When current residents talk about why they choose to live in Grant County, they talk overwhelmingly about the people. They talk about the kindness, creativity, and passion of people who live here. They talk about the people who care deeply about the community and work tirelessly to see it thrive. In Grant County, you will have abundant opportunities to know the people of Grant County and feel a sense of true community.
Living in Grant County is astoundingly affordable. The low costs of living allow individuals to live well and comfortably and pursue opportunities for less here in Grant County!
The Economic Opportunity
Grant County, akin to many midwest towns, is navigating the growing pains of reestablishing identity, industry, and culture against a backdrop of a rapidly changing global economy. Predominately a manufacturing and agricultural community, Grant County faces the typical challenges of a post-industrial society—identity crisis, blight, vacancy, unemployment, economic depression etc. Yet, post-industrialization is not all deficit; it is opportunity. Grant County is rich in history and brimming with opportunity.
Grant County is ripe for the individual who wants to make a difference. The potential for beauty, innovation, and prosperity is palpable. Grant County residents have the opportunity to transform physical space and culture and be a direct agent of change.
Grant County schools are deeply committed to education, safety, kindness, and the holistic wellbeing of their students. The schools offer many athletic, musical, and artistic opportunities, in addition to ample internship and work-based learning opportunities, offered in partnership with local universities, employers, and the local career center.
Grant County may not have a warm ocean breeze or lofty mountain tops, but it contains all the natural beauty of the American Midwest. The enveloping sky that stretches endlessly in every direction. The clouds that seem close enough to touch. The brilliant red, orange, and yellows of the sunset. The melody of the cicadas as summer days come to an end. The stately courthouse, made of exquisitely carved limestone. The long stretches of quiet backroads, surrounded by rows of cornfields and wooden barns.
Grant County's cities and towns each have mainstreets that contain beautiful, historic structures. The City of Marion has a traditional courthouse square; many of its buildings date back to the 1800-1900s, beautifully designed and historically preserved.
Grant County has parks and trails, historic mainstreets, and proximity to many sources of natural Midwest beauty!