its’ hot job market, booming tourism and a variety of housing options, Orlando is a great place
to live. It is one of the world’s fastest-growing cities and has one of our
nation’s lowest unemployment rates. Orlando is considered one
major cities and has the 9th busiest airport, the Orlando International Airport, in the United States.
Orlando incorporated as a
city in 1885. The Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan
Statistical Area is Florida’s
third-largest metropolitan area, following Miami and Tampa. The area includes four counties; Orange, Osceola, Seminole
The Metro area is easily accessible from Interstate 4, Florida Turnpike,
East/West Expressway and the Beachline. The Orlando area is home to more than
100 lakes, the largest of which are Lake Apopka, Eustis, Griffin, Harney, Harris, Jesup,
Monroe, Sand Lake and Tohopekaliga.
course, Orlando is best known as a vacation wonderland where dreams come true.
Orlando has many
neighborhoods within the city limits. Several of the neighborhoods in downtown were
constructed during the Florida Land Boom in the 1920’s. This era produced many bungalow style homes
that were designed for warmer climates. Today, you will see a wide variety of
architectural styles in Orlando.
Mediterranean, Spanish and European home
styles are the most prevalent. These
homes are designed to be comfortable and livable in our warm Florida
climate. Stucco exteriors with clay tile
roofs are common. The interiors of these
homes are designed with open living space allowing for air to circulate more
freely throughout the home. You will also find a variety of Coastal, Ranch,
Southern and Victorian style homes in the area.
Many of these homes are faced with engineered wood which is resistant to
warping, insects and rot. They are generally designed with one or more porches
and verandas and windows that allow cooling breezes to flow freely throughout.
The majority of homes focus on the backyard area, which usually includes a
terrace, lanai, deck or patio that borders a pool.
2007, it was estimated that there were 227,907 people residing in the city.
ultra-modern skyscrapers to historic buildings, Downtown Orlando has
a wonderful mix of architecture. Downtown
living provides a lifestyle that blends charm with sophistication. Hundreds of Condominiums and Single Family
residences are sprinkled throughout Downtown Orlando where you can stroll down
quaint brick-lined streets. Spend your afternoons in Lake Eola Park, picnicking, feeding the ducks, and
watching the swan boats glide by. You
can spend your evenings listening to live music or visiting art galleries. When it comes to entertainment, Downtown
Orlando is the place to be. Dance clubs,
Martini Bars, Piano lounges, Rooftop bars, live music; the list goes on and on.
hosts a wide variety of restaurants that cater to every taste and mood.
Orlando is one of the
fastest growing retail markets in the United States. There are four major shopping malls in Orlando. The Florida Mall is the largest with over 250 stores, The
Mall at Millenia is an upscale shopping mall with
world-famous department stores and Orlando Fashion Square is the closest to Downtown and includes
a 14 screen theater.
large part of Orlando’s
economy is dependent upon the tourist industry.
area is home to a wide array of tourist attractions and theme parks, including
Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and the famous vacation resorts and theme parks of Walt Disney World. The most significant development for Orlando’s economy
occurred in 1971 when Disney opened its’ first theme park (the Magic Kingdom)
in Orlando. This event was the catalyst for an explosion
of growth in the Orlando Metro area.
Orlando is home to the Orange County
Convention Center; the second-largest
convention complex in the United
States. Convention attendance plays a big
part in our region’s economy.
visiting for business or pleasure, Orlando
hosts an estimated 52 million tourists a year.
large engineering firms have facilities in the Orlando area as well. Lockheed-Martin has a manufacturing plant and
research labs in Orlando. Other notable firms that conduct business
here include General Dynamics, Westinghouse, Siemens, GE, AT&T, Raytheon
and Boeing to name a few.
Television, Music, and the Performing Arts are a developing sector of Orlando’s industry aided
by the numerous entertainment companies and schools in the area. Orlando
has been called “Hollywood East” due to its successes in this area.
Restaurants, the largest operator of restaurants in the world, has its’ home
base in Orlando.
public education system is administered by the Orange County Public Schools. Orlando has many private
schools to choose from, including; Trinity
Preparatory School, Lake Highland
Preparatory School, The First
Academy and Bishop
There are over thirty six Colleges and Universities located in the Orlando area with the University of Central Florida being the second largest
university in the state.
are two non-profit health systems in Orlando:
Orlando Health and Florida Hospital. Orlando Health houses two facilities,
the Orlando Regional Medical Center is Florida’s only Level 1 trauma center and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for
Women and Babies is the
only Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit in the area. Florida
Hospital’s main campus is
ranked as one of the best hospitals in the nation.
Orlando has well over one
hundred Park & Recreational facilities throughout the City. This includes Parks, Park & Recreation Centers, and Older Adult
pools, athletic fields, tennis courts, tracks, racquetball courts, the Orlando Skateboard Park,
Festival Park and an Exceptional Recreation
facility for children with disabilities.
Golf and Sports
enthusiasts will find paradise in Orlando.
Orlando is well
known for its wide array of golf courses available for any level of golfer and offers some of the best courses in the United States. Tournament level courses designed by the top
course designers boast lavish, sophisticated clubhouses.
Orlando is home to the
Orlando Magic professional basketball team and has
been host to numerous professional athletic teams. A number of professional
clubs come to the area to train their players in the areas many stadiums and
Patrol Service Bureau includes
over 700 men and women serving Orlando. There are seventeen Fire Houses in Orlando.
LYNX provides bus
service on 65 routes every day of the year.
LYMMO is the Downtown Orlando bus carrier and provides free service along a 3-mile
Orlando prides itself on
the progress it has made as a Bicycle Friendly Community and realizes the
importance of providing a safe network of facilities for bicycle travel. There
are numerous bicycle and pedestrian trails throughout the city and the LYNX buses are equipped with bike racks.
is an active rail route within the Central Florida
region that includes Amtrak for passenger travel. SunRail is a Central Florida passenger rail system serving the City of Orlando, Volusia, Seminole, Orange counties, and soon Osceola County.