Quality of Life

Cost of Living


A general overview of the cost of living index for Marion, AR is displayed above. In Marion, AR, the overall cost of living index is 89, which is 3% higher than the Arkansas average and 11% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Marion, AR, the city’s goods and services are 3% lower than the Arkansas average and 8% lower than the U.S. average.” Information obtained from www.Areavibes.com .




Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Marion School District to provide our students with a program of instruction so that they will acquire the academic, social, and decision-making skills needed to become productive citizens in our rapidly changing technological world.

We recognize individual differences in students and believe that all children can learn. We strive to meet their needs and interests by offering a balanced curriculum and creating an atmosphere conducive to learning.

District Facts

*Marion School District is located twelve miles west of Memphis, Tennessee, in Crittenden County, Arkansas.

*The district’s 217 square miles extend to the south to include the northern third of West Memphis and reach ten miles to the north through Clarkedale. The eastern boundary is the Mississippi River, and the western line is Earle School District.

*Administrative offices for the district are located in the heart of Marion, near the Marion Elementary School campus (grades 2-3). Avondale Elementary (grades K-1) is located outside of Marion.  It is in West Memphis. All other campuses are in a complex on the southern boundary of Marion: Marion Intermediate (grades 4-5), Marion Middle (grades 6-7), Marion Junior High (grades 8-9), and Marion High School (grades 10-12).

*Communities Served:  Marion, Crawfordsville, Jericho, North West Memphis, Sunset, Turrell and Clarkedale.

*Accreditation:  All 6 campuses are accredited by the North Central Association.  Marion School District is also AdvancED accredited.

*Athletics:  Marion is a member of conference 6A East of the Arkansas Activities Association.

*A comprehensive curriculum exists in Marion School District for grades K-12. Special services are available for children with special needs. Experienced staff help children of all ability levels succeed.

*All students are provided differentiated instruction in kindergarten through third grades with identification and placement in the gifted and talented cluster beginning at grade four.

*Physical education, music, and art are an integral part of the K-12 curriculum. Beginning band instruction begins in grade 6; drama begins in grade 10.

*A full complement of technical education courses are available in grades eight through twelve, both on campus and through an articulation agreement with ASU Midsouth. Pre-AP and AP coursework in English, math, science, and social studies complete the full slate of core courses available to students who attend Marion School District. In the course of their studies, students have the opportunity to use instructional technology at all school sites.

*Marion School District actively recruits top teacher candidates throughout the year. First-year (novice) teachers participate in the MSD Mentoring Program, which provides support from experienced and successful veteran teachers. All teachers and administrators participate in a minimum of sixty hours of professional development annually. Marion School District provides many of these professional development opportunities through in-district technology and curriculum training for all staff members.

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With credit enrollment of nearly 2,000 students, recently-established programs in Hospitality Management and Digital Media, and an FAA-approved Aviation Maintenance Technology program in partnership with FedEx Express®, ASU Mid-South continues to blaze a trail in meeting regional higher education needs.

For an institution that is just more than two decades old, ASU Mid-South has enjoyed phenomenal growth and local support. Starting as a vocational school with only 136 students in August 1992, the institution has become one of the most evolutionary and forward-looking community colleges in the state and region.

While the number of students has risen dramatically, the College’s focus remains the same – to provide accessible, affordable, employment-relevant, world-class education. In conjunction with the award-winning Arkansas Delta Training and Education Consortium (ADTEC), ASU Mid-South has established a “career pathways” model that offers a series of logical employment “stop-out points” along a comprehensive training continuum.

The institution remains aggressive and determined in its efforts to meet the current and future employment needs of the region so that students will be prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Mid-South and Southwest Tennessee Community College are collaborating and sharing resources through the newly-formed Greater Memphis Training and Education Consortium (GMTEC) to better serve regional business and industry. With additional partners like FedEx, The Manufacturing Institute, the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, Arkansas State University, the University of Memphis, Montana State University-Northern, and local Chambers of Commerce to support business and industry training, college leaders are confident their efforts will boost student success.

ASU Mid-South facilities are among the best in the region. The $9 million Marion Berry Renewable Energy Center on the North Campus provides unparalleled opportunities to affect positive change for the region. The 35,120 square foot facility includes a biofuel engine testing facility and fuel and oil analysis laboratories which support adoption of biofuels by the transportation industry. The Wellness Center, opened in fall 2013, provides much needed space for student activities including intercollegiate basketball, intramurals, fitness classes, and recreational activities.

