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About Ocala, Florida

Horse Capital of the World

From natural wonders and outdoor adventure to world class sporting facilities and culture, every experience is close by. Internationally renowned among equestrians, cyclists and geologists, Ocala / Marion County still feels like a hidden gem to those who aren’t already insiders. And yet, when you’re here, you’re never an outsider.

Ocala’s history dates back to the 16th century and a major Timucua village named Ocale, and it derives its name Ocala from it. In the late 18th century, Native Americans and fugitive African Americans sought refuge in Florida and the Seminole people were formed.

The modern city of Ocala was established in 1849 around Fort King, which was built in 1827 by the US Army. Greater Ocala is known as the “Kingdom of the Sun” In the late 19th century, Ocala was an important center of citrus production. The railroads reached Ocala in 1881 which encouraged economic development and gave access to more markets of production. On Thanksgiving day in 1883 a great fire destroyed most of the city, which was then rebuilt mostly in brick, granite and steel, giving it a name “The Brick City”.

In 1943 the first thoroughbred horse farm in Florida was established in Marion County by Carl G. Rose. This led to further horse farm development in Ocala and surrounding towns, making Ocala a horse breeding area.

Ocala is now one of only 5 cities (4 in the US and 1 in France) permitted under Chamber of Commerce to use the tile “Horse Capital of the World”.

Based on annual revenue produced by the horse industries, there are over 44,000 jobs created for the breeding, training, maintaining and other equine related jobs in the farms of Ocala. These jobs generate over $2.2 billion in annul revenue. Ocala and Postime Farms host one of the larges horse shows in the country called “Horses in the Sun”. Other equine events include endurance rides, mounted shooting by the Florida Outlaws, barrel races, jumper shows, extreme cowboy events, trick shows, parades, rodeo events and draft pulls.

Currently Ocala’s population is 65,047. The city is growing at a rate of 1.13%.

Average household income in Ocala is $65,713 with a poverty rate of 19.17%. The median cost in rent is $973 per month and the median house value is $149,800.

As of 2014 census, Ocala’s demographics were as follows:

  • 72.93% White non-Hispanic
  • 18.63% African American
  • 4.54% Two or more races
  • 0.7% Asian
  • 0.18 Native American
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%

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The public schools in Ocala are run by the Marion County School Board. There are 30 elementary, ten middle and ten public high schools in Marion County, which include the following schools in Ocala:

Elementary schools

  • Anthony Elementary School
  • College Park
  • Dr. N. H. Jones
  • Eighth Street
  • Evergreen
  • Greenway
  • Ward-Highlands
  • Wyomina Park
  • Emerald Shores Elementary School
  • Fessenden Elementary School
  • Fort McCoy School (K–8)
  • Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary School
  • Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (Magnet)
  • Maplewood Elementary School
  • Marion Oaks Elementary School
  • Oakcrest Elementary School
  • Ocala Springs Elementary School
  • Reddick-Collier Elementary School
  • Saddlewood Elementary School
  • Shady Hill Elementary School
  • South Ocala Elementary School
  • Sparr Elementary School
  • Sunrise Elementary School

Middle schools

  • Fort King
  • Howard
  • Liberty Middle School
  • Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks (5–8)
  • Osceola Middle School
  • North Marion Middle School

High schools

Private schools

  • Ambleside School Of Ocala grades K–8[23]
  • Blessed Trinity School grades K–9
  • Children’s Palace East & Academy grades K–2
  • The Cornerstone School grades PK–8[24]
  • Crossroads Academy grades 3–12
  • Grace Academy Grades K–2
  • Grace Christian School grades PK–8
  • Meadowbrook Academy grades K–12[25]
  • Montessori Preparatory School grades K–5
  • New Generation School grades K–12
  • Ocala Christian Academy grades PK–12[26]
  • Ocean’s High School grades PK–12
  • Promiseland Academy grades K–7
  • First Assembly Christian School grades K–12[27]
  • The Reading Clinic grades 2–6
  • Redeemer Christian School grades K3–12
  • The Rock Academy grades PK–9
  • The School of the Kingdom grades 1–12
  • Shiloh SDA Church School[28]
  • Belleview Christian Academy grades PK–12
  • St John Lutheran School grades PK–12
  • Trinity Catholic grades 9–12

Colleges and universities

Ocala is home to the College of Central Florida, a member of the Florida College System, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. CF offers bachelor’s degrees in Business and Organizational Management, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing, as well as associate degrees and certificates. The college offers specialty programs in equine studies, agribusiness, and logistics and supply chain management. It also has one of 21 campuses of Rasmussen College, a Higher Learning Commission regionally accredited post secondary institution. Webster University offers on-site, regionally accredited graduate degree programs in business and counseling at their Ocala Metropolitan Campus.

