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Bustling Orlando is Home to Theme Parks, Abundant Cultural Amenities, the University of Central Florida and Nearly 120 Neighborhoods
Home to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Seaworld Orlando and endless conventions, bustling Orlando is one of the most-visited cities in the world. In fact, nearly 80 million visitors come to this sun drenched spot in east central Florida every year. The city is also home to the University of Central Florida, which has a whopping 71,000 students.
Orlando started as an Army fort during the 1838 Second Seminole War and grew during the early 20th century during the Florida land boom. Things really took off in the 1970s with the arrival of Disney World. Today the city is dotted with lakes and ponds and has nearly 120 named neighborhoods, everything from upscale Alaqua and Disney-themed Celebration to peaceful Baldwin Park and trendy Lake Nona. Cultural amenities are in good supply and include the Orlando Ballet, the Orlando Reperatory Theatre, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Mad Cow Theatre, the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival, the Orlando Symphony Orchestra and many others. The Orlando Magic professional basketball team plays in the 20,000-seat Amway Center.
Restaurants range from burger joints to fine dining establishments. Shopping venues come in all shapes and sizes.
Population: 310,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 38%
Cost of Living: 6% below the national average
Median Home Price: $370,000
Climate: Summers and early fall are hot and humid. Late fall and winter are less humid and cooler.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Above the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 36%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Orlando has the same issues as many other cities, including a sizeable homeless population, a lack of affordable housing, higher than average crime rates, traffic congestion, etc.
Notes: Home prices have increased 4% since a year ago, and the population has grown 22% during the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
The state has 1,250 more golf courses than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
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