Ocala Garners Top 10 Rankings – US News & World Report!

For 30 years, US News and World Report has been an expert resource offering statistical rankings on the nation’s top regions for real estate, schools, healthcare, automobiles, investments, and vacation destinations. Ocala Horse Properties is proud to announce that US News and World Report has just released its annual rankings, and Ocala has made the top 10 list in several key categories!

Ocala Horse Properties' Hampton Lane featured listing near the World Equestrian Center. Photo credit: Ocala Horse Properties

Ocala Horse Properties’ Hampton Lane featured listing near the World Equestrian Center. Photo credit: Ocala Horse Properties

The city of Ocala, with its vibrant and revitalized downtown, is the hub of our expanding community – one that offers a diversity of dining and entertainment choices. Poised on the edge of our beautiful horse country, Ocala offers the best of both worlds for those who like to live with access to a growing urban environment and diverse wide open spaces. Living in Ocala means you can enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities by day, and an abundance of entertainment options by night.

US News and World Report wrote this accurate description of our wonderful region:

“Known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” Ocala maintains deep equestrian roots even as the area evolves into a diverse metropolitan community.

“The rolling hills and green pastures of surrounding horse farms meld into the urban center of the city, where a burgeoning logistics industry takes advantage of the centralized location in the heart of Florida.  A vibrant, historic downtown features Victorian-era homes framing a city square with an active food scene and nightlife. A creative impulse locally fuels independent movie makers, artisanal brewers, painters and sculptors.

“The proving ground of Kentucky Derby winners, every year the top thoroughbreds in North America come to Ocala to learn how to become racehorses.”  Source Link US News & World Report

Ocala Ranked as Top 10 Best Places

The team at Ocala Horse Properties was impressed, but not surprised, to learn that US News and World Report has Ocala ranked within the top 10 “Best Places” in the United States in the following categories:

#5 in Fastest-Growing Places
#6 in Best Places to Retire
#10 in Best Places to Live in Florida

The article also went on to praise Marion County for its access to so many recreational activities including golf, hiking, horseback riding, boating and exploring our state parks. Ocala was also featured as the 69th best overall place to live in the USA due to it’s healthy economy, competitive home values and affordable cost of living. Although the Marion County area has been a popular choice for retirement (it’s #6 in the country), 50% of the population is below 50.  In addition, Ocala was sited as a growth region with younger generations flocking to the Marion County for the lifestyle and opportunity.

At Ocala Horse Properties, our team of realtors know this region inside and out. We love living in Ocala and truly enjoy giving prospective clients a tour of Marion County and our real estate listings. From single family homes located in golf communities to expansive horse farms, our team is here to assist you in finding your perfect Ocala home or horse farm. Don’t hesitate to check out our Featured Listings and give us a call today at (352) 615-8891 to schedule your tour.  We look forward to seeing you.