Location and Weather
Ocala is in north-central Florida about 35 miles southeast of Gainesville. It is the horse country of Florida with beautiful horse ranches and a thriving horse culture. With rolling hills and a more seasonal year for Florida, Ocala is perfect for outdoor activities with many recreation springs nearby.
The warm season is from May through September with temperatures above 83 degrees. The lows are in the mid 70’s. Ocala has a 3-month cool season from December to early March. Then, the temperature is below 66 degrees with an average low of 44 degrees.
Population, Job Market and Cost of Living
Ocala’s population was 59,110 in 2017 with an annual growth rate of 1.18%. It has a small, rural feel with lots of beautiful land and wildlife. The acres of horse ranches with white fences and impressive horse stables make Ocala a truly unique town.
The cost of living is low in Ocala and Gainesville nearby provides lots of activities for its University of Florida students and community. From Gator football games to constant concerts during the school year, there is plenty to do in the area. Ocala has seen a 2.3% job market increase since last year. The ten-year future growth is predicted to be 37.6%. Contributing to that growth are the largest industries in Ocala: Health Care, Retail and Hotels and Food Service. Closet Maid is headquartered in Ocala.
With Ocala’s reputation as beautiful horse country, a steady and growing job market, plenty of land, low cost of living and nearby by collegiate activities, Ocala will continue to attract new residents.
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