Orlando, Florida Population 2018

Orlando is a city in Florida in the central part of the state. Known as "The City Beautiful" and "The Theme Park Capital of the World," Orlando gets more than 51 million tourists every year, including almost 4 million from outside the U.S. It's the most visited city in the country with attractions including Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, Gatorland and Wet 'n Wild Water Park.

Orlando has an estimated population of 254,000, which ranks 77th in the United States and a population density of 2,327 people per square mile, or 899 per square kilometer. The urban area is the 32nd largest in the country with 1.5 million people, while the Greater Orlando metropolitan area has a population of 2.13 million, which is the 26th largest in the country, the 6th largest in the Southeastern U.S. and the 3rd largest in Florida. Orlando is the largest inland city in Florida and the 5th largest city in Florida.

Orlando Demographics

At the 2010 Census, the racial composition of Orlando was:

  • White: 57.6% (non-Hispanic: 41.3%)
  • Black or African American: 28.1%
  • Asian: 3.8%
  • Native American or Alaska Native: 0.4%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Two or more races: 3.4%
  • Other race: 6.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 25.4%

Orlando has the largest Puerto Rican and fastest-growing population in Florida with a cultural impact similar to that of Cuban Americans in South Florida. The Hispanic population of the city has grown dramatically in the last few decades from just 4% in 1980 to 25% in 2010. There is also a large Caribbean and West Indian population in the city with many Tobagonians, Trinidadians and Jamaicans and a large Haitian community.

Orlando History

The Orlando area was sparsely populated by several Native American tribes before European settlers arrived in 1536. The name Orlando is believed to come from a soldier named Orlando Reeves who died in 1835, supposedly after a Native American attack in the area during the Second Seminole War, although there are many legends about the city's name and there are no military records of Orlando Reeves.

The Second Seminole War from 1835 to 1842 arose over disagreements between natives and early American settlers on issues including slaves and cattle. The natives eventually moved away and pioneers built a town around Fort Gatlin, which was constructed south of present-day Orlando city limits in 1838 to protect settlers from Indian attacks. A small town was built around the fort by 1840 and named Jernigan after cattleman Aaron Jernigan, the first permanent settler.

Orlando remained a rural area through the American Civil War but the Reconstruction Era brought a population boom and the city was incorporated in 1875. 1875 to 1895 was Orlando's Gilded Era as it became the hub for the state's massive citrus industry but a massive freeze shifted operations further south. Between the Spanish-American War and World War I, Orlando became a popular resort town.

Orlando was really put on the map when Walt Disney announced plans to construct Walt Disney World in 1965. He chose Orlando over Tampa or Miami to avoid the risk of hurricanes and the world-famous resort opened in 1971, exploding the economic growth and population of Orlando and making it one of the most visited cities in the country. Tourism remains a centerpiece of the region's economy.

Orlando Population Growth

Between 2010 and 2012, Orlando enjoyed the second-highest population growth in Florida, adding more than 7,100 residents in two years. Miami was the fastest growing, adding 15,000 people. Orlando is also the second-fastest growing metropolitan region in the United States in 2014 with a growth rate of more than 2% per year, losing to Austin, Texas but beating out Raleigh, North Carolina, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.

Orlando Facts

  • In 2009, Orlando ranked as the 4th most popular U.S. city based on where people want to live.
  • Orlando's Wet 'n Wild water park is the first ever and it is one of few that remains open year-round.
  • Two Manhattans or all of San Francisco could fit in Orlando's Walt Disney World Resort.
  • If you ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at a different restaurant in the city every day, it would take five years to dine at every restaurant.
  • Orlando has the second largest number of hotel rooms in the United States behind Las Vegas.

Orlando Attractions

Orlando is best known around the world for its many popular attractions.

Walt Disney World is located just outside of Orlando and it's the most visited vacation resort in the world with more than 52 million visitors every year. The property covers 66 square miles with 4 theme parks, 24 themed resort hotels, 2 water parks and 4 golf courses.

Universal Orlando Resort is the largest property operated by Universal Parks & Resorts and the largest resort in Orlando with two theme parks: Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Universal Orlando Resort, as of 1998, now includes Wet 'n Wild Water Park, the first water park in America.

