Marion County, Florida|
Marion County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 303,442. Its county seat is Ocala.
Marion County was created in 1844. The county is named after General Francis Marion of South Carolina, a guerilla fighter and hero of the American Revolutionary War. Many of the early settlers of Marion County were from South Carolina. The county motto is "Kingdom of the Sun."