Winter Garden is a city located 14 miles (23 km) west of downtown Orlando in western Orange County, Florida. It is part of the Orlando-- Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. Winter Garden's population is currently over 30,000.
Winter Garden has a warm and humid subtropical climate, and there are two major seasons each year. One of those seasons is hot and rainy, lasting from May up till October (around coinciding with the Atlantic hurricane season). The other is a cooler period (November through March) that brings more moderate heat levels and less constant rainfall. The area's warm and humid climate is resulted in mainly by its low levitation and its arrangement pretty near to the Tropic of Cancer, and a lot of its weather is changed by the activity of the Gulf Stream.
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,351 people, 5,380 households, and 3,663 families staying in the city. The population density was 1,190.2 inhabitants per square mile (459.4 / km Â²). There were 5,861 housing units at an average density of 486.1 per square mile (187.6 / km Â²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.60 % White, 13.25 % African American, 0.36 % Native American, 0.99 % Asian, 0.05 % Pacific Islander, 6.45 % from other races, and 2.31 % from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.50 % of the population.
The typical income level for a family in the city was $ 41,858. About 10.1 % of families and 12.0 % of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7 % of those under age 18 and 9.4 % of those age 65 or over.
Similar to most communities founded in the early 1900's of rural Florida, Winter Garden's economy relied highly on agriculture. A year-around growing season and fertile soil enabled the manufacturing of fruits and vegetables; rail offered direct transportation routes to northern markets; and local orange groves were Florida's gold.
In the late 1960's, central Florida's economy changed. A new mouse was on the block-- Mickey Mouse that is. Tourism immediately turned into the new gold. Winter Garden's proximity to Orlando & the Walt Disney World properties caused it to a perfect spot for growth.
A couple of the major tourist attractions of Winter Garden includes: anther Lake Golf Course, West Orange Country Club, Jodi's Ski School, Crooked Cat Golf Course, Orange County National Golf Center, Garden Theatre, Winter Garden Downtown Historic District, Luther F. Tilden House, Winter Garden and Heritage Museum.
The historic downtown Winter Garden is quaint little area with a number of museums, distinct restaurants, cafes, boutiques and gift shops. It also has some outstanding golf courses where the fans can test their skills in the game.
To the south, Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves provides a vast variety of chain retail and dining establishments. The 1,100,000 square feet (100,000 m2) open-air shopping center, located along Daniels Road just north of SR-429, is anchored by a Super Target, a Best Buy, and a Lowe's. The closest major airport is Orlando International Airport. College level education can be found nearby at the University of Central Florida.
Fondly described as a modern-day Mayberry USA by residents, Winter Garden is a Florida destination - only without pretense. Stroll down Plant Street in the Historic Downtown District and witness the renaissance of a vibrant community. Art studios and live theater, bicycle stores and flower shops, and a wide range of restaurants flank the West Orange Trail.
Ranked as one of the fastest growing suburbs by Forbes.com, Winter Garden is so much more than just another bedroom community. It is a place for growing families and businesses.
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