Ocala

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and steeped in equestrian heritage, this astounding city captivates with its serene ambiance and vibrant community spirit.

Welcome to Ocala

An Equestrian Oasis


Nestled in the heart of Horse Country, Ocala exudes a charming blend of historic allure and natural splendor. Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and steeped in equestrian heritage, this astounding city captivates with its serene ambiance and vibrant community spirit.
 

What to Love

  • Ocala's rich equestrian culture, where horse enthusiasts and professionals alike converge to indulge in the passion for all things equine
  • The city's storied past and historic landmarks, preserved architecture, and fascinating museums
  • From lush forests to tranquil springs, Ocala boasts an abundance of natural wonders, inviting residents to explore scenic trails, paddle along pristine waterways, and revel in the splendor of the great outdoors.
  • The intriguing flavors of Ocala's culinary scene, where a myriad of dining establishments serve mouthwatering dishes ranging from Southern comfort fare to international cuisine

Local Lifestyle

Embrace the laid-back lifestyle of Ocala, where days are spent indulging in leisurely horseback rides through sprawling pastures, unwinding amidst the tranquil terrain of nature, and immersing oneself in the vibrant arts and creativity scene that thrives within the city's charming streets.
 

Dining and Shopping

Ocala beckons with a culinary tapestry that delights the senses, offering a plethora of dining options. Indulge in the vibrant flavors of Cajun cuisine at Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille, where you can try menu favorites like the Louisiana shrimp and crawfish pot pie. Savor authentic Latin American dishes at Latinos Y Mas, a family-owned dining destination since 1991. Embark on a culinary journey to India with a visit to Amrit Palace Indian Restaurant. For those seeking a taste of French-inspired cuisine, La Cuisine French Restaurant promises an unforgettable dining experience in the historic downtown setting.
 

Entertainment and Things to Do

Renowned as the "Horse Capital of the World," Ocala boasts a rich equestrian heritage, with sprawling horse farms and picturesque pastures dotting the landscape. Visitors can embark on guided tours of some of the country's most renowned horse farms or tackle the saddle themselves and meander through the scenic trails. Equestrian enthusiasts can also witness the excitement of horse shows and competitions held throughout the year at the World Equestrian Center-Ocala, showcasing the skill and grace of both horse and rider.

Head to Ocala Wetland Recharge Park to explore the boardwalk and scenic sights along the 2.5 miles of paved trails. Tuscawilla Park is another go-to spot for outdoor excursions, featuring jogging rails, outdoor art, picnic pavilions, and tranquil lakeside vistas. Art enthusiasts will feel right at home at the Appleton Museum of Art, which features unique exhibits in its permanent collection and hosts various creative programs.

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Overview for Ocala, FL

85,418 people live in Ocala, where the median age is 41.7 and the average individual income is $29,800.62. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

85,418

Total Population

41.7 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$29,800.62

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Ocala, FL

Ocala has 34,855 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Ocala do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 85,418 people call Ocala home. The population density is 962.61 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

85,418

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

41.7

Median Age

48.92 / 51.08%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
34,855

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$29,800.62

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Ocala, FL

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The following schools are within or nearby Ocala. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Howard Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
Madison Street Academy Of Visual And Performing Arts
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Oakcrest Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
South Ocala Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
College Park Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Marion Technical Institute
PUBLIC
8th - 12th
No rating available
Marion Virtual Franchise
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Ocali Charter Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
First Assembly Christian School & Daycare
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Montessori Preparatory School Of Ocala
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Blessed Trinity School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Marion Reg. Juvenile Detention Center
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
Ward-Highlands Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Dr N H Jones Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Vanguard High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Shiloh Sda School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
The Reading Clinic
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Christian Academy Of Hope
PRIVATE
1st - 11th
No rating available
Osceola Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
Wyomina Park Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Silver River Mentoring And Instruction
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
West Port High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
New Horizon Academy
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
The Cornerstone School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Dr Dd Brown Christian Academy Of Hope
PRIVATE
1st - 11th
No rating available
Ambleside School Of Ocala
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Ocala Christian Academy
PRIVATE
K - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
8th - 12th
No rating available
Eighth Street Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Fort King Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Pace Center For Girls Inc.
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
St John Lutheran School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Trinity Catholic High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Crossroads Academy
PRIVATE
3rd - 12th
No rating available
Kingdom Christian Academy
PRIVATE
1st - 8th
No rating available

Around Ocala, FL

There's plenty to do around Ocala, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
56
Bikeable
Bike Score
28
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, The Olive Oil Market, and Picasso's Palette.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 0.64 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.88 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.92 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.18 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.56 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.41 miles 16 reviews 4.9/5 stars

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