Located in Central Florida, Marion County comprises the Ocala FL Metropolitan Statistical Area. The City of Ocala is the county seat. Marion County has a total area of 1,663 square miles, of which 1,585 square miles is land and 78 square miles is water. The motto for Marion County is “Kingdom of the Sun.” Considered the southernmost county in North Central Florida, Marion County is generally composed of beautiful rolling hills. The majority of its trees consist of live oaks, pine, and palm trees.
Farms in Marion County are known for breeding champion race horses. Only 5 cities in the world are permitted under Chamber of Commerce guidelines to be called “Horse Capital of the world.” The city of Ocala just so happens to be 1 out of 4 that are located in America. Ocala has more than 70,000 acres of thoroughbred breeding and training farms, which makes Ocala/Marion County capital to all things equine.
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Marion County is conveniently located about a two-hour drive from many of Florida’s major cities. Orlando is 75 minutes to the southeast; Daytona Beach is about 90 minutes to the east; Tampa is about 75 minutes to the southwest and Jacksonville is around a two-hour drive northeast from Marion County.
Cities in Marion County include: Belleview, Dunnellon and Ocala. Towns include: McIntosh and Reddick. Unincorporated communities include: Anthony, Citra, Early Bird, Fort McCoy, Marion Oaks, Ocklawaha, Orange Lake, Orange Springs, Rainbow Lakes Estates, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield and The Villages (partly). Adjacent counties to Marion include: Putnam County (northeast), Volusia County (east), Lake County (southeast), Sumter County (south), Citrus County (southwest), Levy County (west) and Alachua County (northwest).
Marion County gets approximately 52 inches of rain per year and no snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 114. On average, the county boasts 233 sunny days per year with July highs around 92 degrees and January lows around 46 degrees. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 25 out of 100 – the U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.
The population of Marion County is 331,987 – with 210 people per square mile (population density). The median age is 47.4. 56.18% of people are married, and 12.64% are divorced. The average household size is 2.41 people. 21.63% of people are married with children, and 14.15% have children, but are single.
The median home value in Marion County is $98,100. The median age of Marion County real estate is 22 years. Renters make up 18.94% of the county population and 17.74% of houses and apartments are unoccupied (vacancy rate).
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Whether you’re interested in single-family homes, luxury homes, new construction homes, gated-community homes, equestrian homes, horse farms, 55+active adult community homes, golf homes, pool homes, town homes or condominiums, Marion County offers a vast array of housing and lifestyle options to choose from.
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Utility service providers for Marion County homes for sale include:
- Gas: Peoples Gas
- Electric: Ocala Electric Utility & SECO Energy
- Internet, Phone & Cable: Bright House Cable, CenturyLink & Xfinity
- Water: Marion Utilities
Schools & Education
The quality of a school district is often a top factor for parents considering where to live. Strong school systems attract new residents and help their cities prosper. Marion County Homes for sale fall under Marion County School District. The school system includes: 28 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 1 4-8 school, 1 K-8 center, 10 high schools, 3 charter schools and 14 special needs schools.
The county is home to the College of Central Florida. There are 7 other colleges/universities within 50 miles of Ocala, which include: Taylor College, Beacon College, Lake Sumter Community College, University of Florida, City College of Gainsville, Santa Fe College and Saint Johns River State College.
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Both the retail and manufacturing industries are steadily growing in Marion County. Marion County offers a convenient location, with friendly people and enthusiasm to help the area and its businesses succeed economically. The county’s top employers include: T. L. Wallace Construction, Marion General Hospital, Pioneer Aerospace, Crown Health Care Laundry, Southern Tire Mart, Jones Companies Corporate, Quality Manufacturing, MDR Construction, Looks Great Services
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The unemployment rate in Marion County, Florida, is 6.60%, with job growth of 1.13%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 35.70%. The income per capita is $22,191, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $39,770. Marion County sales tax rate is 6.00%
Hospitals & Medical Centers
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The average one-way commute in Marion County takes 25 minutes. 81% of commuters drive their own car alone, 11% carpool with others and 5% work from home.
Interstate 75 runs north and south across the central part of the county – with interchanges at County Road 484 (exit 341), SR 200 (exit 350) SR 40 (exit 352), US 27 (exit 354) SR 326 (exit 358), and CR 318 (exit 368).
Ocala International Airport is a city-owned public airport, five miles west of Ocala, in Marion County. Gainesville Regional Airport is approximately 45 miles from the center of Ocala. Bus service for the county is provided by Suntran. Greyhound Bus Lines also serves the county.
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