The City of Moran began in 1881 with the building of the Missouri Pacific Railroad through its territory. Within a year Moran had boomed to include a lumber yard, general store, restaurant, blacksmith shop, livery stable, and post office. Moran had a population of approximately 1,000 residents.
Moran now maintains a population of approximately 500-600 residents. Moran is home to the Marmaton Valley School District, several businesses, a post office, and banking services.