The county of McDowell is located in and was founded in 1842. There are 44,996 residents in McDowell who have access to courthouses in Marion. In general, each county has a full set of courts, from traffic court to superior and appellate court; supreme courts are usually located in the state capital. is part of the 4th federal circuit court as well.
There are 7,838 residents in Marion, which is 5.6 square miles and 1,404ft above sea level. It was settled in 1844 and is governed by a local government.