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.
"In 2007, Ocala/Marion County was officially named the “Horse Capital of the World™,” a testament to the County’s unique involvement in all things equestrian and its record of producing some of the finest champions in the sport. With a beautiful, mild climate all year long and soil rich with limestone calcium for strong bones, Ocala/Marion County is home to more horses than anywhere else in the country." (Ocala/Marion County Visitors & Convention Bureau)
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. MCA has donated over $1.5 million to the arts and other charitable organizations in Ocala/Marion County and established a Cultural Endowment fund of $900,000. MCA has supported local arts organizations with over $310,000 through its annual Cultural Grant Awards. 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.