technical College and Tri-Rivers Career Center.  To meet the needs of elementary through high school students in Marion County there is one large city school district, four county school districts and one Catholic school.

US 23 is the main four-lane north-south artery through Marion county and adjacent to Marion City.  US 23 intersects I-75 at Findlay; I-270, I-70 and I-71 at Columbus, providing the link between Columbus and the Toledo-Detroit markets.  State Routes 309 and 95 provide excellent east-west statewide access.  Equally excellent are State Routes 4 and 98 for north-south access.  Just 25 miles east of Marion is I-71, providing access to Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Louisville, Kentucky.  Twenty-five miles north is US 30, a nationwide east-west artery.  It intersects I-77 in Canton, I-71 in Mansfield and I-75 just north of Lima.

From Cleveland and eastern markets, over 120 regular-route carriers provide trucking to and from Marion.

CSX and Norfolk Southern, two Class I rail carriers serving the eastern U.S. converge in Marion. Participating in a reciprocal switching agreement, they reach all major markets. Marion's Dual Rail Industrial Park offers rail-using companies well-developed industrial lots with equal access to CSX and Norfolk Southern.

In collaboration with CSX, Kansas City Southern and the Marion Industrial Center, truckload carrier Schneider National opened its Ohio Valley intermodal facility.  Dedicated intermodal trains run between Marion, Ohio and Kansas City with highway service provided by Schneider National at both ends of the line.

The Marion Municipal Airport features 5,000 and 3,500-foot runways. It provides jet charter services, as well as single and twin-engine propeller charter services, an air ambulance and facilities for private and corporate aircraft.

Adjacent to the airport is the Marion Airport Industrial Park with over 100 acres suitable for light manufacturing, air cargo and distribution facilities. The park has all utilities in place and offers CSX rail service.

Much of Marion’s rich history has been captured at Heritage Hall and the Marion Popcorn Museum.  Marion was the home to the late President Warren G. Harding and his wife, Florence.  Their home and the granite memorial at the site of their burial plots are both listed in the National Registry of Historical Places.

One of the jewels of the cultural scene in Marion is the fully restored Palace Theatre, a 1920's Vaudeville theater with 1,431 seats.  It was purchased and saved from the wrecking ball by civic-minded Marion families and businesses.  The 6,500-seat Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum at the Marion County Fairgrounds provides another venue for larger shows and exhibitions.

Marion's city and county governments work together with the community's economic development organization, CAN DO!, the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce and the Marion County Regional Planning Commission to encourage growth and orderly development. Through the Ohio Department of Development, Enterprise Zones and other incentive programs, expanding companies are offered cooperation and incentives to locate and expand in Marion County.

Here, in Marion and Marion County, you will feel welcomed both as an individual and as a corporate citizen.

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Marion City




2010 census                           36,837





Form of Government – Mayor, Council

Police – Marion Police Dept. – 41 officers

Fire – Marion Fire Dept. – 49 firefighters





Public Schools:

                Elementary – 6

                Middle Schools – 1

                High Schools – 1


Private Schools:

                Elementary - 1

                Jr./Sr. High School - 2

Marion County




2010 census                            66,501





Form of Government:  3 Commissioners

Law Enforcement –  Sheriff, Chief Deputy, 2 Majors, 13 Deputies





Public Schools: 

          Elementary – 6

          Middle Schools– 3

          High Schools – 4


Private Schools:

          Elementary - 1


Post-Secondary Schools

          Marion Technical College

          The Ohio State University at Marion





Public Transportation


Marion Area Transit

Fully handicapped-accessible; demand service to all areas

of the City of Marion and nearby retail locations.



                                                Health Services


                                                            Hospitals – 1     

                                                            # of licensed beds – 270

                                                            Outpatient Centers – 1

                                                            Physicians – 160



                                                            Villages  (2010 Census figures)


                                                            Prospect                                                     1,112

                                                            LaRue                                                           747

                                                            Caledonia                                                      577

                                                            New Bloomington                                          515

                                                            Morral                                                           399

                                                            Green Camp                                                  374

                                                            Waldo                                                           338



                                                Major Highways


                                                            Interstate Highways:

                                                                           I-70 – (50 miles south)

                                                                           I-71 – (25 miles east)


                                                            U.S. Highways:

                                                                           23 north and south in county

                                                                           30 (25 miles north)


                                                            State Highways:  (179.2 miles)

                                                                           4; 37; 47; 95; 98; 100; 229; 231;

                                                                           309; 423; 529; 739; 746







                                                                           American Electric Power

                                                                           Consolidated Electric Cooperative

                                                                           First Energy

                                                                           Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative

                                                                           Prospect Municipal Electric


                                                            Natural Gas:

                                                                           Columbia Gas of Ohio

                                                                           Suburban Natural Gas



                                                                           Marion City sewer system

                                                                           Marion County Sewer District

                                                                           Municipal systems for Prospect,

                                                                           LaRue, Caledonia and Green Camp Villages



                                                                           Frontier Communications



                                                                           Del-Co Water Company

                                                                           Ohio American Water Company 



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Visitors Bureau 
Economic Development

Marion Area Chamber of Commerce
267 W. Center St., Ste. 200
Marion, Ohio  43302
740.382.2181 Fax 740.387.7722

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