Introduction to Mount Dora, Florida

Mount Dora, Florida, in Lake county, is 24 miles W of Deltona, Florida and 77 miles NE of Tampa, Florida. The city is part of the Orlando metropolitan statistical area. 

Mount Dora History

The first family to settle in Central Florida was David M. Simpson and his family. Postmaster Ross Tremain originally named the area Royellou after the names of his three children, Roy, Ella and Louis. The name Mount Dora was derived from the name of the Lake Dora, located in the vicinity. Mount Dora became a popular winter tourist retreat after a railroad arrived in the area. This stimulated the economy and the city was incorporated in 1910.

Mount Dora and Nearby Attractions

  • Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens.
  • Blue Spring State Park.
  • Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Site.
  • Mennello Museum of American Folk Art.
  • Disney World.

Things To Do In Mount Dora

Local historical sites include the Old Mount Dora Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Station, Lakeside Inn, the John P. Donnelly House, the Royellou Museum and the Antique Boat Museum. Local parks include the Blue Spring State Park, the Lake Eola Park and many others. Local celebrations include the Annual Bicycle Festival and the Annual Craft Fair.

Mount Dora Transportation

Air transportation is available from Orlando International Airport.

Mount Dora Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Bethune-Cookman College, Central Florida Community College and Daytona Beach Community College.


Total Population 12,929
Male Share of the Population 44.2%
Female Share of the Population 55.8%
Senior Citizens 27.9%
Employed Population 16+ 5,330
Age of the Population 49


% of people married 52%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $58,048
% Above Poverty Level 87.1%
% Below Poverty Level 12.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 34.4%
Median Gross Rent $910
Median House Value $191,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30%
US/American 0%
English 9.5%
Irish 8.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mount Dora Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles W of Deltona, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 77 miles NE of Tampa, Florida
County Lake
Metro Area Orlando
Standard Zip Codes 32757
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32756
Phone Area Codes 352
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.802
Longitude -81.644

Mount Dora Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LISBON
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 68 F
Apr Temp 57 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 62 to 83 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Station DELAND 1 SSE
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 70 F
Apr Temp 56 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 62 to 83 F
Annual Precip 57 inches
Station OCALA
Distance 38.2 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 70 F
Apr Temp 56 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 61 to 84 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Apopka 45,801 $63,660
Astatula 1,541 $47,438
Eustis 19,198 $47,802
Montverde 1,594 $77,250
Tavares 14,608 $48,007
Umatilla 3,586 $45,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 19

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