Marion is a growing metropolis located next to Cedar Rapids and is part of the Cedar Rapids metro area. The City of Marion has experienced a 30% growth in residents and is one of the Midwest's fastest growing cities and one of the youngest per capita. Marion is community that values the arts and is a culture of relaxed but active lifestyle. There are a multitude of events and culture including the Marion Arts Festival, Swamp Fox Festival and Parade, as well as the Uptown Marion Market. There are two large school districts in the Marion community - Linn Mar and Marion Independent Schools. Marion is home to 41 parks and green spaces where a multitude of cultural events take place, such as the nationally recognized Marion Arts Festival, farmers markets, concert series and other family friendly events.