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Ocala with a population of nearly 60,000 is located in north central Florida. With nearly perfect weather year-round, Marion County offers an endless panorama of natural beauty, historic landmarks, and man-made diversity which are a constant source of pleasure and recreation for resident and visitor alike. The county is a successful blend of past and present. Our own backyard includes Silver Springs - Nature's Theme Park, the Ocala National Forest, the rolling green fields of horse farms, historic districts and city streets canopied by 100-year-old trees, outstanding golf courses, friendly communities, crystal-clear rivers, and fresh-water springs. The scenic landscape is graced by the pastoral beauty of more than 900 horse farms with plenty of green space for all to enjoy.
Ocala is located along Interstate 75 approximately half-way between Atlanta and Miami, 75 miles North of Orlando, 39 miles South of Gainesville, 96 miles northeast of Tampa, and 102 miles Southwest of Jacksonville. Residents and businesses alike enjoy a high quality of life and a relatively low cost of living. Quality healthcare and one of Florida’s lowest housing cost locations secure Marion County’s standing as a great place to live.
Munroe Regional Medical Center is a 421 bed facility with 425 physicians on staff. Munroe Regional Medical Center serves an area population of 880,000 residents: Citrus, Lake, Levy, Marion and Sumter counties. The hospital is a nationally recognized cardiovascular and stroke care center. Munroe provides a comprehensive range of critical care specialties. The Heart and Vascular Center, established in 1988 and now known as Munroe Heart, is nationally recognized for excellence in cardiac diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation. The hospital has 101,189 annual ER visits, with 2,550 annual births, nearly 12,000 surgeries annually (inpatient/outpatient) and 15 Operating Rooms/Suites. This facility is a leader in healthcare in the north central Florida area.