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.
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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.
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.
Orlando is Home to Over a Dozen Theme Parks
With over a dozen world-class theme parks to explore in your backyard, you're sure to find fun for all ages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 Home Buyer
"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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Your Orlando Relocation Specialist
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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
North Quarter District
Lake Cherokee Historic District
Top Communities in North Orlando
Top Communities in South Orlando
Lake Nona / Narcoossee
Buena Ventura Lakes
Top Communities in East Orlando
Top Communities in West Orlando
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
Enclave at Village Walk
Top Retirement Communities in Orlando
Popular Orlando Area Attractions
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal Islands of Adventure
Disney's Hollywood Studio
Disney's Magic Kingdom
Blizzard Beach Water Park
Holy Land Experience
Orlando Area Shopping Centers
The Orlando area has popular shopping centers including the following.
"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 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.
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