Marion, South Dakota

According to top-mba-universities, Marion, South Dakota is a small city located in the western part of the state. It has a population of approximately 3,000 people and covers an area of 4.2 square miles. The city is situated in an area with rolling hills and lush grasslands, and it has a mild climate with temperatures that rarely drop below freezing in the winter months.

The history of Marion dates back to 1883 when it was first established as a trading post along the banks of the Missouri River. Since then, it has grown into a thriving agricultural community with strong ties to local farms and ranches. The city is governed by a mayor-council form of government, with the mayor being elected every two years.

The economy of Marion is largely based on agriculture, with many farms and ranches located within its borders. There are also several businesses that provide goods and services to the local community, including restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, auto repair shops, and more. Additionally, there are several educational institutions located in Marion including public schools for grades K-12 as well as private schools for those seeking higher education opportunities.

Marion is home to several landmarks including the historic Fort Sisseton Historic State Park which offers visitors an opportunity to explore Native American artifacts from centuries ago as well as enjoy outdoor recreation activities such as fishing and hiking trails. In addition to this park there are also other attractions such as art galleries showcasing local artwork from regional artists or museums highlighting historical events that took place in Marion over its long history. Finally, each year during July 4th celebrations there is an annual parade through town honoring America’s independence day complete with floats decorated by local businesses and organizations representing their respective causes or affiliations.

Population: 892. Estimated population in July 2020: 833 (-6.6% change)
Males: 416 (46.6%), Females: 476 (53.4%)

Turner County

Zip code: 57043

Median resident age: 44.3 years
Median household income: $36,406
Median house value: $42,000

Races in Marion:

  • White Non-Hispanic (97.8%)
  • Hispanic (1.7%)
  • Other race (0.6%)

Ancestries: German (61.2%), Dutch (8.7%), Danish (8.3%), Irish (7.4%), Norwegian (5.7%), English (5.2%).

Elevation: 1440 feet

Land area: 0.9 square miles


Marion, South Dakota is a small town located in Turner County. According to the 2010 United States Census, the population of Marion was 2,084. The racial makeup of Marion was 98.3% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. This small town has a total area of 1 square mile and is home to a variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures.

The median age of the population in Marion is 43 years old with an average household size of 2 people per household and a median income of $48,811 per year which is slightly above the US average at $50,000 per year. The majority of the population (80%) are employed in either blue-collar or service-related occupations with only 20 percent employed in white-collar occupations such as management or professional positions. The largest industry in Marion is manufacturing which employs about 30 percent of the population followed by retail trade (15%) and health care (9%). There are also many small businesses that make up the local economy including restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations and other services that are essential to daily life for residents in Marion.

For population 25 years and over in Marion

  • High school or higher: 78.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 12.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.1%
  • Unemployed: 1.2%
  • Mean travel time to work: 23.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Marion city

  • Never married: 18.4%
  • Now married: 57.4%
  • Separated: 0.6%
  • Widowed: 16.3%
  • Divorced: 7.4%

0.3% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +61 (+7.3%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Marion:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Marion:

  • CHAN GURNEY MUNI (about 36 miles; YANKTON, SD; Abbreviation: YKN)
  • JOE FOSS FIELD (about 38 miles; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Abbreviation: FSD)
  • BROOKINGS MUNI (about 68 miles; BROOKINGS, SD; Abbreviation: BKX)

Other public-use airports nearest to Marion:

  • MARV SKIE-LINCOLN COUNTY (about 32 miles; TEA, SD; Abbreviation: Y14)
  • MADISON MUNI (about 42 miles; MADISON, SD; Abbreviation: MDS)
  • HOWARD MUNI (about 45 miles; HOWARD, SD; Abbreviation: 8D9)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Marion:

  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA (about 48 miles; VERMILLION, SD; Full-time enrollment: 6,014)
  • SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 73 miles; BROOKINGS, SD; Full-time enrollment: 7,353)
  • WAYNE STATE COLLEGE (about 85 miles; WAYNE, NE; Full-time enrollment: 3,026)
  • WESTERN IOWA TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 98 miles; SIOUX CITY, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,639)
  • NORTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 107 miles; NORFOLK, NE; Full-time enrollment: 2,732)
  • SOUTHWEST STATE UNIVERSITY (about 125 miles; MARSHALL, MN; Full-time enrollment: 3,405)
  • BUENA VISTA UNIVERSITY (about 154 miles; STORM LAKE, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,524)


Public high school in Marion:

  • MARION HI SCH (Students: 101; Location: 100 S CEDAR; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Marion:

  • MARION ELEM (Students: 126; Location: 100 S CEDAR; Grades: PK – 06)
  • MARION JR HI (Students: 46; Location: 100 S CEDAR; Grades: 07 – 08)

Marion, South Dakota