Welcome to Marion County!


Marion County is among the fastest growing areas in the country.  It's hospitable atmosphere makes relocating to the area a breeze.  The area offers scenic countryside, clear waterways and abundant forest lands.  The area's highway and road system makes just about every residential area close to schools, health care providers, churches, shopping and retail centers, government services and plentiful cultural and recreational activities.  

Marion County boasts an array of affordable housing to suit every lifestyle and budget, including the country estate or horse farm to the desirable gated and 55+ adult communities.  Many of the communities  feature custom-built homes and offer every imaginable amenity including recreation, clubhouses, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, fitness centers and spas, walking trails, restaurants, educational centers and many opportunities for civic or cultural social interaction.

Marion County has five incorporated cities; Ocala, Dunnellon, McIntosh, Belleview and Reddick.


The City of Ocala, the heart of Marion County and the county seat was named an "All American City" in 1995.  Ocala is the largest city in the county with a population of approximately 49,439.  Ocala offers a wonderful mix of old and new.  The old historic district around Fort King Street offers the opportunity to tour through stately neighborhoods of lovely Victorian homes and over the past several years downtown Ocala has been revitalized with renovations to the town square and the beautification of the historic buildings around it.

In addition to the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce building, a variety of restaurants, the Brick City Center for the Arts, shops, financial institutions, and commercial businesses are located around the town square or within a short walking distance.  The center of town comes to life in the evening with a number of  clubs and special events bringing folks back downtown.  Horse drawn carriage rides bring a touch of the past to visitors on Friday and Saturday evenings and each spring the dogwoods, azaleas and other wonderful spring flowers invite visitors to walk or drive along the tree-lined streets.


The City of Dunnellon is surrounded by two rivers, the Withlacoochee and the Rainbow.  Dunnellon embodies old Florida character and charm and has been called the "Treasure of Florida's Nature Coast," because it is home to Florida's second largest artesian spring, Rainbow Springs, which feeds roughly 500 million gallons of crystal clear water each day into the Rainbow River.


The Town of McIntosh, incorporated in 1913 and boasting a little over 400 residents, is located twenty miles north of Ocala on U.S. 441 near the Alachua County border.  It is a small, quaint, turn-of-the century village on the shores of Orange Lake, so named for the grove of wild oranges which sprang, some say, from seeds discarded by Spanish explorers 400 years ago.


The City of Belleview is located in the southern end of Marion County and was incorporated in 1885.  Belleview, although less than two square miles in size, is located in the hub of growth with Ocala to the North and The Villages to the south.  Belleview is the county's second largest city with approximately 3,500 residents.


The City of Reddick was developed along the Florida Southern railroad route in 1880 and was named after John M. Reddick, a planter who attracted the railroad with an offer of land.  North of Ocala on Route 25A, Reddick is in the northwest corner of the county and is known for its natural beauty and surrounding horse farms.  Reddick seems to have escaped the noticeable growth in other areas of the county, much to the delight of many of it's residents.


If you would like more information on Marion County, please feel free to visit any of the following websites:

Marion County Government - County government and services

Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce

Ocala/Marion Visitor & Convention Bureau

For statistical and census data on Marion County please click here.


Click here for a list of other Ocala and Marion County resources such as utility providers, employment resources, local newspapers and magazines, library services, government, education, parks and recreation, recycling, arts and entertainment, medical facilities and much more!


         


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