Orlando, Florida Population 2019

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 280,000, 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 Diversity

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

Several Native American tribes sparsely populated the Orlando area 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 village 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 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 four theme parks, 24 themed resort hotels, two water parks, and four 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.

Orlando Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Orlando was:

  • White: 60.74%
  • Black or African American: 26.10%
  • Other race: 5.67%
  • Asian: 4.32%
  • Two or more races: 2.90%
  • Native American: 0.23%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018285,7134,5701.63%
2017281,1433,0131.08%
2016278,1307,5082.77%
2015270,6228,1153.09%
2014262,5077,3512.88%
2013255,1565,2262.09%
2012249,9306,3452.60%
2011243,5854,2771.79%
2010239,30853,3572.55%
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%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20182,572,96260,0452.33%
20172,512,91759,9312.38%
20162,452,98665,4322.67%
20152,387,55462,6682.62%
20142,324,88654,4072.34%
20132,270,47944,7001.97%
20122,225,77949,8212.24%
20112,175,95836,7591.69%
20102,139,1990.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White163,655
Black or African American70,318
Some Other Race15,281
Asian11,645
Two or More Races7,814
American Indian and Alaska Native628
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander73

Orlando Population Pyramid 2019

Orlando Median Age

33.3


Total

32.5


Male

34.2


Female

Orlando Adults

There are 211,522 adults, (28,063 of whom are seniors) in Orlando.

Orlando Age Dependency

46.9

Age Dependency Ratio

15.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Orlando Sex Ratio

Female

139,067

51.62%

Male

130,347

48.38%

Orlando Households and Families

Orlando Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Orlando Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married51.3%48.7%
All35%65%
Non Family29.1%70.9%
Male24.3%75.7%
Female24%76%

35.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All109,4682.4435
Non Family50,6681.4229.1
Married34,7263.2251.3
Female18,5933.4224
Male5,4813.5224.3

3.19

Average Family Size

2.44

Average Household Size

8.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.9%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Orlando Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,0393.80%
9th to 12th Grade11,2776.08%
High School Graduate45,02424.29%
Some College35,84019.33%
Associates Degree19,87810.72%
Bachelors Degree44,00723.74%
Graduate Degree22,31512.04%

Orlando Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White80,15277,12437,998
Hispanic50,71443,30412,825
Black43,75236,6839,312
Other Race9,9318,4012,408
Asian8,0067,3564,720
Multiple Races3,8303,4451,577
Native American487431164
Islander737354

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 73.97%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,804$34,478$29,686
Less Than High School$18,566$20,554$16,446
High School Grad$23,919$26,257$21,401
Some College$28,866$31,357$26,217
Bachelors Degree$43,066$51,299$38,834
Graduate Degree$58,191$68,288$50,761

$31,804

Average Earnings

$34,478

Average Male

$29,686

Average Female

Orlando Language

Orlando Language by Age

Orlando Language

65.52% of Orlando residents speak only English, while 34.48% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 24.17% of the population.

Orlando Poverty

Orlando Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black69,42618,85427.16%
Hispanic79,17418,48623.35%
White101,73111,63311.44%
Other15,1803,63523.95%
Multiple7,5651,84824.43%
Asian11,5981,1589.98%
Native620365.81%

19.15%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.45%

Male Poverty Rate

20.74%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Orlando

The race most likely to be in poverty in Orlando is Black, with 27.16% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Orlando is Native, with 5.81% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.12%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.03%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.01%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School29.33%
High School21.09%
Some College15.08%
Bachelors or Greater7.37%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed46.85%
Male Unemployed44.02%
Female Employed11.01%
Male Employed7.92%

Orlando Income

Orlando Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$45,436$65,450
Families$50,113$74,665
Married Families$69,180$96,587
Non Families$38,410$52,358

Orlando Marital Status

Orlando Marital Status

Marriage Rates

35.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.9%

Male Marriage Rate

32.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Orlando Married by Age and Sex

Orlando Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Orlando Marital Status by Race

Orlando Veterans

11,714

Number of Veterans

10,170

Male Veterans

1,544

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,563
Second Gulf War2,846
First Gulf War2,600
Korea867
World War II549
Age Group Veterans
35 to 543,298
65 to 742,420
75+2,175
55 to 642,068
18 to 341,753

Orlando Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White8,1406.10%
Black2,8455.53%
Hispanic1,7732.97%
Other2281.94%
Asian2262.44%
2 or More2244.88%
Indian519.70%

Orlando Veterans by Education

12.37%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.91%

Veteran Disability Rate

Orlando Employment Status

72%

Labor Force Participation

66.9%

Employment Rate

6.9%

Unemployment Rate

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

36.95%

Born in Florida

80.17%

Native Born

19.83%

Foreign Born

11.21%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

80.17% of Orlando residents were born in the United States, with 36.95% having been born in Florida. 11.21% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.