About Orange County, Florida
Orange County is home to more than 1.43 million residents and welcomes more than 75 million visitors annually, making it the No. 1 worldwide destination for tourism and travel. It encompasses a wide range of lifestyles, demographics and socioeconomic communities. It is the most populated county in the Central Florida region with 13 towns and cities within its borders, including:
Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden and Winter Park.
In addition to its world-class international airport, award-winning convention center, and blockbuster theme parks and entertainment options, the County is home to some of the finest public venues in the United States, including the spectacular Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Camping World Stadium, Amway Center – home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and Exploria Stadium – home to the professional MLS teams Orlando City Soccer and Orlando Pride.
Orange County operates more than 109 parks, trails and facilities, including 12 recreation centers, two senior centers, one swimming pool, six splash pads, 10 dog parks and 11 public boat ramps. The Parks and Recreation department maintains nearly 15,000 acres of land for parks and trails.
Brimming with excitement, arts, culture, sports, recreation, theme parks and economic opportunities, the County celebrates its broad diasporas and diverse culture through various festivals and celebrations throughout the year. Simply stated, Orange Count is a vibrant place to live, work and visit.
The region is also home to more than 70,000 veterans, and Orange County Government is proud to employ more than 700 of them (and active-duty military personnel). The Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council hosts a series of annual events that honor and pay tribute to both veteran and active military personnel and their families for their service and sacrifice.
County employees embrace the shared values of fairness, integrity and character, excellence and innovation, professionalism and accountability, which all serve as a successful recipe for providing outstanding customer service to the taxpayers and residents of Orange County.
Whether you are a visitor, resident or business looking to grow and expand your footprint, Orange County provides a young and talented workforce, multi-modal access to destinations around the globe, a do-what-it-takes attitude, and year-round sunshine.
From an academic standpoint, Orange County is home to the second largest university and one of the top research universities in the nation, the University of Central Florida. UCF has 13 colleges offering more than 230 degree programs and an enrollment of more than 70,000 students. Orange County is also home to Full Sail University, which was named one of the Top 50 Film Schools in 2021 by Variety; and Rollins College, the oldest college in Florida and named the No.1 Regional University in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2021.
Our mission is to serve the citizens of Orange County and our guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. We are committed to transparency, accountability and engaging our residents in the decision-making process to earn their trust and improve our quality of life.