Orlando, FL
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Living in Orlando


Orlando is a relatively large city located in the state of Florida. With a population of 285,713 people and 149 constituent neighborhoods, Orlando is the fifth largest community in Florida.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Orlando is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Orlando is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Orlando who work in sales jobs (12.64%), office and administrative support (12.60%), and management occupations (10.37%).

Also of interest is that Orlando has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Orlando is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Orlando is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Orlando is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Orlando area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of Orlando is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.74% of adults in Orlando have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Orlando in 2010 was $29,930, which is middle income relative to Florida, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $119,720 for a family of four. However, Orlando contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Orlando is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Orlando home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Orlando residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Orlando also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 31.11% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Orlando include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Haitian.

Orlando also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.17%.

The most common language spoken in Orlando is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.