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Ocala is a city in Marion County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after a Timucua town.

The latitude of Ocala is 29.186N. The longitude is -82.14W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 69 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 47,921.


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Median household income
Local
$30,888
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Ocala demographic reports
Citrus center until freezes in the late 19th century pushed the industry south.

Known for the thoroughbred horses bred here.

Public transportation: SunTran (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 645. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 13.5 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1941 movie, "Moon Over Miami"
Well-known residents have included:
· Elizabeth Ashley, actress
· John Travolta, actor
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Ocala Storytelling Festival - April 13-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Ocala web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Central Florida Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Ocala National Forest, Silver River State Park
Historic sites and museums: Silver River Museum, Appleton Museum of Art, Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing
Colleges and universities: Central Florida Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 83

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Ocala demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Marion County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Ocala area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 34471 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Ocala residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Ocala ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Ocala was $18,021, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

19% of Ocala residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Ocala include Ocala Historic District, Tuscawilla Park Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Ocala, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $430.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $794.


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Libraries in Ocala include Freedom Public Library, Marion Oaks Public Library, Ocala Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Ocala include Ocala Star-Banner

TV stations in Ocala include WOGX.

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Politics

Marion County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Ocala political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Ocala workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 43 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Ocala between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 9.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.

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