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.
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.
- 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 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.