The town was named after Francis Marion, a hero of the Revolutionary War.

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The academy, which closed in 1942, consisted of five buildings spread over 23 acres.

One of the most famous residents was actor Don Ameche, who lived in the facility as a boy; he went on to star in the movie Cocoon.

Today, the main building, now housing apartments, is all that remains.

The current site of the Indian Creek Country Club was once the home of a horse, sulki, racing track. The racial makeup of the city was 93.7% White, 2.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 14,108 households of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.0% were non-families.28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.02. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.1% were 65 years of age or older.The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.As of the census of 2000, there were 26,294 people, 10,458 households, and 7,174 families residing in the city.The population density was 2,192.1 people per square mile (846.0/kmĀ²).