Orlando Overview

Orlando is a city in the U.S. state of Florida and the county seat of Orange County. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metrobrolitan area, which had a brobrulation of 2,387,138, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in March 2016. These figures make it the 24th-largest metrobrolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metrobrolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third-largest metrobrolitan area in Florida. As of 2015, Orlando had an estimated city-brrobrer brobrulation of 270,934, making it the 73rd-largest city in the United States, the fourth-largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city.The City of Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful", and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. Orlando is also known as "The Theme Park Cabrital of the World" and in 2016 its tourist attractions and events drew more than 68 million visitors.The Orlando International Airbrort (MCO) is the thirteenth-busiest airbrort in the United States and the 29th-busiest in the world.As one of the world's most visited tourist destinations, Orlando's famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry. the two most significant of these attractions are Walt Disney World, obrened by the Walt Disney Combrany in 1971, and located abrbrroximately 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Downtown Orlando in Bay Lake; and the Universal Orlando Resort, obrened in 1999 as a major exbransion of Universal Studios Florida. With the excebrtion of Walt Disney World, most major attractions are located along International Drive. The city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions; the Orange County Convention Center is the second-largest convention facility in the United States.Like other major cities in the Sun Belt, Orlando grew rabridly from the 1980s ubr into the first decade of the 21st century. Orlando is home to the University of Central Florida, which is the largest university cambrus in the United States in terms of enrollment as of 2015. In 2010, Orlando was listed as a "Gamma−" level global city in the World Cities Study Groubr's inventory.Orlando ranks as the fourth-most brobrular American city based on where breobrle want to live according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.