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Orlando, Florida

The city of Orlando is the county seat of Orange County, Florida, located at latitude 28°30' North, longitude 81°22' West. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 185,951.

The Zip codes for Orlando are in the range from 32801 to 32899.

The city is most famous for the nearby Walt Disney World theme park as well as other similar tourist attractions.

Orlando is served by Orlando International Airport. Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida only takes a little bit of Orlando's flying demand.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 History


Orlando is located at 28°32'1" North, 81°22'33" West (28.533513, -81.375789)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 261.5 km² (100.9 mi²). 242.2 km² (93.5 mi²) of it is land and 19.3 km² (7.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 7.39% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 185,951 people, 80,883 households, and 42,382 families residing in the city. The population density is 767.9/km² (1,988.9/mi²). There are 88,486 housing units at an average density of 365.4/km² (946.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 61.10% White, 26.85% African American, 0.34% Native American, 2.68% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 5.41% from other races, and 3.54% from two or more races. 17.48% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 80,883 households out of which 24.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.4% are married couples living together, 15.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 47.6% are non-families. 35.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.25 and the average family size is 2.97.

In the city the population is spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 37.3% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $35,732, and the median income for a family is $40,648. Males have a median income of $30,866 versus $25,267 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,216. 15.9% of the population and 13.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 27.0% are under the age of 18 and 12.6% are 65 or older.


Orlando had its origins, according to some histories, around 1836 when a man named Orlando Reeves allegedly died in the area. There are other versions of the origin of Orlando. At any rate, the city was incorporated in 1872. The next crucial milestone in the history was World War II, when some Air Force personnel were stationed at Orlando Air Force Base ( now known as Orlando International Airport ). Some of these servicemen stayed in Orlando to settle and raise families. In 1956 the aerospace/defense company Martin Marrieta established a plant in Orlando. The most famous event occurred in 1965 when Walt Disney announced the future opening of his theme park, Walt Disney World. The famous theme park opened in October, 1971, ushering in an explosive population and economic growth for the Orlando metropolitan area, which now encompasses Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake counties.