Quick Facts

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)

Location

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

Transportation

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.

Daily Newspaper

Ocala Star Banner

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