Orlando, Florida Population 2020

291,739

Orlando is a city located in Orange County, Florida. With a 2020 population of 291,739, it is the 4th largest city in Florida (after Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa) and the 70th largest city in the United States. Orlando is currently growing at a rate of 1.04% annually and its population has increased by 22.43% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 238,300 in 2010. Spanning over 119 miles, Orlando has a population density of 2,639 people per square mile.

The average household income in Orlando is $69,685 with a poverty rate of 18.23%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,139 per month, and the median house value is $217,800. The median age in Orlando is 33.5 years, 32.8 years for males, and 34.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.1 males.

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: 60.75%
  • Black or African American: 25.41%
  • Other race: 6.21%
  • Asian: 4.27%
  • Two or more races: 3.15%
  • Native American: 0.18%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Orlando, Florida is 291,739, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 285,713. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 238,300.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20202,693,05260,0452.23%
20192,633,00760,0452.28%
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 Percentage
White167,46860.75%
Black or African American70,05925.41%
Some Other Race17,1146.21%
Asian11,7664.27%
Two or More Races8,6923.15%
American Indian and Alaska Native5050.18%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander860.03%

Orlando Population Pyramid 2020

Orlando Median Age

33.5


Total

32.8


Male

34.2


Female

Orlando Adults

There are 218,024 adults, (28,175 of whom are seniors) in Orlando.

Orlando Age Dependency

45.2

Age Dependency Ratio

14.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Orlando Sex Ratio

Female

142,805

51.80%

Male

132,885

48.20%

Orlando Households and Families

Orlando Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Orlando Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married50.8%49.2%
All35.1%64.9%
Non Family29%71%
Male27.1%72.9%
Female23.6%76.4%

35.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All111,6742.4535.1
Non Family51,6521.4229
Married36,3663.2650.8
Female18,1803.4523.6
Male5,4763.4827.1

3.22

Average Family Size

2.45

Average Household Size

8.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.9%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Orlando Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,2053.75%
9th to 12th Grade11,5276.00%
High School Graduate45,71823.80%
Some College36,11318.80%
Associates Degree20,97410.92%
Bachelors Degree46,80824.37%
Graduate Degree23,76312.37%

Orlando Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White81,03477,82739,418
Hispanic55,28747,47815,150
Black44,84637,8269,587
Other Race11,2479,4212,595
Asian8,1997,4644,755
Multiple Races4,3894,0932,011
Native American32928447
Islander868633

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 57.99%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,465$36,219$30,385
Less Than High School$19,142$20,902$16,933
High School Grad$24,930$26,304$23,242
Some College$28,956$31,971$25,827
Bachelors Degree$45,020$53,365$39,738
Graduate Degree$59,036$74,992$51,631

$32,465

Average Earnings

$36,219

Average Male

$30,385

Average Female

Orlando Language

Orlando Language by Age

Orlando Language

63.27% of Orlando residents speak only English, while 36.73% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 25.33% of the population.

Orlando Poverty

Orlando Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic85,11418,73222.01%
Black69,13016,90624.46%
White101,88312,08211.86%
Other17,0593,54520.78%
Multiple8,5211,61318.93%
Asian11,7271,41512.07%
Native492367.32%

18.23%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.69%

Male Poverty Rate

19.66%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Orlando

The race most likely to be in poverty in Orlando is Black, with 24.46% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Orlando is Native, with 7.32% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.75%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.84%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.41%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.76%
High School20.58%
Some College15.32%
Bachelors or Greater8.06%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed48.32%
Male Unemployed42.25%
Female Employed10.36%
Male Employed8.15%

Orlando Income

Orlando Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$48,511$69,685
Families$53,971$79,473
Married Families$72,612$101,342
Non Families$40,140$55,809

Orlando Marital Status

Orlando Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.7%

Male Marriage Rate

33.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Orlando Married by Age and Sex

Orlando Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Orlando Marital Status by Race

Orlando Veterans

11,430

Number of Veterans

10,025

Male Veterans

1,405

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,524
Second Gulf War3,090
First Gulf War2,704
Korea697
World War II405
Age Group Veterans
35 to 543,165
65 to 742,401
55 to 642,254
75+1,935
18 to 341,675
Name Veterans % of Total
White7,6345.58%
Black2,8535.44%
Hispanic2,2463.46%
Other4733.47%
Asian2382.57%
2 or More2124.14%
Indian205.76%

$Orlando Veterans by Education

11.19%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.23%

Veteran Disability Rate

Orlando Employment Status

71.8%

Labor Force Participation

67.4%

Employment Rate

6%

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

35.55%

Born in Florida

78.83%

Native Born

21.17%

Foreign Born

12.08%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

78.83% of Orlando residents were born in the United States, with 35.55% having been born in Florida. 12.08% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020291,7393,0131.04%
2019288,7263,0131.05%
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%