Orlando is a city located in Orange County Florida. Orlando has a 2023 population of 312,280. It is also the county seat of Orange County.Orlando is currently growing at a rate of 0.5% annually and its population has increased by 1.52% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 307,603 in 2020.
The average household income in Orlando is $88,128 with a poverty rate of 15.46%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Orlando is 34.4 years, 34.2 years for males, and 34.6 years for females.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Orlando was:
Black or African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 50.56%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
59.2% of Orlando residents speak only English, while 40.8% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 28.72% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Orlando is Native, with 44.1% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Orlando is White, with 10.76% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.36%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.53%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.57%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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 35-44.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Orlando
75.61% of Orlando residents were born in the United States, with 34.23% having been born in Florida. 12.87% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.