Orlandos nickname is "The City Beautiful" and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. The area is notable for its hundreds of lakes, the largest of which is Lake Apopka. Once a quiet farming town, Orlando is now one of the most visited places in the U.S. thanks to attractions such as Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld. Population: The city of Orlando has around 238,300 residents, but the Greater Orlando metropolitan area has a population of 2,134,411. Since 2000, Orlando has had a population growth of 22.93 percent.
Climate: Orlando basically has two major seasons each year. One is hot and rainy, lasting from June until late September, and the other is the dry, warm season (October through May). It receives 51 inches of rain per year, but golfers will still find plenty of pleasant weather in which to swing those clubs.
Cost of living: Compared to the rest of the country, Orlando's cost of living is 4.80% higher than the U.S. average.
Housing costs: But surprisingly, the median home cost in Orlando is $185,100, 5.6% less than the national average.
Colleges and Universities: Retirees will find a wealth of opportunities for continuing education at the University of Central Florida, which is the second largest university in the United States in terms of enrollment.
Transportation:Orlando International Airport offers unlimited connections to destinations around the world, as it is the thirteenth busiest airport in the United States. Train service is readily available, and Orlando Station has the highest Amtrak ridership in the state.
Travel and tourism: According to an article in CNN Travel, Orlando is one of the world's top travel destinations, so retirees will not lack for entertainment! In addition to the theme parks and ubiquitous golf courses, retirees will want to check out the undiscovered Orlando and the vibrant food scene. Lonely Planet recommends exploring Orlando's popular lakes, museums and scenic neighborhoods, like the hidden, bohemian "Milk District."
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