One of America’s most popular vacation destinations, Orlando welcomes more than 60 million visitors per year. Some tourists enjoy the area so much that they decide to return for a permanent stay. Who can blame them? There are no frigid winters to suffer through and more than enough activities to keep the average family happily busy. It also doesn’t hurt that the booming tourism industry offsets the need for a state income tax, so residents need only worry about filing their federal return each year. Coupled with a cost of housing lower than the national average, Orlando is a financially sound choice for people looking to save a buck or two. Orlando homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $239,900. Homes for sale in Orlando can be found in neighborhoods like walkable downtown-adjacent College Park and East Orlando, home to the University of Central Florida.
Orlando boasts more than 100 lakes to enjoy. Fun fact: Lake Eola is more of a giant sinkhole than a lake, with its greatest depth reaching 80 feet! The year-round warm-to-hot weather makes it easy to splash around any of these sites, or at nearby Cocoa Beach, a mere 45-minute drive. Despite being surrounded by high-energy theme parks, the city of Orlando also encourages more laid-back activity at any of its more than 100 parks or community centers.
Indeed, theme parks are a major component of the Orlando economy, with many of the world’s biggest and best located within its city limits. Walt Disney World is king, and includes many separate sites, like Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Epcot at Disney World, among others. Universal Orlando also attracts throngs of thrill-seekers at locations like Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. For good measure, there’s a Bible-centric theme park located nearby, too!
Locals also love taking advantage of the wide range of shopping, dining (particularly along Restaurant Row) and sporting options. Currently, Orlando is home to Orlando Magic basketball, Orlando City soccer, Orlando Anarchy women’s football and Orlando Predators arena football.