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Ocala, FL 1 of 110 Active Retirement Communities Location
Ivan Gillis
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 State:     Florida


City:       Ocala


Ocala is a city in Marion County, Florida, United States. As of 2007, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 53,491.  It is the county seat of Marion County, and the principal city of the Ocala, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated 2007 population of 324,857.


Ocala was established in 1846 by Matthew Edward Hall near the site of Fort King, a military outpost of the Seminole Wars. Ocala is a derivation of the Timucua word "Ocali" which is believed to mean the "Big Hammock". Hernando de Soto passed through a Timucua village or province named Ocali or Ocale near the present site of Ocala during his famous expedition through what is today the southeastern United States in 1539. Greater Ocala is known as the "Kingdom of the Sun".


In December 1890, the Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union, a forerunner of the Populist Party held its national convention in Ocala. At the convention, the Alliance adopted a platform that would become known as the "Ocala Demands." This platform included abolition of national banks, low interest government loans, free and unlimited coinage of silver, reclamation of excess railroad lands by the government, a graduated income tax, and direct election of United States senators. Most of the "Ocala Demands" were to become part of the Populist Party platform.


Ocala was an important center of citrus production until the Great Freeze of 1894-1895.


The first thoroughbred horse farm in Florida was created by Carl G. Rose in 1943.


In 1956, the Ocala area Thoroughbred industry received a boost when Needles became the first Florida-bred to win the Kentucky Derby. In 1978, Marion County-bred and -raised Affirmed won the Triple Crown. Today, Marion County is one of the major thoroughbred centers of the world, with over 1,200 horse farms in total and about 900 thoroughbred farms totaling some 77,000 acres. Ocala is well known as the horse capital of the world, one of only five cities (four in the USA and one in France) permitted under Chamber of Commerce guidelines to use this title based on annual revenue produced by the horse industry. There are some 44,000 jobs created by the breeding, training and related support brought about by the equine industry that generates over 2.2 Billion dollars of annual revenue.


There are over 100 different breads aside from thoroughbreds including the Tennessee Walker, Paso Fino, Morgans, SaddleBreds, Drafts, and of course the beloved American Quarter Horse.


Ocala/Marion County is known as the Horse Capital of the World.


Ocala is the headquarters of Emergency One, a worldwide designer and manufacturer of fire rescue vehicles.


Ocala is also known for nearby Silver Springs, Florida, site of one of the largest artesian spring formations in the world and Silver Springs Nature Theme Park, one of the earliest tourist attractions in Florida.


.Income & Housing Costs Numbers:


Estimated median household income in 2008: $38,842 (it was $30,888 in 2000)





Estimated per capita income in 2008: $22,526

Estimated median house or condo value in 2008: $165,902 (it was $71,700 in 2000)





Mean prices in 2008: All housing units: $191,338; Detached houses: $205,182; Townhouses or other attached units: $134,527; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $118,218; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $135,923; Mobile homes: $18,617; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $16,424

Dec. 2009 cost of living index in Ocala: 85.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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