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Welcome to Marion County ...

Time Zone: Marion County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Ocala is the Seat for Marion County.

Marion County was founded March 14, 1844. Marion was created by taking area from Alachua, Hillsborough and Orange Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2019, <1> Marion had a population of 365,997 people. This is an increase of 10.47% since the last Census (which gave a population of 331,298 people in 2010).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Marion represented 1.76% of the total population of Florida.

Below are some of the communities located in Marion County:

  • Belleview
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Dunnellon
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the west)
  • McIntosh
    (22 miles [35.4 km] to the north)
  • Ocala
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ocala
    • Ocala is located in Marion County (FL)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 61,669 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ocala <2>
  • Reddick
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the north)

Websites of Interest ...

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2010 Census and the next count will be for the 2020 Census.
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.


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