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Overview
Population:331,987
Pop. Change:28%
State: Florida
Metro Area:Ocala Metro Area
County:Marion
City:Ocala, Silver Springs Shores, ... 6 total
Zip Code:34491, 34472, ... 24 total
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Ocala's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Ocala Metro Area

Profile: Small city

Location: Central Florida, 60 miles east of Daytona Beach

Elevation: 75

Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

PROCON
Nearby recreation Violent crime
Attractive downtownHot, humid summers
EconomyIsolation

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.

Interesting Facts about the Ocala, Florida Metro Area

As of 2014, Ocala Metro Area's population is 331,987 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 28.22 percent.

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The median home cost in Ocala Metro Area is $98,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 3.20 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Ocala Metro Area's cost of living is 12.40% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Ocala Metro Area 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 Metro Area.

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The unemployment rate in Ocala Metro Area is 6.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Ocala Metro Area jobs have Increased by 1.13 percent.


Ranked #45 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Mid-Size Metro Areas)
Ranked #58 2005 Best Places to Live
Ranked #189 Best Green Cities
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Average Commute time is 25 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Ocala Metro Area's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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