Orlando Florida, the City Beautiful, is the economic center of Central Florida. Residents enjoy extensive parks, temperate weather, diverse business and neighborhood districts, major league sports teams and a rich cultural climate. Orlando’s Economy and jobs market continues to thrive as a result of public venues and SunRail construction, Downtown redevelopment, Main Street business districts, an expanding computer simulation and technology industry and the new Lake Nona Medical City. Visitors from across the world travel to Orlando to enjoy the many theme parks, entertainment and sports venues, Downtown Orlando and the City’s distinctive neighborhoods.
Fifth Largest City in Florida
Sixth Largest Metropolitan Area in the Southeast
Land area: 111.2 square miles
Population: 245,402 (2012)
Greater Orlando Metropolitan Area: 2.2 million
Form of government: Mayor/Commissioner
Major Industries: Life sciences, modeling, simulation and training
Sports: Orlando Magic NBA basketball team, Orlando City Soccer Club MLS 2015 expansion team, Orlando Solar Bears ECHL hockey team, Orlando Predators AFL arena football team
Collegiate Sports: Capital One Bowl (BCS), Russell Athletic Bowl, Florida Classic, NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship rounds and the University of Central Florida Athletics
Major Public Works Projects: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Citrus Bowl Expansion, SunRail, Major League Soccer stadium
Orlando (/ɔrˈlændoʊ/) is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, and the county seat of Orange County. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,134,411 at the 2010 census, making it the 26th largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third largest metropolitan area in the state of Florida. In 2010, Orlando had a city-proper population of 238,300, making it the 77th largest city in the United States, the fifth largest city in Florida, and the state’s largest inland city.
Orlando is nicknamed “The City Beautiful” and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. Orlando is also known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World” and its tourist attractions draw more than 57 million tourists a year, including 4.1 million international guests. The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the thirteenth busiest airport in the United States and the 29th busiest in the world. Buddy Dyer is Orlando’s mayor.
As the most visited American city in 2009, Orlando’s famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry: Walt Disney World Resort, located approximately 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Downtown Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, opened by the Walt Disney Company in 1971; the Universal Orlando Resort, opened in 1999 as a major expansion of Universal Studios Florida; SeaWorld; Gatorland; and Wet ‘n Wild. With the exception of Walt Disney World, most major attractions are located along International Drive. The city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions.
Like other major cities in the Sun Belt, Orlando grew rapidly during the 1980s and into the first decade of the 21st century. Orlando is home to the University of Central Florida, which is the second-largest university campus in the United States in terms of enrollment as of 2012. In 2010, Orlando was listed as a “Gamma−” level of world-city in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory. Orlando ranks as the fourth most popular American city based on where people want to live according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.
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