Ten years after its incorporation as a town during the Reconstruction Era, the City of Orlando was incorporated in 1885. Orlando, Florida, was most likely named for Orlando Reeves, a businessman with a sugar mill and plantation in what is now Spring Garden in Volusia County. Orlando is home or close neighbor to many world-famous destinations like Sea World, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios and Holy Land Experience. Located in the heart of Central Florida, Orlando this vibrant, high-energy city has countless amenities, fast-growing business sectors and an active community that has somehow managed to preserve a laid-back spirit despite its hurried appearance.
Orlando Urban Trail connects surrounding neighborhoods with downtown Orlando and is one of several legs of the Orlando Trail, a series of paths for walking and bicycling through business and residential neighborhoods around the Orlando metropolitan area. This seriously bicycle and pedestrian-friendly city has four more trails and bike paths at Shingle Creek, Lake Underhill, Cady Way and southeast Orlando.
In response to the outpouring of world-wide generosity toward victims of the Pulse tragedy of June 12, 2016, the city set up the OneOrlando Fund to benefit victims’ families and survivors.
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Strong tourism and hospitality industries comprise but a fraction of overall businesses in Orlando. According to information provided by the Orlando Economic Development Commission, this is the world capital of Modeling, Simulation & Training particularly in the aerospace, aviation and defense industry. Readily accessible shipping by air, freight, water and ground make this the world’s first international consortium for advanced manufacturing. Average wages for jobs in technology industries are $70,000.
Orlando is experiencing increasing poverty levels despite an eight-year low in its unemployment rates. Residential projects are being planned to complement expansion of Orlando’s commuter rail system, SunRail, to include four stops in the southern route and a northern leg to connect the city with Deland. This is only a part of expanding the area’s infrastructure and transportation options to support growth in tourism and advanced manufacturing.
Orlando has a student-teacher ratio of 17:1 in its 151 public schools in Orange County Public Schools. Graduation rates are a healthy 84 percent, and 32 percent have bachelors degrees.
U. S. News and World Reports ranks Orlando Regional Medical Center and Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in five pediatric specialties each. Florida Hospital Orlando ranks in nine adult specialties.
Property tax rate averages were highest in south Metro Orlando’s Osceola County at 1.16 percent of home value compared to 1.13 percent for Orange County and 1.02 percent for Seminole County to the north.
Violent crime in Metro Orlando and surrounding communities is 67 percent higher than the Florida mean, and property crime is 86 percent higher. Each is over 145 percent higher than the national average.
Lake Nona is a 7,000-acre up-and-coming science and technology district in a prestigious established golfing and country club community. A close commute to Orlando International Airport and still under construction, Medical City is surrounded with diverse socioeconomic housing from luxury homes to townhouses.
College Park is a quaint, quiet, highly walkable community close to downtown and the cultural corridor of Loch Haven Park. Mainly professionals and retirees make up this low-key community with charming homes for sale on streets named after major colleges like Princeton, Yale, Harvard, et al.
East Orlando has a younger, ethnically diverse flavor in neighborhoods around the University of Central Florida area. The traffic is hectic, but there are cultural perks like rooting for the home team at the new Bright House Stadium or attending plays at UCF’s Conservatory Theater.
Culture and Lifestyle
The Orlando Magic are only one of many magical venues in the broad spread of downtown, metro and outlying communities. Water sports and recreation are everywhere on Orlando’s abundant lakes. There is a skateboard park near Fashion Square Mall and hundreds of city parks. Everything you would expect to find in a metropolitan hub is available from fine arts and museums to major league sports and world-famous attractions including Walt Disney World Resort.
Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is August 29-October 2: Select Orlando restaurants prepare fine dining prix fixe dinners to benefit The Russell Home for Atypical Children. Other annual festivals include: