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Orlando, Florida has a humid subtropical climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and mild, relatively dry winters. The city experiences a mix of tropical and continental influences due to its location in the southeastern United States.

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orlando at a glance

The cost of living in Orlando comes in at 3.2% more than the national average, making it a relatively affordable option for those looking to live in big towns. The typical home value is around $369,400, and the real estate market is thriving. Nearly 62% of households in Orlando rent, with a median rate of $2,145, which is $208 more than the national median of $1,937. 

Orlando ranks highly for job growth, with one of the fastest-growing job markets in the nation, and most of that growth stems from the professional and business services industry. Major employers in the area include Orange County Public Schools, Orange County government and the City of Orlando, Amway Center, and Electronic Arts Inc., offering a range of professional options for new transplants.

Thanks to wide, well-maintained roads, traffic is generally smooth, even in downtown Orlando. It can get busy, especially on the freeways near Disneyworld and Orlando International Airport, but traffic is usually manageable.

Those who don’t drive have plenty of public transit options, such as the LYNX bus service and LYMMO, which offers free transportation downtown.

Orlando is home to 213 public schools and 137 private schools, with 87% of all K-12 students enrolled in public options. It’s also home to the University of Central Florida, one of the largest universities in the country.

Living in Orlando, Florida offers a vibrant lifestyle with its warm climate, numerous attractions, and a thriving entertainment industry. With the help of CEND, you can make a smooth move to this exciting city and start enjoying your new life.

where to live, have fun, and explore


From the bustling downtown district with its vibrant nightlife and cultural attractions to the family-friendly suburbs surrounding the theme parks, and the upscale communities nestled around beautiful lakes, there is a neighborhood in Orlando to suit a variety of lifestyles and preferences.

This neighborhood is home to many families and young professionals. It provides a blend of urban and suburban benefits, and despite the city average, an estimated 78% of residents here own their homes. Nearly 25% of households have children, and the median household income is estimated at $74,294. 

The upscale Thornton Park area has a median household income of $90,294 and features plenty of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Around 25% of homes have children, and the largest age bracket is between 25 and 54 years of age. 

This neighborhood is one of the best in Orlando, providing plenty to do for the young professionals who reside here, including bars and restaurants. Only 11% of residents here have children, and the median income is $62,093, with the bulk of residents in the 25-34 year age range.

This dense urban area attracts young professionals, with people aged 25-34 years old comprising 46% of the population. In this neighborhood, the median household income is $88,247.

This neighborhood has a sparse urban feel, and the majority of residents own their homes. Around 27% of households have children. The average income is $99,227, and most residents are between 35 and 64 years of age.

Ranked as the second-best neighborhood to raise a family, 23% of households in Delaney Park have children, with the median household income of $131,364, nearly doubling the national median.

Lake Nona South has a median household income of $122,628, and 42% of households have children. Residents here enjoy a sparse suburban feel with access to many grocery stores and restaurants.

Richmond Heights ranks as one of the lowest cost neighborhoods in Florida, and the median household income is $38,174. Around 22% of households have children, and just over 33% of residents are between the ages of 18 and 44. 

things to do in orlando, fl

BBQ Festivals: Orlando and surrounding areas are known for family-friendly BBQ festivals, featuring a range of foods beyond typical barbecue fare, such as smothered nachos and green bean casserole.
Orlando Wine Festival: The annual Orlando Wine Festival offers the opportunity to enjoy spring weather while enjoying good food, great wine, and plenty of entertainment.
Apopka International Jazz Festival: This annual 1-day event features a chance to enjoy great contemporary jazz and R&B music.
Orlando Carnival Downtown: Offering a peek into Caribbean culture and music, this carnival features dancing, art, pageants, and delicious foods from many Caribbean nations.
International Food and Drink Festival: This all-day event centers around delicious foods certain to please the taste buds, exotic drinks, and food eating contests.

Orlando City SC: Orlando’s professional soccer club, this team competes in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer. Cheer them on at a game with locals and enjoy the show.
Orlando Magic: 
Check out an NBA game when the Orlando Magic comes to play, often with great success.
Orlando Pride: 
Orlando Pride is the city’s National Women’s Soccer League team. Watch as these women play their hearts out on the field with determination to win.

