Size: 1,663 square miles
Land area: 1,579 square miles.
Water area: 84 square miles
The county is 5.06% water
It is the fifth largest county in the state
Elevation: approximately 104 feet above sea level
Geography: A generally rolling terrain
Located in a predominately rural area of the state, Marion County was ranked the 16th most populous county in Florida (1998). It is home to nearly 250,000 people, the majority of whom live in unincorporated areas. There are five incorporated cities that make up Marion County: Belleview, Dunnellon, McIntosh, Ocala and Reddick. Ocala is the county seat, and has a population of almost 50,000, nearly 20 percent of the county’s residents (1998), making it the largest city in the county. Though Marion County is the 16th most populous counties in the state, its large size (1,610 square miles) yields a density of roughly 160 persons per square mile, which is lower that the state density of 288 persons per square mile.
The population of Marion County was:
2010 309,243 (Projection)
Other population figures:
2000 – 106,755 households
2000 – 74,621 families
The per capita income in Marion County was:
1998 – $21,533
Marion County has a sub-tropical climate
Winter highs average 69 degrees F.
Summer highs average 93 degrees F.
Winter lows average 45 degrees F.
Summer lows average 72 degrees F.
Temperature extremes do occur going into the 90’s in the summer and the 30’s in the winter, but this is only occasional.
Average annual rainfall: 53 inches
Most of the rain falls during the summer thunderstorms. There are about 116 rain days each year.