Each and every year more than 51 million people visit Orlando, Florida, and it's easy to see why. Nicknamed the 'Theme Park Capital of the World,' the city is home to Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, and other attractions such as Gatorland and Wet 'n Wild Water Park. Moreover, the city attracts millions of people annually for conventions and conferences, and has also been called the 'Beautiful City' for reasons that become obvious when you visit.
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Housing StatisticsThe population of Orlando isn't high for a city that attracts such a wealth of tourism, with only about 250,000 inhabitants. The median household income is just about $40,000, $5,000 less than the Florida median, with a per capita income of about $23,000. The average listing price for a property for sale in the city is just under $285,000, with a median price of just under $140,000 and a price per square foot of $99. Since the beginning of 2010, average house sales per month within Orlando fluctuate between 4,000 and 5,000 sales, showing that the housing market is a fairly active one.
Arts and CultureThere are several music scenes active in the city, ranging from hip hop to rock music, and from heavy metal to Latino rhythms. In the city, you'll find a vibrant movie scene; it's obvious why people call the city 'Hollywood East,' with a host of movie studios producing films in Orlando since the 1990s, although now the focus is primarily on TV movies, television shows, and commercials. The city also houses an active theater population, with lots of pro, semi-pro, and amateur theater outfits operating in the area. If you're interested in the performing arts, taking a trip to one of the many theaters, including the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Ballet, and the Mad Cow Theater, is worth a go. So, how about some museums? Well, the city doesn't let you down on this front either, with a range of museums that educate and entertain in a way only central Florida knows how. Be sure to check out the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Science Center, and, for something slightly different, Titanic: The Experience. If you're interested in the sinking of the great ship, this is a place you definitely want to visit.
Local SportsIf you're into sports, Orlando has you covered with some decent sports teams competing across a range of different games. If it's basketball you like, Orlando Magic should garner your support. If you're more keen on ice hockey, get on down and support the Orlando Solar Bears. If it's soccer that turns your head, get behind the Orlando City USL Pro soccer team. Of course, there's also some minor league teams to support as well, many of which have had great success. In the past, the city's teams have seen success in ice hockey (winning two titles), baseball (winning three titles), and soccer, arena football, and even roller hockey, with one title apiece. And let's not forget that some major sporting stars, both past and present, live in the Orlando area. Of most note are golfing greats Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods, as well as basketball star, Shaquille O'Neal.
Neighborhood GuideOrlando benefits from year-round sunshine and warm temperatures, and with its great attractions, it's no mystery why so many people visit the area each year, and many choose to set down roots and stay for good. There are 115 neighborhoods within the city limits, so picking one to settle in can be tricky. However, you'll find a wealth of options for rent to own properties, houses for sale, and rental homes across the greater metropolitan area. Here are some of the best neighborhoods you'll find in the city:
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