Located at the intersection of Route 13 and Interstate 57 in Williamson County lies Marion, affectionately known as "The Hug of the Universe"! According to a specially conducted census in 2008, the population was at 17,388.

Marion offers a large variety of employment opportunities with some major companies, such as:

  • AISIN USA MFG INC-produces high quality systems for the automotive industry.
  • General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems-four main business segments; Aerospace, Combat systems, Marine systems and Information systems and technology.
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center-provides healthcare services to our Veterans in southern Illinois

Along the Rt. 13 corridor, is Heartland Regional Medical Center. It has 92 beds and 95 active doctors.