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Demographics

Population

  • Marion County—344,417
  • Ocala—56,315
  • Belleview—4,492
  • Dunnellon—1,733
  • McIntosh—452
  • Reddick—506

(2016 ESRI Forecast, U.S. Census Bureau)

Transportation

Location: North Central Florida – No more than a 90-minute drive to either the Gulf or Atlantic coasts or to the Orlando attractions

Highways: Interstate 75, U.S. 441, 301 and 27
Rail (freight): CSX, Florida Northern
Air: Local – Charter and cargo service available at Ocala International Airport. Commercial passenger service is available within 100 miles at six airports, including the Orlando and Tampa International airports.

Geographical Territory

  • 1,652 square miles—fourth largest county in Florida
  • 1/3 of the County is the Ocala National Forest

Local Attractions

  • Silver Springs
  • Ocala National Forest
  • Rainbow Springs State Park
  • Appleton Museum
  • Ocala downtown square and historic district
  • Multitude of rivers, lakes, campgrounds, hiking trails and golf courses

Education

K-12: Marion County Public School System and various private schools

Undergraduate & Graduate Degrees: College of Central Florida (CF), Rasmussen College, Saint Leo University – Ocala Center, Taylor College and Webster University. Additionally, several state research universities are within a short drive from Ocala and Marion County: University of Florida (40 miles-Gainesville, University of Central Florida is 90 miles-Orlando), and University of South Florida (92 miles-Tampa)

Cost of Living

  • State Weighted Average = 100
  • Marion County: 89.11 (36th of 67 Counties)
  • Composite Index (100%): 99.8
  • Grocery Items (13%): 101.79
  • Health Care (4%): 94.37
  • Housing (29%): 80.67
  • Utilities (10%): 99.20
  • Transportation (12%): 96.64
  • Miscellaneous Goods and Services (32%): 96.64

Source: 2011 Florida Statistical Abstract

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