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Overview

Introduction to Orlando, Florida

Orlando is home to numerous theme parks, including the world famous Walt Disney World Resort. Orlando is also only 45 minutes from Port Canaveral, a major cruise ship port that plays host to at least three major cruise lines and over ten different cruise ships, including the Disney Cruise Line's two ships. 

Orlando has a hot, sub-tropical climate that is divided into two main seasons, the warm season (from late spring through early fall) and the cool season. The warm season is hot and very humid. The cool season is more temperate and comfortable. The cool season does occasionally see temperatures below freezing, typically over night. On average, the temperature dips below freezing in Orlando about three times a year.

Orlando History

The area that is now Orlando was originally settled by Native Americans. The first permanent pioneer settlement of Orlando happened in 1842. Settlement did not expand much until after the Third Seminole War in the 1850s. Orlando was incorporated as a town in 1875. At that time, Orlando had 85 residents. Orlando became a popular resort in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Other key dates in Orlando's history include:

  • In 1838, the U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin south of present day Orlando to protect settlers from attacks by Indians.
  • In 1880, the South Florida Railroad extended its line into Orlando.
  • In 1970, the Orlando International Airport was built.
  • In October of 1971, Walt Disney World opened.

Orlando Arts and Culture

Orlando is more than just theme parks. It is also home to many arts and cultural attractions and activities. Orlando offers museums, the performing arts and much more. Some of Orlando's more notable museums and gardens/arboretums include:

  • The Central Florida Zoological Park.
  • The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.
  • The Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
  • The Harry P. Leu Gardens.
  • The Historic Bok Sanctuary.
  • The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida.
  • The Orlando Science Center.

In addition to the numerous shows staged by the many theme parks, for patrons of the performing arts, Orlando has even more to offer. Some of the more notable attractions include:

  • The Imperial Symphony Orchestra.
  • The Maitland Art Center.

Orlando also offers numerous festivals and outdoor music events, including the Annual Concert Under the Stars at Historic Bok Sanctuary, Date Night at the Garden’s at the Harry P. Leu Gardens, the Florida Music Festival, the Spring Jazz Stroll and more.

Orlando Sports and Leisure

Orlando offers a nice assortment of professional sports to keep sports fans happy. Orlando is home to the following major sports teams:

  • Baseball - The Minor League Baseball (MiLB), Daytona Cubs play an hour northeast in Daytona Beach and the Brevard County Manatees play an hour southeast in Viera. The Cubs are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, and the Manatees are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Basketball - The National Basketball League (NBA) Orlando Magic.
  • Football - The Arena Football League (AFL) Orlando Predators.
  • Hockey - The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Florida Seals play 30 minutes south in Kissimmee.
  • Soccer - The United Soccer League (USL) USL Premier Development League Ajax Orlando Prospects.

Orlando is also home to two NCAA College Bowl games, the Capitol One Bowl and the Champs Sports Bowl.

Orlando's climate makes it ideal for outdoor activities. Orlando is close to the coast and all of the associated water sports activities. Orlando also has numerous tennis and sport complexes, horseback riding, Everglades airboat rides and much more.

Of course, Orlando has enough theme parks to fill any leisure time schedule for a very long time. Orlando is home to Busch Gardens, Cypress Gardens, Discovery Cove, Gatorland, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort, the Walt Disney World Resort, Wet 'n Wild and more.

Orlando "Must See" Attractions

Orlando has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Orlando's more unique attractions include:

  • Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in nearby Maitland.
  • Busch Gardens.
  • Cirque du Soleil-La Nouba.
  • Cypress Gardens.
  • Discovery Cove.
  • Gatorland.
  • SeaWorld Orlando.
  • Universal Orlando Resort.
  • Walt Disney World Resort.

Orlando at Night

Nightlife in Orlando is centered in the downtown area, and around the major theme parks. In downtown Orlando, one can find comedy clubs, dance clubs, martini bars, pubs, sophisticated lounges and sports bars. Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort features dining, shopping, movie theatres and five nightclubs. Downtown Disney also offers movies, dining, shopping and seven clubs at Downtown Disney's Pleasure Island.

People

Total Population 256,738
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 10.1%
Employed Population 16+ 133,576
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 35%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.2%
Median Earnings25+ $31,060
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,643
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,589

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,498
% Above Poverty Level 79.8%
% Below Poverty Level 20.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 5%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,003
Median House Value $160,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.3%
Irish 6.3%

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

Orlando Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 77 miles NE of Tampa, Florida
County Orange
Metro Area Orlando
Standard Zip Codes 32801, 32803, 32804, 32805, 32806, 32807, 32808, 32809, 32810, 32811, 32812, 32817, 32818, 32819, 32820, 32821, 32822, 32824, 32825, 32826, 32827, 32828, 32829, 32831, 32832, 32833, 32834, 32835, 32836, 32837, 32839
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32802, 32814, 32815, 32830, 32853, 32854, 32855, 32856, 32857, 32858, 32859, 32860, 32861, 32862, 32867, 32868, 32869, 32872, 32877, 32878, 32896
Company Zip Codes 32816, 32885, 32886, 32887, 32890, 32891, 32893, 32897, 32898, 32899
Phone Area Codes 321
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.538
Longitude -81.379

