Ocala, in Marion County, Northern Florida, is a city just west of the Ocala National Forest. Homes in Ocala are mostly recently-built (since 1975) and tend to be priced lower than the national average. Single-family homes are readily available, as are vacant lots. There are also a few multi-family properties available, including some condominiums.
Several neighborhoods comprise Ocala, including City Center, Camp Roosevelt and Marion Oaks. Each of these communities is considered suburban based on population density and contains a mix of small- to large- single family homes as well as small apartment buildings. The Camp Roosevelt area is one area where you will find mobile homes in Ocala. Ocala Ridge, on the west side of town, is a mostly owner-occupied area with small- to medium-sized homes and larger apartment complexes. Structures in this area mostly date from 1970 to 1999, but there are a few newer homes at Ocala Ridge, as well. Silver Springs Shores is a community located in the southeast area of Ocala, close to the National Forest, and is both owner-occupied and renter-occupied. The homes here are mostly medium- to small-sized single-family homes and mobile homes built between 1970 and 1999. A few homes in and around Silver Springs Shores were constructed in 2000 or later.
Several companies have a major presence in Ocala, including Emergency One, a company that designs rescue vehicles. However, the single largest employer in town is Marion County Public Schools. The school district reportedly employed just under five percent (6,071) of the local residents in 2014. The next largest employer in the area is Munroe Regional Medical Center, with 2,648 employees, followed by the State of Florida, with 2,600 local employees. Retailers Wal-Mart and Publix Supermarkets also made the top-ten list, employing 2,370 and 1,488 people, respectively, in 2014. The City of Ocala employed more than 900 people that year, and AT&T employed 1,000. Lockheed Martin’s Ocala assembly facility is another significant area employer.