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Overview

Introduction to Ocala, Florida

Ocala is located in Marion County. The city is well known for its hundreds of thoroughbred horse farms. Ocala and Marion County are known as the "horse capital of the world." The horse farms are situated in attractive rolling green pastures. The area also features numerous rivers and lakes. Ocala National Forest and the well known Silver Springs are nearby.

History

The city of Ocala was founded in 1846 close to Fort King. Ocala is derived from the Timucua word "Ocali" which translates to "Big Hammock." In 1881 the railroad arrived in the town and stimulated the economy. About two years later a vast majority of the downtown area was decimated by a fire. The destruction motivated the citizens to rebuild the city with brick, steel and granite. Ocala became known as "The Brick City." The town was a prominent citrus growing area, until the "Big Freeze" occurred in 1894-1895. During the 20th Century Ocala became increasingly popular as a tourist destination.

Transportation

The city is served by the Ocala International Airport. Ocala Suntan offers bus transportation.

Historic Buildings

  • Coca Cola Building.
  • Marion Hotel.
  • Union Train Station.
  • Mount Zion A.M.E. Church.
  • E.C. Smith House.
  • East Hall.
  • Ritz Historic Inn.

Activities

  • Numerous equestrian venues including the Ocala Equestrian Complex which hosts major competitions.
  • Horse riding trails are located in the area.
  • Silver Springs is a nature theme park located nearby and features one of the biggest artesian springs in the world.
  • Fishing in the numerous lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Ocala National Forest features the largest sand pines forest in the world. It also contains natural springs and numerous hiking trails.
  • The Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area features the Lake George Trail.
  • Alexander Springs Recreation Area.
  • Juniper Springs offers swimming opportunities.
  • Wild Waters Water Park.

Attractions

  • Hundreds of thoroughbred horse farms.
  • Crystal River Archaeological State Park is a pre-Colombian Native American site situated near a large coastal marsh area.
  • The Appleton Museum of Art features a variety of art work and is a regional landmark.
  • Brick City Park & Discovery Science Center.
  • Coehadjoe Park.
  • Silver River State Park.
  • The Circle Square Cultural Center features well known entertainers.
  • Don Garlit's Museum of Drag Racing.
  • The prominent Horse Shows in the Sun.

Higher Education

The city is home to Central Florida Community College and Webster College.

People

Total Population 57,209
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 17.4%
Employed Population 16+ 21,073
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 37.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.8%
Median Earnings25+ $29,467
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,464
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,970

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,598
% Above Poverty Level 77.4%
% Below Poverty Level 22.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 37%
Median Gross Rent $793
Median House Value $116,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.1%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 8.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ocala Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles S of Gainesville, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles S of Jacksonville, Florida
County Marion
Metro Area Ocala
Standard Zip Codes 34470, 34471, 34472, 34473, 34474, 34475, 34476, 34479, 34480, 34481, 34482
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34477, 34478, 34483
Phone Area Codes 352
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.186
Longitude -82.14

Ocala Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station OCALA
Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 70 F
Apr Temp 56 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 61 to 84 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Station LISBON
Distance 30.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 68 F
Apr Temp 57 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 62 to 83 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Station BUSHNELL 2 E
Distance 36.2 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 71 F
Apr Temp 57 to 84 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 62 to 85 F
Annual Precip 49.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ocala, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Maricamp (34471, 34472, 34480)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belleview 4,612 $55,703
Dunnellon 1,783 $47,222
Lady Lake 14,312 $46,609
McIntosh 357 $49,821
Reddick 559 $36,250
Williston 2,730 $37,006

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ocala Public Libraries

Library
Marion County Public Library System
15 SOUTHEAST OSCEOLA AVENUE
Ocala, Florida
(352) 629-8551

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Ocala Hospitals

MUNROE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1500 SW FIRST AVE
(352) 351-7200
Emergency Service: Yes

OCALA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1431 SW FIRST AVE
(352) 401-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ocala High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

VANGUARD HIGH SCHOOL
7 NW 28TH STREET
352-671-4900
Serves 1,759 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
1614 SE FORT KING STREET
352-671-4700
Serves 1,748 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

LAKE WEIR HIGH SCHOOL
10351 SE MARICAMP ROAD
352-671-4820
Serves 1,681 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

WEST PORT HIGH SCHOOL
3733 SW 80TH AVENUE
352-291-4000
Serves 1,518 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

HILLCREST
3143 SE 17TH STREET
352-671-6800
A Special Education School
Serves 169 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7

SILVER RIVER MARINE INSTITUTE
1519 NE 22ND AVENUE
352-620-3601
A Non-traditional School
Serves 158 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

KINGSBURY ACADEMY
3130 SW 27TH AVENUE
352-237-2526
A Special Education School
A Title I School.
Serves 150 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

NI'KE ACADEMY
3130 SW 27TH AVENUE
352-237-2526
A Title I School.
Serves 123 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

STOREFRONT
2091 NE 35TH STREET
352-732-7656
Serves 108 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 36

MARION REG. JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER
3040 NW 10TH STREET
352-732-6542
A Non-traditional School
Serves 101 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

MARION YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER
2091 NE 35TH STREET
352-732-6542
Serves 90 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

COMMUNITY TECHNICAL & ADULT EDUCATION CENTER
1014 SW 7TH ROAD
352-671-7200
Serves 85 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.3

STUDENT SERVICES/ESE
512 SE 3RD STREET
352-671-6868
A Special Education School
Serves 43 students.

PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS INC.
1601 NE 25TH AVENUE
352-369-0571
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

MARION COUNTY JAIL
2091 NE 35TH STREET
352-732-6542
Serves 13 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.5

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