Major Roads

Several major highways pass through Ocala, including Interstate 75, U.S. Highway 27, U.S. Route 301, and U.S. Highway 441. Ocala was on the western leg of the historic Dixie Highway

  • I-75.svg Interstate 75 runs north and south across the western edge of the city, with interchanges at SR 200 (exit 350), SR 40 (exit 352), and US 27 (exit 354).
  • US 27.svg U.S. Route 27 runs north and south throughout Ocala. It is multiplexed with US 301 and 441 until it reaches SR 492(Northwest 10th Street), then makes a sharp turn onto NW 10th Street then curves northwest through Williston, Perry, Tallahassee, and beyond.
  • US 301.svg U.S. Route 301 is the main local north and south road through Ocala. It is multiplexed with US 27 until it reaches Northwest 10th Street, and with US 441 throughout the city.
  • US 441.svg U.S. Route 441 is the main local north and south road through Ocala. It is multiplexed with US 27 until it reaches Northwest 10th Street, and with US 301 throughout the city.
  • Florida 492.svg State Road 492 runs east and west through the northern part of the city from the northern terminus of the US 27 multiplex with US 301–441 to SR 40 just southwest of the Silver Springs city limit.
  • Florida 40.svg State Road 40 runs east and west through Ocala. It spans from Rainbow Lakes Estates through Ocala National Forest to Ormond Beach in Volusia County, although a bi-county extension exists, spanning from Yankeetown in Levy County to Dunnellon, south of the western terminus of SR 40.
  • Florida 464.svg State Road 464 runs east and west from SR 200 through the southeastern part of the city. Beyond the city limits, it continues southeast towards State Road 35, and continues as County Road 464.
  • Florida 200.svg State Road 200 runs northeast and southwest from Hernando in Citrus County through US 27-301-441 where it becomes a “hidden state road” along US 301 until it reaches Callahan, and is multiplexed with SR A1A into Fernandina Beach.

Ocala Homes for Sale

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horse properties in Ocala, FL

13776 NE Jacksonville Rd, Citra, FL 32113

$ 1,400,000
This beautiful 41 acre training facility has one of the most coveted 5/8 dirt tracks on it. It just sold for $1,400,000
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6382 Southwest 21st Court Road Ocala, FL 34471

$ 649,000
This 4 bedroom 3 bath home has an updated eat in kitchen with a huge walk in pantry and granite counter tops that opens to the large pool area with french doors.
43 1 2,807 ft2

4060 SE 25th Ter, OCALA, FL 34480

$ 576,792
This large home has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths with a convenient split plan for guests recently sold for $576,000
4 1
4060 Southeast 25th Terrace Ocala, FL 34480

4060 Southeast 25th Terrace, Ocala, FL 34480

$ 475,000
Most affordable home for many moons in the popular family subdivision of Deep Woods. This large home has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths with a convenient split plan for guests or a Mother in Law area.
54 1 3,884 ft2
4775 NW 80th Ct, Ocala, FL 34482

4775 NW 80th Ct, Ocala, FL 34482

$ 380,000
Golden Hills 3/2 with new everything from roof to floor and everything in between-total renovation !
32 1 1,788 ft2
9781 SW 190th Terrace Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432

9781 SW 190th Terrace Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432

$ 370,600
3 bedroom 2 bathroom home just sold on 8/7/2023 for $370,600 by Ocala and Dunnellon Realtor and Real Estate Agent Laura Paynter.
32 1 2,093 ft2
4400 NW 78th Ave, Ocala, FL 34482

4400 NW 78th Ave, Ocala, FL 34482

$ 357,500
4400 NW 78th Ave is a 2,832 square foot house on a 0.76 acre lot with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
32 1 2,832 ft2
17375 SE 82nd Pecan Ter, The Villages, FL 32162

17375 SE 82nd Pecan Ter, The Villages FL 32162

$ 290,000
17375 SE 82nd Pecan Ter is a 1,160 square foot house on a 3,485 square foot lot with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
22 1 1,160 ft2