Orlando Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station ORLANDO INTL AP
Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 72 F
Apr Temp 60 to 83 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 66 to 85 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station KISSIMMEE 2
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 72 F
Apr Temp 58 to 82 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
Station SANFORD ORLANDO
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 70 F
Apr Temp 57 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 64 to 83 F
Annual Precip 51.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Orlando, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Alafaya (32820, 32834)

Hiawassee (32818)

Kennedy Space Center (32815)

Orlo Vista (32811)

Sand Lake (32819)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Altamonte Springs 42,218 $55,986
Belle Isle 6,403 $85,476
Eatonville 2,299 $29,615
Edgewood 2,690 $81,136
Maitland 16,630 $88,534
Winter Park 29,182 $99,290

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

Orlando Public Libraries

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Orange County Library District
101 EAST CENTRAL BLVD.
Orlando, Florida
(407) 835-7323
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Orlando Hospitals

FLORIDA HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
601 E ROLLINS ST
(407) 303-1976
Emergency Service: Yes

ORLANDO REGIONAL HEALTHCARE
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1414 S KUHL AVE
(321) 841-5111
Emergency Service: Yes

Orlando VA Medical Center
(VA)
5201 Raymond Street,
407-629-1599 or 800-922-7521
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Orlando High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

COLONIAL HIGH SCHOOL
6100 OLEANDER DRIVE
407-482-6300
Serves 3,729 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

DR. PHILLIPS HIGH SCHOOL
6500 TURKEY LAKE ROAD
407-355-3200
Serves 3,525 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL
11550 LOKANOTOSA TRAIL
407-482-8700
Serves 3,375 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

EDGEWATER HIGH SCHOOL
3100 EDGEWATER DRIVE
407-835-4900
Serves 3,255 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

BOONE HIGH SCHOOL
2000 S MILLS AVENUE
407-893-7200
Serves 3,217 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL
4301 S APOPKA-VINELAND RO
407-905-6400
Serves 3,022 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

TIMBER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL
1001 AVALON ROAD
321-235-7800
Serves 2,905 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

EVANS HIGH SCHOOL
4949 SILVER STAR ROAD
407-522-3400
Serves 2,892 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

CYPRESS CREEK SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1101 BEAR CROSSING DRIVE
407-852-3400
Serves 2,857 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
6000 S WINEGARD ROAD
407-852-3200
Serves 2,501 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL
2500 TAFT-VINELAND ROAD
407-816-5600
Serves 2,465 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

FLORIDA VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL
445 W AMELIA STREET
407-317-3326
Serves 1,678 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.1

JONES HIGH SCHOOL
801 S RIO GRANDE AVENUE
407-835-2300
Serves 1,141 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

COMMUNITY EDUCATION PARTNERS-NW
6125 N ORANGE BLOSSOM TRA
321-281-2540
Serves 687 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.9

COMMUNITY EDUCATION PARTNERS-SW
2274 S SEMORAN
321-281-2400
Serves 573 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.9

EXCEL ACADEMY
1200 WEST COLONIAL DRIVE
407-245-2780
A Non-traditional School
Serves 262 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 32.8

GATEWAY SCHOOL
4000 SILVER STAR ROAD
407-296-6449
A Special Education School
Serves 215 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.5

MAGNOLIA SPECIAL EDUCATION
1900 MATTERHORNE ROAD
407-296-6499
A Special Education School
Serves 191 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.2

HOSPITAL/HOMEBOUND
3909 S SUMMERLIN AVENUE
407-317-3909
A Special Education School
Serves 179 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.7

NORTHSTAR HIGH CHARTER SCHOOL
8287 CURRY FORD ROAD
407-273-1188
A Charter School.
Serves 160 students.

ORANGE JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER
2800 S BUMBY AVENUE
407-897-2800
Serves 149 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

MID SCHOOL PROFESSIONAL ACADEMY
1200 WEST COLONIAL DRIVE
407-650-4034
A Non-traditional School
Serves 130 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 65

ADOLESCENT THERAPEUTIC CENTER
P O BOX 691657
407-355-5702
Serves 122 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

SILVER STAR CENTER
1600 SILVER STAR ROAD
407-521-2330
A Non-traditional School
Serves 120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.1

CHEROKEE SCHOOL
550 S EOLA DRIVE
407-897-6440
A Special Education School
Serves 86 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.1

PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS
445 W AMELIA STREET
407-317-3244
Serves 53 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

WESTMINSTER ACADEMY CHARTER
830 WEST 29TH STREET
407-841-6560
A Charter School.
Serves 37 students.

O-TEC MID-FLORIDA TECH
2900 W OAK RIDGE ROAD
407-855-5880
A Vocational School
Serves 26 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.3

HOME BUILDERS INSTITUTE
7531 LAUREL HILL CIRCLE
407-294-5579
A Non-traditional School
Serves 23 students.

ORANGE HALFWAY HOUSE
2015 ALL CHILDREN'S WAY
407-522-2110
A Non-traditional School
Serves 22 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

ADDICTIONS RECEIVING FACILITY
823 W CENTRAL BOULEVARD
407-838-8729
A Non-traditional School
Serves 17 students.

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