Simply stated, ASU Mid-South is uniquely positioned to take higher education and training to the next level.

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There are multiple healthcare facilities in Marion, including:

General Practitioners
Pediatrics Office
Dental Offices
Optometry Clinic
Dialysis Clinic
Cardiology Clinic
Chiropractic Clinics
Ambulatory Surgery Clinic
Nursing Home
Speech, Physical and/or Occupational Therapists



Multiple healthcare facilities are also available 15 minutes away in Memphis, TN. For more information, visit The Greater Memphis Chamber  website.

Recreation and Things to Do 

  • Park  facilities:
    Marion Recreational Complex – 3820 Complex Road
    John Robbins Baseball Field – 4 Patriot Drive
    Marion Skate Park – corner of Rica Road and L H Polk
    Colonial Park – 395 Colonial Drive
    Brunetti Park – 200 S. Currie
    K & R Park – 1 K&R Drive
    Rivertrace Park – East Lake Drive
    Plan a visit to one Arkansas’ state parks
  • Organized sports: In addition to school athletic programs, Marion has youth sports leagues that provide basketball, football, baseball and softball to about 2,000 youngsters each year.
  • Golf  course: The Marion Golf and Athletic Club, which is open by membership, also offers tennis, swimming and a fitness center.
  • Hunting, fishing: Marion is within an hour’s drive of numerous public hunting and fishing  areas, including Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge (10 miles north),  Horseshoe Lake (25 miles south) and numerous Mississippi River chutes (1 mile east).
  • Tourism : Marion is within an hour’s drive of a dozen Arkansas, Tennessee and  Mississippi state parks and recreation areas. Memphis tourist attractions include: Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Beale Street, the Memphis Zoo, the National Civil Rights Museum, and Mud Island. Southland Park Gaming & Racing in West Memphis is the nation’s largest greyhound racing track.
  • Arts : Marion is served by DeltaARTS and Little Theatre of Crittenden Co., active community arts organizations that sponsor community theater, concerts and art exhibits. There is an active artists’ society. Symphony, ballet, opera and Broadway touring shows are on stage regularly in Memphis.
  • Esperanza Bonanza Festival: Marion’s community festival, founded in 1993, features a barbecue contest, Cajun boiled crawfish, rodeo and live music. Held every year in May, attendance tops 15,000.
  • Sultana Disaster Museum: Marion is home to the Sultana Disaster Museum. The museum’s mission is to tell the story of the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history – the explosion and sinking of the Sultana steamboat.
  • The Marion Chamber hosts and coordinates multiple events during the year, such as the Sultana Heritage Festival, Small Fry Triathlon, and annual Christmas on the Square and Christmas parade.


  • Marion is home to multiple churches, representing a variety of denominations.
  • Additional churches of various denominations are located in near-by West Memphis and Memphis.
  • Religion-affiliated schools and kindergartens are available in Marion and West Memphis.

Other Public Facilities

Marion is served by The Woolfolk Public Library, which is jointly operated by Crittenden County and the City of Marion. It was named in honor of local historian, author and newspaper editor, the late Margaret Woolfolk.

Climate Data

  • Average Daily Temperature 62.4 degrees
  • Mean daily maximum temperature 72.5 degrees
  • Mean daily minimum temperature 52.2 degrees
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 66.06”
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 6”
  • Relative Humidity: 73%
  • % Sunshine Days: 64%

Source: NOAA

Public Safety

Police and Fire

Marion’s small atmosphere makes it a safe place for families, couples, individuals and retirees. Extremely low crime rates are common in the area. Marion’s outstanding police department includes 23 full time officers and 11 part time officers. The Marion Police Department has trained animal control officers, narcotics enforcement teams and tactical units. Marion’s police chief, Gary Kelley, was named Arkansas’ Chief of the Year in 2011 and continues to serve our city with honor and dedication.

Marion’s volunteer fire department provides services from 3 fire stations and employs 4 full-time firefighters and 31 paid on call members. All firefighters are fully certified through the Arkansas Fire Academy. All emergency medical personnel are certified through the Arkansas Department of Health. We operate a BLS ambulance service with an ambulance at every station.  Our department has 16 HAZMAT technicians, 11 HAZMAT operations level, 16 EMT’s and 2 EMT-P’s. Fire Chief Woody Wheeless has been a great asset to our department and to our community.