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Old 06-30-2013, 09:59 AM
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We lived in Ocala for two years and loved it. This was about 5 or 6 years ago. My husband was in the military so we always had his steady income to rely on. I have a management degree and was able to get a job at the University of Florida which is about 45 minutes south of Ocala via I-75. When his contract ended, we decided to move because we were worried about his job prospects in the area. We moved back to Philadelphia and have regretted the decision not to at least try to stay down there. In the past few years we have considered the Jacksonville area as the economy there seems more stable (probably due to the military presence and higher education institutions in the area). But we make a great income up here and hesitate to lose that. Jobs in Florida just pay so much less. Although cost of living is a lot less too. And the amenities are great....beaches in every direction, lots of outdoor activities, and best of all...no snow. Good luck with your decision!!
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:19 PM
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There's definitely not a lot of jobs in Ocala...especially if you're a high end professional. What's here are a lot of service positions and call center work. Sitel is currently hiring (average salary $9/hour)..who can survive on that?

If you have computer experience there are a few companies moving in that are looking for IT developers, etc.

Fed Ex will be moving in so if you want to do warehouse work or driving - perhaps that's an option but otherwise the average salary is pretty miserable. $30k

$75K is pretty much unheard of in Ocala. Sorry.

Looking around..I wonder where these ppl work? Thing is..they don't. Adult children in this area still live with their parents, retirees who have moved down from up North, and service workers or blue collar are predominant.

So unless you own your own business or want to work on a horse farm - try to locate to a more urban area. Personally I like Ocala. It's small...not a lot of traffic..and has fairly decent restaurants. There's not much to do as far as fun. There's the movie theater, the Springs (State Parks), and that's pretty much it.

Jobwise it leaves a lot to be desired.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:16 PM
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Try Tallahassee.
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