Orlando, Florida Population 2021

290,520
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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 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 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.

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 Demographics

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

  • White: 61.31%
  • Black or African American: 24.55%
  • Other race: 6.19%
  • Asian: 4.25%
  • Two or more races: 3.48%
  • Native American: 0.21%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Orlando, Florida is 290,520based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 285,903.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 238,300.

Orlando, Florida Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20212,674,76033,3001.24%
20202,641,46033,3101.26%
20192,608,15033,3101.28%
20182,574,84057,0602.22%
20172,517,78062,2002.47%
20162,455,58067,0702.73%
20152,388,51064,1202.68%
20142,324,39054,2402.33%
20132,270,15044,5101.96%
20122,225,64049,5902.23%
20112,176,05036,8901.70%
20102,139,1600.00%

Orlando Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White172,16861.31%
Black or African American68,93724.55%
Some Other Race17,3876.19%
Asian11,9264.25%
Two or More Races9,7823.48%
American Indian and Alaska Native5830.21%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander490.02%
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Orlando Population By Race

Orlando Population Pyramid 2021

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Orlando Median Age

33.8


Total

33


Male

34.3


Female

Orlando Adults

There are 221,568 adults, (28,764 of whom are seniors) in Orlando.

Orlando Age Dependency

45.7

Age Dependency Ratio

14.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Orlando Sex Ratio

Mujer

146,047

52.01%

Masculino

134,785

47.99%

Orlando Population by Age

Orlando Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Orlando Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married52.5%47.5%
All35.4%64.6%
Non Family28%72%
Masculino26.5%73.5%
Mujer24.2%75.8%

35.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Orlando Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All112,1372.4835.4
Non Family51,1681.4328
Married37,2513.2952.5
Mujer18,3813.524.2
Masculino5,3373.526.5

3.25

Average Family Size

2.48

Average Household Size

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Orlando Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,0543.57%
9th to 12th Grade11,8916.02%
High School Graduate45,76523.18%
Some College36,31018.39%
Associates Degree21,24310.76%
Bachelors Degree50,16225.41%
Graduate Degree24,99112.66%
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Orlando Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Orlando Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White81,03077,69141,403
Hispanic59,37051,51617,073
Black45,36638,3629,881
Other Race11,5009,7312,983
Asian8,6007,9615,188
2+ Races4,7214,3562,152
Native American33028149
Islander4949

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 asian people with a rate of 60.33%.

Orlando Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$34,157$38,473$30,937
Less Than 9th Grade$20,386$22,340$17,581
High School Graduate$24,923$26,812$22,926
Some College$30,439$32,784$26,704
Bachelors Degree$46,816$54,914$40,058
Graduate Degree$61,705$80,956$51,906

$34,157

Average Earnings

$38,473

Average Male

$30,937

Average Female

Orlando Earnings by Educational Attainment

Orlando Language by Age

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Orlando Language

61.83% of Orlando residents speak only English, while 38.17% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 26.79% of the population.

Orlando Language

Orlando Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic91,22618,12619.87%
Black68,06716,04423.57%
White101,53212,11711.93%
Other17,3313,13718.10%
Multiple9,6391,44915.03%
Asian11,8621,1079.33%
Native5706110.70%

17.23%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.54%

Male Poverty Rate

18.79%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Orlando

The race most likely to be in poverty in Orlando is Black, with 23.57% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Orlando is Asian, with 9.33% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.77%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.10%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.03%.

Orlando Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade24.99%
High School19.30%
Some College14.52%
Bachelors or Greater7.74%

Orlando Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed47.06%
Male Unemployed38.43%
Female Employed9.88%
Male Employed7.12%

Orlando Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Orlando Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$51,757$75,669
Families$57,299$86,094
Married Families$77,167$109,092
Non Families$43,881$60,390
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Income by Household Type

Orlando Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

36.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.9%

Male Marriage Rate

34.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Orlando Married by Age and Sex

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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 35-44.

Orlando Marital Status by Race

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Orlando Marital Status

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11,586

Number of Veterans

10,181

Male Veterans

1,405

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,538
Second Gulf War3,142
First Gulf War3,058
Korea599
World War II303

Orlando Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 543,201
65 to 742,566
55 to 642,537
75+1,691
18 to 341,591

Orlando Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White7,5505.41%
Black3,0605.85%
Hispanic2,1873.19%
Other Race4303.12%
Asian3543.68%
2+ Races1713.08%
Native American215.30%

Orlando Veterans by Race

Orlando Veterans by Education

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11.93%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.61%

Veteran Disability Rate

Orlando Veterans by Education

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72.1%

Labor Force Participation

68%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Orlando Employment by Age

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Orlando Employment by Race

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Orlando Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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35.11%

Born in Orlando

78.01%

Native Born

21.99%

Foreign Born

12.38%

Non Citizen

9.62%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

78.01% of Orlando residents were born in the United States, with 35.11% having been born in Florida. 12.38% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Orlando Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021290,5201,5390.53%
2020288,9811,5390.54%
2019287,4421,5390.54%
2018285,9034,0991.45%
2017281,8043,2921.18%
2016278,5127,7262.85%
2015270,7868,3173.17%
2014262,4697,3342.87%
2013255,1355,2002.08%
2012249,9356,3152.59%
2011243,6204,2941.79%
2010239,32653,3752.56%
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 by Year