Ocala, FL


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Ocala, FL

About Ocala, FL

The Ocala, FL metropolitan area is an ideal place to visit or settle down. Here visitors can experience the warm Florida climate and explore attractions such as Silver Springs State Park, Ocala National Forest and many other parks perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. The region offers a range of economic opportunities in industries like plastics products manufacturing, retail stores plus construction services where many major companies operate from here too. All in all Ocala provides its residents with safe living conditions plus excellent educational facilities and plenty of year-round leisure activities. Small city - Central Florida, 60 miles east of Daytona Beach.

Location Details

State: Florida
County: Marion
Metro Area: Ocala Metro Area
City: The Villages, Ocala, 18 total
Zip Codes: 34472, 34491, 34471, 34482, 34476, 34470, 34480, 34473, 34481, 34474, 25 total
Cost of Living:
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 75 ft above sea level
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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.

Ocala Cost of Living
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Nearby recreation, attractive downtown, and economy make Ocala a great place to live.

$270,500
-25.0% lower than avg
$50,808
-35.8% lower than avg
$867 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-32.4% lower than avg
Ocala Crime
34.4 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Ocala, Florida
$51,840
for a family
$36,800
for a single person
Pros & Cons of Ocala
   Nearby recreation
Violent crime
   Attractive downtown
Hot, humid summers
   Economy
Isolation
Cost of Living