Marion County

Marion County was established from portions of Alachua and Mosquito (Orange) Counties in 1844 and named for General Francis Marion, "Swamp Fox" of the Revolutionary War. 

Marion County is located in Central Florida south of Gainesville bordering Citrus, Sumter, Lake, Volusia, Putnam, Alachua and Levy Counties. 

Marion County Florida Image Map
Population - 2000
258,916
Population - 2010
331,303
Population - 2015 Est
341,205
Land Area (sq mi)
1,585
Water Area (sq mi)
78
Total Area (sq mi)
1,663
Average Rainfall
52
Temperature - Average High
81
Temperature - Average Low
59

Marion County School District is headquartered in Ocala, Florida. The school district has authority over approximately 60 schools in the area, including charter schools and special needs schools.

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This is a country radio station that covers 14 counties in Florida playing a variety of today's best country hits. Listen to win concert tickets and other prizes, or text 877-937-7883 for song requests, questions, or comments. 

The mission of The Cornerstone School is to inspire students to be passionate learners who think creatively and independently, and to nurture in them a sense of purpose guided by the values of tolerance, integrity, and mutual respect.

These are two local gated parks that large and small dogs can come to. They are closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays. 

Marion County includes 40 Parks Sites which feature boating, swimming, sports fields, hiking trails, and “one-of-a-kind” play areas for children. Some key locations include the Rainbow River, Brick City Adventure Park, John Van Fleet Sports Complex, and Horseshoe Lake Park and Retreat. Take a break from technology with the amenities of nature and reconnect with the world around you.

The Marion County Public Library System has 8 branches, 3 in Ocala and 1 in Belleview, Dunnellon, Ocklawaha, McCoy, and Reddick. The headquarters is in Ocala.

The Ocala Civic Theatre is a community theatre located in the Appleton Cultural Center in Ocala. It is one of the largest community theatres in Florida. 

CHEA is a wonderful way to stay connected to other homeschooling families. We have much to offer your family in the area of resources, field trips, clubs, activities and much more. 

An online and offline group for all homeschooling families grades K-12 who live in Ocala and surrounding areas. We welcome all homeschoolers, regardless of homeschooling method, group affiliate or religion (or lack of one).