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Thinking of Moving to Orlando?

Discover what living in America's most beautiful city is like.

If you're thinking about relocating to Orlando and currently in the process of researching various cities around the sunshine state, you're in the right place. This page has been put together to help you gain a good overview of the Orlando area, what the city offers its residents in terms of lifestyle, amenities, job opportunities and healthcare. We also encourage you to reach out to Justin Pekarek, our Orlando relocation expert, as he is glad to answer any questions you may have about the Orlando real estate market including housing costs and annual living expenses.

About Orlando, FL

Located in Orange County, Orlando is the third largest metropolitan area in Florida with a total population of 2,509,831 (US Census Data 2017). Averaging 233 sunny days per year, this city is home to more than a dozen popular theme parks including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld and LEGOLand. Full-time residents of America's most beautiful city enjoy an average year-round temperature of 73’ degrees which is perfect for a wide variety popular outdoor activities including fitness, exploring theme parks or popular music and craft festivals. This expanding city is commonly ranked as a "Best Place to Retire" and a "Top Place to Live" in the entire county with its master-planned residential communities, top-rated hospitals, popular dining scene and overall high quality of life.

Experience Orlando in 60 seconds in the following video.



Orlando Awards & Accolades

The Orlando area commonly receives awards and accolades for its high-quality of life for millennials and retirees alike. See recent awards listed below.


Top 10 Reasons to Relocate to Orlando

  1. Orlando is Top-Rated City to Retire In
    Orlando has been rated as a "Best Place to Retire" in 2021 by US News & World Report as well as a "Best Place to Live in Florida" in 2020 by The Crazy Tourist. These studies commonly focus on factors including the affordability of home prices, access to quality healthcare and the overall happiness and quality of life for local residents.
  2. Florida Has No State Income Tax
    One large benefit of becoming a Florida resident is the lack of a state income tax. This allows you to save more of each dollar you earn. Rather than charge Floridians a state income tax, the state earns revenues from the millions of tourists that visit the sunshine state each year through a 7% sales tax (state level) and a 5% tourist tax (county level) from revenues on rental properties and hotel stays that are for six months or less. Once you declare Florida as your residence, you’ll be thankful for the tourists who pay your share of the state taxes.
  3. Orlando is Home to Over a Dozen Theme Parks
  4. Orlando Has Top-Rated Healthcare & Hospitals
    The greater Orlando area has several top-rated hospitals including AdventHealth Orlando and the Orlando Regional Medical Center. For a complete guide of the best hospitals, view US News & World Reports' annual Orlando hospital rankings list. You can refine the list of hospitals by specialty and healthcare type.
  5. Orlando Real Estate is Still Affordable
    The Orlando real estate market has been growing rapidly in recent years due to an influx of persons relocating to the area. At the onset of 2021, the median Orlando home price was $285,000 and the median Orlando monthly rent was $1,649 per month. Living on a lakefront, golf course of near downtown will obviously cost more. To find out exact housing costs, the most preferred and popular neighborhoods people are moving into, contact our Orlando relocation expert listed on this page.
  6. Orlando Offers a Year-Round Playground
    With an average year-round temperature of 73’ degrees and 233 sunny days per year, Orlando is a top Florida city for outdoor enthusiasts. If you enjoy watersport activities, try kayaking or paddle boarding through the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. If you prefer landside recreation, Orlando offers miles of biking, jogging and pet-friendly trails. If you like to observer the native wildlife and birds, enjoy an airboat ride through the Florida everglades.
  7. Orlando Has a Strong Job & Employment Market
    Boasting an unemployment rate of only 2.7%, Orlando’s job and employment market has been very robust in recent years. Top sectors in the Orlando economy include hospitality & tourism, healthcare, professional services, education, and retail. Largest employers in the greater Orlando area include Walt Disney World, Orange County Public Schools, State of Florida Government and Adventist Health System.
  8. Orlando is a Great City to Start a Business
    With an expanding population, Orlando is the top-rated large city in America to start a business. In 2019, WalletHub ranked Orlando as the #1 Best City in America to start a new business based upon 19 key factors including average growth rate per industry, current competition in the area, investor access to funding as well as local labor costs. View the Best Large Cities to Start a Business rankings.
  9. Orlando Has Great Dining & Cuisine Options
    The greater Orlando area offers a wide variety of eateries and dining establishments from casual pet-friendly sidewalk cafes to elegant, five-star restaurants. There’s also a growing scene of popular craft breweries and beer gardens to check out such as Redlight, Redlight, The Thirsty Topher and the Half Barrel Beer Project. Many of these places offer a pet-friendly vibe, live entertainment and some places even offer corn hole, darts and foosball while you enjoy a fresh, local-craft brew.
  10. Orlando Offers Endless Events to Explore
    Orlando offers an active scene of year-round events including outdoor food and craft beer festivals, musical performances, car shows and film festivals. Popular Orlando events include the Orlando Film Festival, Orlando Chili Cook-Off, Tacos & Tequila, Whiskey Business, Beer 'Merica, Orlando Greek Fest, MegaCon and the Florida Strawberry Festival.

