Strategically positioned in the center of Florida, the city of Orlando is the county seat of Orange County, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 185,951 (metropolitan area 1,644,561). A 2005 U.S. Census Estimates population count gave the city population was 213,233 (metropolitan area 1,933,255). It is the sixth-largest city in Florida, and its largest inland city. It is also at the head of the Orlando – Kissimmee, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Orlando – Kissimmee MSA is Florida’s third-largest metropolitan area, behind Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater. Additionally, Orlando is home to the second largest university in Florida, the University of Central Florida.
The region leads the way in terms of variables such as housing starts; growth in population, employment and resident income; mortgage lending; building permits; new-home sales; and home prices. On the strength of those factors, housing availability, affordability and diversity are widely apparent. Homeowners save significantly by living in Metro Orlando.
As for diversity, Orlando real estate, Orlando housing options and Orlando neighborhoods span a broad spectrum, from an urban setting in downtown Orlando Florida to the rolling hills of Lake County. Houses in every description — from one-bedroom condo units to multi-acre estates — are plentiful, largely thanks to a new construction sector that is one of the nation’s most active.