SeaWorld features marine animals like sea lions, orcas and dolphins with displays and shows. SeaWorld had the first birth of a killer whale in captivity and the first hatching of captive green sea turtles.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017280,2572,3780.86%
2016277,8797,1012.62%
2015270,7788,0483.06%
2014262,7307,4132.90%
2013255,3175,3272.13%
2012249,9906,4852.66%
2011243,5054,3071.80%
2010239,19853,2472.55%
2000185,95121,2581.22%
1990164,69336,4022.53%
1980128,29129,2852.63%
197099,00610,8711.17%
196088,13535,7685.34%
195052,36715,6313.61%
194036,7369,4063.00%
193027,33018,04811.40%
19209,2825,3889.07%
19103,8941,3944.53%
19002,500-356-1.32%
18902,8560.00%

Orlando Population in 2018Source: By Bill Dickinson (websites [2][3]) ([1]) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White160,607
Black or African American69,572
Some Other Race15,101
Asian10,109
Two or More Races7,168
American Indian and Alaska Native671
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander78

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Orlando Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Orlando Median Age

33.2


Total

32.5


Male

33.9


Female

Orlando Adults

There are 206,169 adults, (26,594 of which are seniors) in Orlando.

Orlando Age Dependency

46.5

Age Dependency Ratio

14.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Orlando Sex Ratio

Female

136,775

51.95%

Male

126,531

48.05%

Orlando Households and Families

Orlando Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Orlando Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married51.9%48.1%
All35.5%64.5%
Non Family30.1%69.9%
Male28.7%71.3%
Female22.6%77.4%

35.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Orlando Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All108,5232.435.5
Non Family51,1281.3830.1
Married33,6453.1751.9
Female18,3553.4922.6
Male5,3953.5228.7

3.2

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

7.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Orlando Households

Orlando Education

Orlando Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,9553.87%
9th to 12th Grade11,9586.66%
High School Graduate43,99124.50%
Some College34,76019.36%
Associates Degree19,06810.62%
Bachelors Degree41,30023.00%
Graduate Degree21,54612.00%

Orlando Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White79,37776,42237,561
Hispanic48,73840,78111,582
Black42,16935,0108,903
Other Race9,7328,2492,070
Asian7,0486,4053,962
Multiple Races3,5753,0981,136
Native American489404144
Islander787860

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 76.92%.

Orlando Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,639$34,345$29,386
Less Than High School$17,495$20,679$15,437
High School Grad$23,601$26,071$20,724
Some College$29,749$31,584$27,015
Bachelors Degree$41,599$50,574$37,505
Graduate Degree$56,474$71,172$49,555

$31,639

Average Earnings

$34,345

Average Male

$29,386

Average Female

Orlando Language

Orlando Language by Age

Orlando Language

66.57% of Orlando residents speak only English, while 33.43% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 23.87% of the population.

Orlando Poverty

Orlando Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black68,65320,86630.39%
Hispanic76,29517,79123.32%
White101,74011,37711.18%
Other15,0023,90626.04%
Multiple6,9551,95528.11%
Asian10,0591,04710.41%
Native671304.47%

19.89%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.93%

Male Poverty Rate

21.70%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Orlando

The race most likely to be in poverty in Orlando is Black, with 30.39% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Orlando is Native, with 4.47% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.31%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.04%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.76%.

Orlando Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.26%
High School20.42%
Some College14.81%
Bachelors or Greater7.00%

Orlando Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed45.80%
Male Unemployed41.45%
Female Employed11.47%
Male Employed7.88%

Orlando Income

Orlando Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$44,007$62,058
Families$49,551$71,738
Married Families$67,616$92,823
Non Families$36,141$48,963

Orlando Marital Status

Orlando Marital Status

Marriage Rates

34.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.7%

Male Marriage Rate

32.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Orlando Married by Age and Sex

Orlando Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Orlando Marital Status by Race

Orlando Veterans

Orlando Veterans by War

12,408

Number of Veterans

10,879

Male Veterans

1,529

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam3,658
Second Gulf War3,021
First Gulf War2,871
Korea976
World War II525

Orlando Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 543,653
65 to 742,455
75+2,186
55 to 642,183
18 to 341,931

Orlando Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White8,6996.64%
Black2,9645.93%
Hispanic1,9063.29%
2 or More2545.70%
Other2412.02%
Asian1902.37%
Indian6010.91%

Orlando Veterans by Education

10.41%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.88%

Veteran Disability Rate

Orlando Employment Status

Orlando Employment by Age

72.4%

Labor Force Participation

66.3%

Employment Rate

8.2%

Unemployment Rate

Orlando Employment by Race

Orlando Employment by Education

Orlando Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

37.21%

Born in Florida

81.56%

Native Born

18.44%

Foreign Born

10.15%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

81.56% of Orlando residents were born in the United States, with 37.21% having been born in Florida. 10.15% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.