Welcome to Ocala!


A Welcoming Atmosphere

Every year thousands of new residents begin calling Ocala and Marion County home, keeping it among the three fastest growing areas in the nation.  Ocala's welcoming atmosphere makes transitions easy.  The variety and affordability of housing ensures that there are homes to suit every taste, lifestyle and budget.


City life

Surrounded by scenic countryside, Ocala has the vitality and diversity of a much larger city.  Named the county seat in 1845, it has a wonderful history, yet the ability to move ahead into the next century.  Ocala's historic district is a neighborhood of charming tree-lined streets and exquisite Victorian and Tudor homes.  Throughout the city and in nearby suburbs are newer developments of single-family homes, condos, townhouses and apartments.

Seven Sisters Inn


Country life

For those who long for the country life, Marion County offers many possibilities from newly built country communities to weathered farm houses, horse farms, and grand estates.  The region's highway system makes outlying areas convenient to Ocala's business and shopping districts and homes of brick and frame abound, with new construction continuously expanding the selection for newcomers.

A growing trend in housing is toward attractively designed gated communities. These areas feature luxurious, yet surprisingly affordable custom-built homes.  Communities such as Oak Run, On Top of the World, Ocala Palms, Spruce Creek, and others offer every imaginable type of recreation, often with clubhouses, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, scenic walking trails, restaurants and a host of indoor activities and opportunities for social interaction.


Arts & Culture

In Ocala and Marion County, arts, culture and festivals are always in season.  Throughout the year more than 250 civic clubs and organizations promote festivals celebrating the cultural variety of Ocala and Marion County. An active appreciation of fine arts has been an integral part of the cultural life of Ocala for years.  Since 1950, Ocala has had its own community theatre, the Ocala Civic Theatre, which is the second largest in the state.  In addition, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, established in 1975, is dedicated to serving Central Florida with the highest quality in musical experiences.  The orchestra is composed of outstanding musicians from the community and the finest music schools throughout the region.

The Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) is a non-profit membership organization devoted to increasing and supporting cultural activities in Marion County.  The primary mission of  MCA is its cultural grants program, which since 2001, has provided grants in excess of $130,000 in support of the arts in Marion County.  In addition, MCA operates the Brick City Center for the Arts gallery and gift shop located one block off the historic Square in Downtown Ocala.

The first project of the MCA was Horse Fever in 2001.  Horse Fever featured a series of almost life sized horse statues created by various artists.  There were 52 horses which were auctioned off for charity.  The project was similar to those done by other cities. New Orleans did fish, New York cows and Montana did moose.  As you tour Ocala and surrounding areas you will see many of these beautiful painted horses.

Horse O'Plenty


Affordability

Modern, affordably priced, single-family homes, condominiums, villas or patio homes are available.  More apartment complexes are being built every day, offering rental opportunities with monthly rates running from $350 to $900 for luxurious multi-room units.  Houses are priced from $60,000 for a starter home to rural estates and horse farms that begin in the neighborhood of $350,000.


Convenience

Whether the choice is a home in town or in the country, residents are never far from schools, health care providers, churches, shopping and commercial centers, governmental services, cultural and recreation activities and above all, the beauty that nature has bestowed upon Ocala and Marion County.

The scenic countryside, shady forests, and crystal-clear waterways are treasured and protected, but also willingly shared with visitors and newcomers who quickly realize that Marion County, with Ocala at its heart, is more than a place to live…it's a place to be experienced.


Economic Development

The Ocala area enjoys a strategic location in the center of Florida. This strategic location is among the reasons why Kmart Corporation chose Ocala as the site for a 1.5 million square foot distribution facility in 1991 with an additional 463,000 foot expansion in 1999. This structure is the largest of its kind in the Southeastern U.S.

Industries located in Ocala and the Marion County area have access to major markets and population centers using several interstate and US highways as well as railroads.  Access to global markets is provided through Ocala's Foreign Trade Zone, as well as two deep-water seaports and four international airports within 100 miles of Ocala.


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

City of Ocala - City of Ocala government and city services.

Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce

Ocala/Marion Visitor & Convention Bureau

Marion County Government - Marion County government and country services.

For statistical and census data on Ocala 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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