Orlando is a city in the principal region of the U.S. state of Florida. It is the county seat of Orange County, and the heart of the Greater Orlando metropolitan area. According to the 2010 US Census, the city had a population of 238,300, making Orlando the 79th largest city in the United States. The Greater Orlando metropolitan area has a population of 2,134,411, making it the 26th largest metro area in the United States, the sixth largest metro area in the Southeastern United States, and the third largest metro area in Florida. Orlando is the fifth largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city.
As of 2010, there were 121,254 households out of which 15.4 % were uninhabited. As of 2000, 24.5 % of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.4 % were married couples living together, 15.4 % had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.6 % were non-families. 35.0 % of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5 % had someone spouseless who was 65 years of age or older. The typical household size was 2.25 and the typical family size was 2.97.
In 2000, the median income level for a household in the city was $ 35,732, and the median income for a family was $ 40,648. Males had a median earnings of $ 30,866 versus $ 25,267 for females. The per capita income for the city was $ 21,216. About 13.3 % of families and 15.9 % of the population were below the poverty line, consisting of 27.0 % of those below age 18 and 12.6 % of those age 65 or above.
Orlando is a significant industrial and hi-tech center. The metro area has a $ 13.4 billion technology industry employing 53,000 people; and is a nationally distinguished cluster of advancement in electronic media, agricultural innovation, aviation, aerospace, and software design. Beyond 150 international companies, representing about 20 countries, have centers in Metro Orlando.
Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful" and its sign is the fountain at Lake Eola. The current mayor is Buddy Dyer. The city is ideally known for the Walt Disney World Resort (located approximately 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Downtown Orlando in Lake Buena Vista), established by the Walt Disney Company in 1971, and for the Universal Orlando Resort (which incorporates two parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, along with other attractions, including City Walk). Orlando is also home to the SeaWorld theme park, Gatorland, along with Wet 'n Wild Water Park. Except Walt Disney World, most primary attractions are located along International Drive. The city's widely known attractions form the basis of Orlando's tourism industry, making the city the most visited American city in 2009. The city is also among the busiest American cities for meetings and conventions. Like other major cities in the Sun Belt, Orlando grew rapidly during the 1980s and well into the very first decade of the 21st century. Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, which is the second largest university campus in the United States in terms of enrollment (as of 2011).
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