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Marion Oaks is an unincorporated community in the outskirts of Ocala and Belleview, Florida, United States. It is part of the Ocala Metropolitan Statistical Area. The current population is approximately 15,000 and the community is currently exploring becoming an incorporated city.

I-75 and Highway 484

Marion Oaks is located one mile west of Interstate 75 on Highway 484.

About Marion Oaks

Marion Oaks was developed by "The Deltona Corporation" more than thirty years ago. The real estate prices and taxes rose dramatically during the 2000s (far beyond the norm due to heavy investing and speculation); this happened only to fall back to more reasonable levels by the end of the decade. Deltona Corporation, the developer of Marion Oaks, has relocated their headquarters in the community. Marion Oaks has community areas, medical facilities, houses of worship, and a community center with a 450-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, a well-stocked public library, and recreational facilities such as lighted multi-purpose sports courts.

Marion Oaks holds a spring celebration every year in April. The celebration includes a parade, health fair, book sale, talent show, car show, and lots of individual booths selling everything from homemade crafts to ethnic foods that are popular in the area.

Education

Compulsory education

Marion Oaks has three schools: Sunrise Elementary School (K-4), Marion Oaks Elementary (K-4), and Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks (5-8). Marion Oaks Elementary has an ESE wing.

The majority of Marion Oaks is zoned for Sunrise Elementary School, Horizon Academy and Dunnellon High School. The Northern section of Marion Oaks is zoned for Marion Oaks Elementary and West Port High School.

College and vocational

College of Central Florida is a large community college which provides service to the entire Ocala metro area. CF offers multiple programs of study including bachelor's degrees and vocational training. Also on the campus is the University Center which houses satellites for state and private schools including University of Central Florida, Florida State University, University of Florida and St. Leo University.

Also serving the area is Marion Technical College. MTC is a vocational training center in Ocala which provides technical training for various medical specialties and numerous other fields including welding, cybersecurity, cosmetology, and massage.

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