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Orlando Relocation Reviews:

  • "Justin is a true professional! When we first relocated to Orlando, we had decided to rent to learn about the neighborhoods before commiting to buy/build. Justin showed us a variety of properties in different neighborhoods based on proximity to work. He found us the perfect rental for my wife and two kids (4 and 2). As we lived in Laureate Park, we fell in love with the community and began to explore our options. Justin found us the perfect inventory home with an ideal floor plan we were looking for!"
    Raphael Y.
    Home Buyer
  • "Justin was a great help from start to finish. Excellent knowledge of all neighbourhoods in central Florida and always available to help with any questions. Highly recommend!"
    Past Client
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  • "I was so lucky to have Justin as my buyer agent. He was excellent and professional in helping me to review and evaluate the properties we looked at. Now our whole family is joyfully living in our new home. I highly recommend Justin for all of you who are looking for a property in Orlando area!"
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Map of the Orlando Area

The following map overviews the the Orlando area. Downtown Orlando, Walt Disney World and the Orlando International Airport have been marked for your convenience.

Your Guide to Orlando Real Estate, Area Attractions, Jobs & Employment

Orlando Real Estate

Below are the best neighborhoods and top communities in the greater Orlando area that people are moving to.

Top Neighborhoods in Downtown Orlando

  • Eola Heights
  • Thornton Park
  • Parramore
  • North Quarter District
  • Lake Cherokee Historic District
  • Ivanhoe Village
  • Colleg Park
  • Winter Park

Top Communities in North Orlando

  • Sanford
  • Lake Mary
  • Altamonte Springs
  • Apopka
  • Longwood
  • Winter Springs
  • Casselberry

Top Communities in South Orlando

  • Lake Nona / Narcoossee
  • Kissimmee
  • Celebration
  • Hunters Creek
  • Buena Ventura Lakes
  • Champions Gate

Top Communities in East Orlando

  • Baldwin Park
  • Oviedo
  • Waterford Lakes
  • Avalon Park
  • Lee Vista
  • Goldenrod

Top Communities in West Orlando

  • Ocoee
  • Windermere
  • Winter Garden
  • Clermont
  • Metro West
  • Dr. Phillips
  • Lake Buena Vista

Lake Nona - Orlando's Top Master-Planned Community

Lake Nona, located in Southeast Orlando, has been recognized as the 18th fastest-growing, master planned community in the entire country in 2020. View community rankings list. Below are popular Lake Nona neighborhoods.

  • Lake Nona Country Club
  • Storey Park
  • Somerset Park
  • Laureate Park
  • Belle Vie
  • Eagle Creek
  • Enclave at Village Walk
  • Meridian Park

Top Retirement Communities in Orlando

  • Heathrow
  • Bay Hill
  • Winter Park
  • Campbell
  • Fairview Shores
  • Fern Park

Popular Orlando Area Attractions

  • Walt Disney World Resort
  • Universal Islands of Adventure
  • Universal Studios
  • Disney's Hollywood Studio
  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • Discovery Cove
  • Aquatica Park
  • Disney's Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Legoland
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Gatorland Orlando
  • Volcano Bay
  • Typhoon Lagoon
  • Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • Holy Land Experience

Orlando Area Shopping Centers

The Orlando area has popular shopping centers including the following.

Orlando Relocation Reviews

"Justin was great. Very professional and was in constant communication with me. He responded quickly and made the process very smooth. Great person to work with. I would recommend him to anyone I know."
"We had a great experience working with Justin to buy a home. He was very professional and worked diligently for us. We trusted Justin's advice as he proved not only to know the area but also to be very honest with what homes cost and what we should offer. Justin was greatly helpful in our move and we would work with Justin again in a heartbeat!"
"Justin was recommended to us when we started to venture into the house hunting phase after we moved to Orlando. He was very knowledgeable and professional in all aspects of our journey. Going through the house building process and everything that comes with it would have been much more difficult to handle if we didn't have Justin at our side. We appreciate all the things he pointed out to look for during the process and even staying in contact post closing to ensure we were getting settled. We'd highly recommend Justin to be your realtor and trusted advisor! "

Orlando Employers

Orlando is home to many of the top and best employers in Orange County, and many are headquartered here locally. Listed below are the top and largest employers in the Orlando area.

Top Healthcare Companies in Orlando

  • AdventHealth Orlando
  • United Medical Corporation
  • Orlando Health

Top Technology Companies in Orlando

  • Simform
  • Concepta
  • Luminar
  • Envy Labs

Top Financial Services Companies in Orlando

  • CNL Financial Group
  • Synchrony
  • Fidelity
  • Fairwinds Credit Union

Top Business Solution Companies in Orlando

  • SAP
  • PrimePay
  • Hexagon

Top Manufacturing Companies in Orlando

  • Correct Craft
  • Finfrock
  • Xymogen
  • Siemens Energy
  • Victory Tailgate
  • Dusobox Corporation
  • TriQuint
  • VOXX International

Largest Employers in Orange County

  • Walt Disney World Resort
  • Universal Orlando
  • Orange County Public Schools
  • Adventist Health System
  • University of Central Florida (UCF)
  • Orlando Health
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Westgate Resorts
  • SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Siemens
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Mears Transportation
  • Rosen Hotels & Resorts
  • Wyndham Worldwide
  • AT&T
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Bright House Networks
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Mears Transportation
  • FedEx
  • Loews
  • Central Florida Health Alliance
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Orange Lake Resorts
  • Consulate Health Care
  • CenturyLink
  • Marriott Vacations Worldwide