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Pros

-Nearby recreation
-Attractive downtown
-Economy

Cons

-Violent crime
-Hot, humid summers
-Isolation


What Bert Has To Say About Ocala Metro Area


Ocala, a small agricultural and manufacturing center, is about halfway between Gainesville to the north and Orlando to the southeast. With its attractive tree-lined streets and Old South–style homes, it more resembles a typical Southern city than a Florida city or beach town. Ocala is the capital of Florida’s thoroughbred industry, and ranching and horse-breeding are popular.

Just east of town is the Ocala National Forest, a preserve of Florida pines, cypress, and hardwood trees with water and plenty of recreation. The area has above average historic and natural interest. Manufacturing is mostly light, with household goods, auto parts and some electronics manufacturing, and recent employment trends are favorable. Cost of living and housing, following Florida trends, has increased. The location is a bit isolated from Orlando’s services and amenities, 75 miles away.

The level area is characterized by a mix of open land and areas of medium-size trees, some tropical in nature. Summers are warm and humid with maximum temperatures averaging a little more than 90 degrees. Winters are mild with daytime temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, but with some occasional freezing. Rainfall is appreciable in every month but most comes from summer afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Ocala does not have a serious hurricane risk because of its inland location.


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Quick Facts About Ocala


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Ocala is 6.10 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Ocala jobs have Increased by 1.13 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Ocala's cost of living is 14.10% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Ocala's population is 56,598 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 12.30 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Ocala is $89,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.80 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Ocala public schools spend $10,399 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.7 students per teacher in Ocala.

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Comments


re: Ocala is a great place to live - 3/9/2013
Why is this not a place for single people? I am looking to relocate to Florida. I have an 8 year old daughter and I am a single female in my early 30's. I am a... (read more)
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Not a bad place to live if you could turn the heat... (read more)
Forget Ocala
This sleepy small town has the highest rate of unemployment of any city in Florida. There is an overflow of rednecks. There is no culture. Home prices are low because... (read more)
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