Universal CityWalk: Part of Universal Studios in Orlando, Universal CityWalk is open late for those nights out when you need something delicious.
RED Coconut Club: 
This club is located in Universal CityWalk, offering live entertainment on the weekends, alcoholic drinks, and a chance to dance the night away.
Hard Rock Cafe: 
Universal Studios Orlando features the largest Hard Rock Cafe in the world, featuring great food, drinks, and fun.
International Drive: 
International Drive in Orlando features several bars and restaurants for nightlife enjoyment.
Disney Springs: 
Located at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Springs has shopping, dining, and other entertainment, such as live music and cocktails at the bar.

ICON: ICON Park on International Drive is just one of many family-friendly attractions in the area. Access shopping, rides, and daytime entertainment that is certain to please the kids in your life.
Sea Life Orlando Aquarium: This massive aquarium features exhibits, tunnels, and even behind-the-scenes tours and feeding frenzies. See the sharks or feed the fish and enjoy your day. 
Walt Disney World: Located a short drive from Orlando, it’s always a celebration at Walt Disney World. From rides and entertainment to fireworks and great food, a trip to Walt Disney World can bring magic into your kids’ life.
Gatorland: Also known as the Alligator Capital of the World, Gatorland lets families get up close and personal with a range of animals and exhibits, including an aviary, petting zoo, and animal shows. 
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum: This museum features life-sized sculptures of celebrities, characters, and other interesting people. 
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Located in Universal Orlando, this exhibit is the perfect day trip for children and teens who love the Harry Potter series. With drinks, shows, and entertainment that feel like they were lifted straight from the wizarding world, this is a must-see if you’re in Orlando.

Orlando Watersports Complex: This wakeboard park offers lessons for both boat and cable wakeboarding so your whole family can learn to enjoy everything the warm summer beaches have to offer.
Crayola Experience: Younger children will marvel at the Crayola Experience’s 27 colorful, hands-on attractions in over 70,000 square feet of space.
The World of Chocolate Museum: Families can see how chocolate was made, view chocolate sculptures, and even taste some delicious samples.

Relax Grill: Situated in the Lake Eola neighborhood, this pet-friendly restaurant features a covered bar and Mediterranean and American foods.
Teak Bar & Grill: Known for their microbrews and burgers, this pet-friendly pub also hosts regular trivia nights and live music events.
Sunset Paddle at The Waterfront: This location is both a restaurant and a place where you can rent a canoe for a beautiful evening on the lake. 
Dr. Phillips Dog Park: This dog park has water fountains, shade, and separate sections for small and big dogs. Let your dog run free and enjoy the outdoors.

Photo by Andrew Pons on Unsplash.

orlando’s restaurants & breweries

  • Yard House: This upscale casual eatery offers delicious food with both American and vegetarian dishes available to enjoy with great music and an energetic feel.
  • Gatlin Hall Brewing: This brewery has several cocktails and brews on the menu, plus delicious burgers and pizzas.
  • Rockpit Brewing: This dog-friendly, family-friendly destination features a taproom and weekly beer releases alongside classic bar foods, such as bacon-wrapped jalapenos and meat sliders.
  • Santiago’s Bodega: Santiago’s Bodega is a tapas restaurant, with a range of delicious soups, salads, and tapas to enjoy.

environmental standards

Orlando offers 441 public charging stations, most of which are level 2 charging ports. Even better, 40% offer free charges while you are parked. 

Recycling is strongly encouraged and made easy with single-stream collection, meaning that all recyclables can be put into one cart to be collected, and they will be sorted later at the facility. 

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orlando moving & storage

If you’re moving to Orlando, Florida, CEND is here to help. We allow movers like you to create custom moving experiences, ranging from DIY to full-service, based on what services you want and what you want to pay. With our movable storage containers, you can pack up your belongings and let us do the rest so you can have a stress-free move and enjoy everything that Orlando has to offer once you get there. For more information, contact us to book your move or request a quote.