Marion County offers a qualified workforce, certified sites and undeniable southern charm, all at an affordable price you won’t find anywhere else. Located only minutes from I-95, Marion County provides quick access to rail, three ports and four commercial airports. With available infrastructure and land, a strong workforce, education facilities, and transportation corridors offer excellent opportunities for new industrial development.
Marion County has been a certified ACT Work Ready Community since 2015, with three technical colleges within a 30-minute drive. Businesses not only have access to a skilled, dedicated workforce with a unionization rate of 2.7%, but attractive customized incentives and numerous certified sites from 10 to 2500 acres, many with direct rail access. The new Inland Port Dillon, which will provide direct rail services to the Port of Charleston, is less than 15 minutes away. The recently approved construction of Interstate 73 will connect Myrtle Beach directly to Interstate 95 and will run through the heart of Marion County.
From nearby beaches and golf courses, to antebellum homes and tasty southern food, Marion County is high living at a low price. In fact, the cost of living in Marion County is 14.5% lower than the national average, with the average home price being approximately $126,100. When the residents aren't working, they enjoy a variety of outdoor activities or travel to nearby Myrtle Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the East Coast.
QUALITY OF LIFE
REVOLUTIONARY WAR HISTORY
Marion County is named for General Francis Marion, also known as the Swamp Fox, a Revolutionary War Hero who eluded the British by using paths through the swamps of what is now known as the Pee Dee Region. Artifacts from his camps have been discovered over the years in Florence and Marion Counties and the swamps and rivers where the Swamp Fox and his men trod can be explored by you today!
History lives and breathes in Marion, thanks to the preservation of a large historic district of about 1,150 acres, containing some 90 buildings and several monuments, that have been declared on the National Register. Thirty of those buildings and one monument is viewable on the National Register of Historic Places website and ready to be explored by you.
Here in Marion County, we understand the comfort of a small-town feel with a close, community-minded atmosphere. We celebrate it often through events like the “FoxTrot Festival” and the “Golden Leaf Festival,” fostering a spirit of togetherness and community.
NATURE AND RECREATION
Anyone who has explored the rivers and wetlands of Marion County knows what a wondrous place it is. For the avid hunter, a place like the Woodbury Wildlife Management Area and Heritage Preserve are heaven sent. Nearly 26,000 acres deep in the heart of Marion County provides ample hunting and fishing opportunities for sportsmen of all abilities.