History of Orlando

By 1840, Fort Gatlin was built to protect settlers at the height of the Seminole Wars. The Jernigan family established the first permanent settlement in 1840. In 1856, the community officially changed its name from Jernigan to Orlando, where in 1875 it was incorporated into the Town of Orlando and became a city in 1885.

Downtown Orlando is built on land formerly owned by cattle king Jacob Summerlin. The Francis Epps family also contributed significantly to the growth and quality of life in the City of Orlando.

This bustling hub as Florida’s citrus industry evolved into an international tourist destination during the 20th century. Far from its citrus roots, 21st century Orlando’s diverse economy now offers cutting edge, high-tech careers in fields like simulation and training, digital media, life sciences and modeling, tourism and hospitality industries.

Read more about the City of Orlando, Acerca de Orlando, in Spanish.


City of Orlando reports population of 260,168 for 2014, up 22,000 from the 2010 Census.

Median Income

Median household income for 2014 was $44,973.

City Ratings and Awards

Seventh largest research park in the country
World’s largest modeling and simulation conference
What residents and visitors voted as the best in Orlando in 2014

World’s Tallest Roller Coaster, Women’s Soccer, Brightline Coming

Skyplex will feature a 570-foot tall roller coaster with a zipline, surf park, hotel, restaurants and shopping.
Orlando Pride, the tenth franchise in the National Women’s Soccer League, is coming in 2016.
Brightline, All Aboard Florida high speed rail service to connect Orlando with Miami in 2017

City Amenities

Lake Eola – Named after Robert Summerlin’s departed sweetheart, there are several historical monuments there such as:

  • The Eola House
  • The Amphitheater
  • The Chinese Ting
  • The Battle of the Bulge
  • Japanese Rock Garden
  • The Sperry Fountain
  • The Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain, the iconic symbol of Orlando

Other City of Orlando amenities include:

  • Orlando Science Center
  • Leu Gardens
  • Greenwood Cemetary
  • Florida Citrus Bowl
  • University of Central Florida and 25-plus private institutions
  • Orlando Magic
  • Orlando City Soccer
  • Lynx, Lymmo, Sunrail, Amtrak, three airports
  • Convenient to I-4, Florida’s Turnpike, I-75
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater
  • Fine Arts Museums
  • Four major shopping malls
  • Five-star hotels, fine dining
  • Church Street Station
  • Water sports

Major Events & Venues in Orlando

  • Blues Barbeque
  • Fireworks at the Fountain
  • Veterans Day Parade
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Florida Film Festival
  • Amway Center
  • Expo Center
  • Tinker Field
  • Bob Carr Performing Arts Center

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