Marion, New York
|Marion, New York|
|• Total||29.3 sq mi (75.8 km2)|
|• Land||29.2 sq mi (75.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||469 ft (143 m)|
|• Density||170.3/sq mi (65.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0979199|
Marion is a town in Wayne County, New York, United States. The population was 4,974 as of the 2000 census. It is named after Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. It is an interior town near the center of the county, about 20 miles east of Rochester, New York and 50 miles west of Syracuse, New York.
Marion was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. The area was first settled around 1795.
The Town of Marion was created from the Town of Williamson on April 18, 1825 as the "Town of Winchester." It was renamed in 1826 for Francis Marion, a Brigadier General from South Carolina in the American Revolutionary War.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.3 square miles (76 km2), of which, 29.2 square miles (76 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.24%) is water. Marion is located in the 315 area code.
New York State Route 21 is a primary north-south highway in the town.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,974 people, 1,759 households, and 1,356 families residing in the town. The population density was 170.3 people per square mile (65.8/km²). There were 1,827 housing units at an average density of 62.6 per square mile (24.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.09% White, 0.68% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.
There were 1,759 households out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the town the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $48,205, and the median income for a family was $52,484. Males had a median income of $40,086 versus $24,545 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,414. About 3.3% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Marion
- Lower Corners – A historical location in the town.
- Marion – The hamlet (and census-designated place) of Marion is near the center of the town at the junction of County Roads 218 and 220.
- Owls Nest – A hamlet at the east town line on County Road 215.
- Red Creek – A stream flowing through the town.
- Upper Corners – A historical location in the town.
Notable residents of Marion
- William M. Runyan, Christian songwriter who composed Great Is Thy Faithfulness
- William Robert Brooks, astronomer