5455 SW 176th Ave, DUNNELLON, FL 34432

$ 258,484
This peaceful 2 bedroom & 2 bathroom home is zoned for horses yet close to shopping recently sold for $258,484.
2 1
5064 NW 18th St, Ocala, FL 34482

5064 NW 18th St, Ocala, FL 34482

$ 254,200
A wonderfully updated home in the popular Ocala Palms subdivision, with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms sold for $254,200 by Laura Paynter.
22 1 1,142 ft2

0 Hwy 316, Reddick, FL 32686

$ 250,000
Opportunity for those with visions,10 acre lot within Marion County’s peaceful countryside, recently sold for $250,000.
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5455 SW 176th Ave, DUNNELLON, FL 34432

5455 SW 176th Ave, Dunnellon FL 34432

$ 240,000
This 2.5 acres and manufactured 1184 sq ft home sold for $240,000 in 2022. It was listed by Laura Paynter, a top Ocala Realtor.
22 1 1,184 ft2
8100 NW 48th Ln Ocala, FL 34482

8100 NW 48th Ln, Ocala, FL 34482

$ 240,000
Here's a fabulous rental opportunity in the beautiful NW area of Ocala. This fully updated 3-bedroom 2-bath property feels like a home! Located in the Forest Villas area of Golden Hills with over 2300 s.f. of living space.
32 1 2,335 ft2
662 Silver Pass OCALA, FL 34472

662 Silver Pass, Ocala, FL 34472

$ 230,000
Take a look at this amazing recently renovated home on over 1/2 acre. The back of the home has beautiful views of the golf course fairway and mature oak trees.
33 1 2,258 ft2
Reddick home for sale 18688 N US HIGHWAY 441

18688 N US Highway 441 , Reddick, FL 32686

$ 229,500
A beautifully renovated manufactured home on a large 0.8 acres with a fenced and gated lot is available for sale for $249,900.
32 1 1,152 ft2
9866 SW 59TH CIRCLE Ocala FL

9866 SW 59TH Circle, Ocala FL 34476

$ 220,000
3 Bedroom and 2 bathroom home in Cherrywood Estates is available for sale for $235,000.
32 1 1,628 ft2

5404 NW 76th Ct, Ocala, FL 34482

$ 202,000
This home on the 2nd fairway and 3rd green is full of character and newly renovated throughout. It was last sold for $205,000.
33 1 2,018 ft2
Silver Springs Florida Homes for sale

5685 SW 136th Ave, Ocala, FL 34481

$ 195,000
The perfect setting for a quiet family life on this peaceful street in the country with an easy commute to either Ocala or Dunnellon.
32 1 2,746 ft2
4810 NW 44th Ter, Ocala, FL 34482

4810 NW 44th Ter, Ocala, FL 34482

$ 169,900
This affordably priced home is very close to WEC and HITS and it sold for $169,900 by Laura Paynter your Ocala Realtor.
32 1 1,230 ft2
4511 NW 79th Terrace Rd Ocala, FL 34482

4511 NW 79th Terrace Rd Ocala, FL 34482

$ 145,000
Enjoy the easy living offered by this fully furnished, spacious and lovely 3-bedroom 2-bathroom home with a wide open view of the 9th hole of the Ocala National Golf Course in Golden Hills. It’s in the peaceful Village of Ascot Heath townhome, nestled into the Golden Hills community and located across the road from Golden Ocala and the World Equestrian Center in NW Ocala. ...
22 1 1,684 ft2
5401 NW 54th Pl, Ocala, FL 34482

5401 NW 54th Pl, Ocala, FL 34482

$ 123,000
What a great value in popular Ocala Park Estates. This 1990 home has a very nice double lot with .46 acres. that has mature Oak trees and landscaping.
32 1 1,102 ft2
6201 E Ave, McIntosh, FL 32664

6201 Avenue E, McIntosh, FL 32664

$ 105,000
A great open floor plan with a nice size kitchen open to the main living area with 2 bedrooms and one bath typical of this time period.
21 1 1,040 ft2

4337 NE 172nd Ter, SILVER SPRINGS, FL 34488

$ 40,000
This mobile home is located near St Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers and minutes away from hunting. Sold for $40,000
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Ocala Land for Sale in Lake Weir Preserve


$ 25,000
A beautiful 0.27 acre lot is now available in the up and coming Lake Weir Reserve area. Presented by Laura Paynter for $25,000.
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