Winter Park, Florida, City and Higher Education Info

Winter Park, Florida, is a suburb of Orlando in Orange County. Winter Park has just a few colleges in its city limits, with several universities and technical institutes located in nearby cities. Read on to learn about Winter Park's attractions, employment and educational options.

Information About Winter Park, Florida

One of Florida's smaller cities, Winter Park had an estimated population of 29,442, based on 2014 U.S. census estimates. Located in Central Florida, just five miles north of Orlando, the city of Winter Park was chartered in 1887 and originally developed as a winter resort for wealthy northern visitors. One of Winter Park's biggest draws is its large number of lakes, although its closeness to Orlando also lends the town a metropolitan air.

Winter Park has a number of recreational facilities, including a modern, two-story tennis center and several golf courses. History buffs can tour the Hannibal Square Historic Neighborhood and Heritage Center or the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. As one might guess from its name, winter is the prime tourist season in Winter Park, where temperatures ordinarily range from the mid to high 70s during the day and generally do not drop below the 60s at night.

Winter Park has easy accessibility to a variety of Central Florida attractions, including its many theme parks such as Universal Studios, SeaWorld and the 43-square-mile Walt Disney World Theme Park. Orlando, the urban hub for the region, also offers nightlife and plenty of shopping, dining and golfing.

Higher Education

The city has two public and private non-profit learning institutions. Rollins College is a private liberal arts school located in Winter Park. Winter Park Tech is the only public school in the city. It offers certificate programs to about 200 students.

About 20 other schools can be found within 20 miles of Winter Park, including Orlando Tech, Valencia College, Barry University Law School and Everglades University. The largest university nearest to Winter Park is the University of Central Florida, which enrolls about 60,700 students in its associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.

Economy and Employment

In Winter Park, the median household income was $56,995, according to census data for 2010 to 2014. In that same period, about 54% of adult residents 25 years or older held bachelor's degrees or higher. According to 2012 census data, the highest sector of employment was health care and social assistance, which employed 5,500 people. A large number of Winter Park residents commute to jobs in other cities within the Orlando metropolitan region.


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