Orlando, Florida, City Facts and Education Information

Orlando, Florida, is one of the nation's most popular tourist and convention destinations. Institutions of higher learning in the area include the University of Central Florida and Valencia College. Read on to learn more about Orlando, its economy and higher education institutions.

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Information about Orlando, Florida

Orlando is the fifth largest city in Florida, with an estimated population of 262,372, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau figures. Demographically, the city is relatively diverse, with more than 28 percent of residents identifying as African-American in 2010 and more than a quarter claiming Hispanic ancestry.

Often called the theme park capital of the world, Orlando is home to attractions such as SeaWorld's aquatic theme park and the 30,000-acre Disney theme park complex, which includes Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center and Disney-MGM Studios. Visitors can take advantage of water parks, hotels, restaurants, campgrounds and specialty stores. Besides the parks, Orlando offers a storied nightlife, plentiful shopping, dining, golf courses, freshwater lakes, art festivals and eclectic architecture.

Higher Education

The Orlando metropolitan area is home to more than 51 institutions of higher learning within 25 miles of city center. The University of Central Florida is the region's largest undergraduate-enrolling institution. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Central Florida among the country's top 100 public schools and named it #20 in the category of online bachelor's programs.

Other public schools in the area include Valencia College, which offers associate's and a few bachelor's degrees, and 2-year schools Mid Florida Tech and Orlando Tech. The city also features a number of private institutions, including Adventist University of Health Sciences and a campus of Keiser University.

Economy

Orlando's economy is heavily dependent on tourism and on the convention industry. More than 62 million domestic and international visitors came through the city in 2014, many of whom were on their way to Walt Disney World or Universal Studios. Many others come to Orlando each year to take part in conferences at the Orange County Convention Center, the second largest convention center in the country. Manufacturing is also important, with companies such as Lockheed-Martin operating production facilities in the area.

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