Located on the northern end central Florida, Ocala is a sizable city within Marion County and a favorite of both full-time residents and visitors alike, having been voted an ‘All-America City’. Sleek town homes, tropically inspired condos, and southern style Floridian Plantations all belong within the wide-ranging housing market of Ocala, which is as diverse as it is accommodating. Family homes and smaller starter cottages are both popular in this scenic, rapidly growing Florida town.
The expansive growth of Ocala in recent years has prompted a similar ballooning of its residential areas, which are interspersed with tourist attractions, amenities, and retail spaces. Broadly, the city can be divided into several different segments, including NE Ocala, NW Ocala, Silver Springs, SE Ocala, Belleview, Summerfield, Dunnelion, and SE Ocala. Each of these sections contain a number of unique new residential developments. Additionally, many of the historically relevant areas of the city have been preserved and many of them have been revitalized. Ocala has a very large historical residential district, which was designated over 30 years ago. Some of its landmarks, which are also on the National Register for Historic Places, are the Coca-Cola Building, the E.C. Smith House, East Hall, the Ritz Historic Inn, and Union Train Station. One National Historic Landmark located in Ocala is the King House.
Besides being known as a magnet for visitors because of its equestrian culture and its beautiful natural springs, Ocala is also a city supported by education, healthcare, government, retail and commerce, and industry, in addition to tourism and leisure. Some of the top employers in the city are the Marion County Public Schools, the Munroe Regional Medical Center, the State of Florida, Walmart, the Ocala Regional Medical Center, Publix, the Marion County Government, AT&T, the City of Ocala, and Lockheed Martin. The public school system alone, which manages several dozen schools in the area, has a workforce of over 5,000 individuals.