The city of Orlando is the seat of Orange County and is the central city of the metropolitan area of the same name, as well as the head of the region known as Central Florida, in the state of Florida, in the southeastern United States. According to the 2000 US census, the city had a population of 185,951 inhabitants (the population in the metropolitan area is 1,644,561). A local population census in 2003 produced a result of 199,336 thousand inhabitants (1.8 million in the metropolitan area). It is the sixth largest city in Florida and the largest non-coastal city. It is also the head of the third largest metropolitan area in the state, behind Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Tampa-St. Petersburg. Nearby cities include Clermont, Winter Garden, and Windermere.
The city is mainly known for its hotels and its many tourist attractions of child and youth interest, particularly Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. Another attraction includes SeaWorld. Downtown Orlando, better known as Downtown Orlando, has undergone continuous restructuring, despite being away from major tourist attractions.
It is home to Orlando Sentinel, one of the largest newspapers in the state, the Orlando Magic, an NBA professional basketball team, and the Orlando City Soccer Club of the Major League Soccer; It also hosts the Arnold Palmer Invitational PGA Tour golf tournament.
Its current mayor is Buddy Dyer.
Local legend says that the name "Orlando" is derived when a soldier named Orlando Reeves died in the area during the Second Seminole War. It seems, however, that Orlando Reeves (sometimes Rees) operated a sugar mill and sugar plantation about 30 miles (50 km) north of Spring Garden in Volusia County. Pioneer settlers found his name carved in a tree like Orlando Acosta and assumed it was like a marker for his grave. Subsequently, they referred to the area as "the tomb of Orlando Acosta" and later, it was simply remembered as Orlando. According to written evidence, Orlando Acosta was also a soldier, but most of the details of his life are uncertain. A monument on the shore of Lake Eola designates the place where he died.
Lake Eola, located in the urban center of the city.
Orlando has a subtropical climate, being very rare to find temperatures below freezing. It almost never snows. The highest record temperature is 38 ° C (100 ° F), last reached on July 3, 1998. Its minimum record temperature is -10 ° C (19 ° F), last reached on December 16, 2009. The last recorded snowfall occurred on January 9, 2010.
The annual average rainfall is approximately 1198.1 mm³. The rainy season runs from June to September with some storms. The dry season occurs between December and May, which leads to occasional forest fires.
Its main road is Interstate 4, which crosses the Florida's Turnpike, which is another important highway; both depart from southern Florida. Orlando is the second largest city in the United States that has only one interstate highway, second only to Austin, Texas. The interstate begins in Tampa, Florida, and travels northeast through the central region of the state, ending at Daytona Beach. The East-West Expressway (SR 408) is being improved since 2005 with the construction of additional lanes, concrete walls and design improvements.
The majority of Orlando's economy is related to tourism activity. The Orlando International Airport is one of the busiest in the world. The convention industry also plays an important role due to the proximity
Clermont is a city located in Lake County in the US state of Florida. In the 2010 Census it had a population of 28742 inhabitants and a population density of 700.37 people per km².
Clermont is located at coordinates 28 ° 33′30 ″ N 81 ° 45′53 ″ W. According to the United States Census Bureau, Clermont has a total area of 41.04 km², of which 35.31 km² corresponds to mainland and (13.97%) 5.73 km² is water.3
According to the 2010.4 census there were 28742 people residing in Clermont. The population density was 700.37 inhabitants / km². Of the 28742 inhabitants, Clermont was composed of 71.69% white, 14.41% were African-American, 0.42% were Native American, 4.19% were Asian, 0.09% were Pacific Islanders, 5.37% were from other races and 3.83 % belonged to two or more races. Of the total population, 17.75% were Hispanic or Latino of any race
Windermere is a town located in Orange County in the US state of Florida. In the 2010 Census it had a population of 2,462 inhabitants and a population density of 605.85 people per km².3
Windermere is located at coordinates 28 ° 30′0 ″ N 81 ° 32′10 ″ W. According to the United States Census Bureau, Windermere has a total area of 4.06 km², of which 4.02 km² corresponds to the mainland and (0.96%) 0.04 km² is water.4
According to the 2010.5 census there were 2,462 people residing in Windermere. The population density was 605.85 inhabitants / km². Of the 2,462 inhabitants, Windermere was composed of 94.19% white, 1.42% were African-American, 0% were Native American, 2.97% were Asian, 0% were Pacific Islanders, 0.32% were from other races and 1.1 % belonged to two or more races. Of the total population 5.08% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Winter Garden is a city located in Orange County in the US state of Florida. In the 2010 Census it had a population of 34,568 inhabitants and a population density of 855.01 people per km².
Winter Garden is located at coordinates 28 ° 32′32 ″ N 81 ° 35′49 ″ W. According to the United States Census Bureau, Winter Garden has a total area of 40.43 km², of which 39.91 km² corresponds to the mainland and (1.28%) 0.52 km² is water.3
According to the 2010.4 census there were 34,568 people residing in Winter Garden. The population density was 855.01 inhabitants / km². Of the 34,568 inhabitants, Winter Garden was made up of 68.79% white, 15.97% were African-American, 0.36% were Native American, 5.09% were Asian, 0.11% were Pacific Islanders, 6.05% were from other races, and 3.63% belonged to two or more races. Of the total population 22% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.