Only one destination on the planet combines a tropical climate and relaxed lifestyle with the world’s most popular tourist attractions. Orlando stands in a class of its own as a desirable place to live as well as visit, brimming over with amenities that guarantee an unrivaled quality of life.

Ideally situated in Central Florida, the area known as Metro Orlando encompasses the nearby counties of Orange, Seminole, and Osceola. It also takes in the cities and small communities that lie in the western part of Volusia County. The geographical diversity and the sheer variety of settings that make up this dynamic region combine to offer quality lifestyle options that seem virtually unlimited.

Newcomers will discover quaint rural towns, upscale residential enclaves, loft-style luxury condominiums in the heart of the city, or beautiful neighborhoods where ancient oaks shade meticulous landscaping. In spite of the fact that Metro Orlando has been one of the nation’s fastest growing regions for several decades, the cost of living has remained surprisingly low.

Economy & Transportation
The tourism and hospitality industries are still the driving forces behind the Metro Orlando economy, but other industries and sectors have also experienced phenomenal growth in recent decades. The region is now ranked among the top ten in the nation for business. This thriving region has welcomed corporate headquarters, regional trade and distribution centers, research institutes, high-tech leaders, service companies, and high-profile major manufacturers. Half of the world’s cellular phones rely on chips that are manufactured in Orlando. Among the corporate giants that maintain a presence are the American Automobile Association, Lockheed Martin, Cirent Semiconductor, Tupperware, and the Oracle Corporation.

One of the fastest growing international airports in the world combines with a strong network of interstates and highways to ensure transportation efficiencies. Amtrak passenger rail and Greyhound Bus Lines provide service to key destinations across the nation. Mass transit for commuters is offered by the award-winning Lynx system, providing more than 40 bus routes. Plans for Lynx light rail are underway.

A progressive educational environment fosters achievement in the classroom and thrives on innovative partnerships with the local business community. The University of Central Florida educates students in a broad range of programs including the first doctoral program in computer science in Florida. The Institute of Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida has attracted more than 150 businesses that are interested in the exceptional talent of its graduating engineers. Public and private schools excel in offering special programs and extracurricular activities that underline the dedication to foster creative expression and the development of individual talent. Traditional learning environments blend with nationally recognized ventures to offer a wide range of educational choices. For example, the curriculum for students in the master-planned community of Celebration was designed by professors from some of the nation’s most prestigious universities.

From professionals in private practice that represent every major specialty to nationally acclaimed healthcare centers, the Central Florida region is home to superb healthcare services. State-of-the-art facilities in Metro Orlando encompass such leading healthcare providers as Orlando Regional Healthcare System, boasting one of the top trauma centers in the Southeast. Florida Hospital, which is affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, is Florida’s largest private non-profit hospital system and includes the Walt Disney Memorial Cancer Institute.

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