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Greater Orlando, alternatively known as the Orlando Area or Metro Orlando, is the third most populated metropolitan region in the state of Floridamarker, and contains the 27th-largest metro area in the United Statesmarker within the 16th largest Combined Statistical Area. It is defined by the Office of Management and Budget for census purposes as the Orlando-Kissimmeemarker, Floridamarker, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The MSA consists of Lakemarker, Osceolamarker, Orangemarker and Seminolemarker Counties. Greater Orlando has a population of 2,032,496 according to the U.S. Census Bureau 2007 population estimates. The size of the city of Orlandomarker is very unusual for a metropolitan area of its size since most of the inhabitants of the area live in the suburbs and surrounding areas in Orange and Seminole counties, whereas the total population of the city proper is only 220,186 people (2006 estimate).

The Orlando-Kissimmee MSA is also combined with the metropolitan areas of Deltonamarker (Volusia Countymarker) and Palm Coast (Flagler Countymarker), plus the micropolitan area of The Villagesmarker (Sumter Countymarker), to create the Orlando-Deltona-Daytona Beachmarker, Florida, Combined Statistical Area (shaded pink in map to right), with a total population (as of 2007) of 2,693,552.

Many consider Brevard Countymarker a part of Greater Orlando as well, with smaller numbers also include Indian River Countymarker. Some consider there to be a rivalry between Greater Orlando and the Tampa Bay Areamarker over which region Polk Countymarker is part of . Polk is served by media outlets from both regions, but for now is its own metropolitan area.


Primary cities

Suburbs with more than 10,000 inhabitants

Suburbs with less than 10,000 inhabitants


List of amusement parks in Greater Orlando and List of Orlando, Florida attractions

Greater Orlando is best known for its tourism industry, which attracts millions of visitors each year. Some consider Orlando (with many referring to Walt Disney World Resortmarker in particular) to be the "vacation capital of the world". Other famous attractions include Sea Worldmarker and Universal Studios. Tourism has resulted in numerous hotels, resorts, restaurants (Darden Restaurants is headquartered here), and stores, retail outlets, and shopping malls catering mainly to visitors but also locals.

The citrus industry has declined over the past 100 years as farmers moved orange groves further south to more frostproof areas. Some consider the Christmas 1989 freeze to be the death knell of commercial citrus farming within Greater Orlando. Only one major orange juice plant remains in the area, in Apopkamarker. Originally the first juicing plant of Minute Maid, it is now owned by the Florida's Natural Growers orange cooperative.

Other agricultural pursuits, particularly cattle farming, remain important parts of the Central Florida economy. Orlando is also a major food processing center as the largest city in Central Floridamarker.

Metro Orlando has served as a major military defense and aerospace center since the Cold War. Most prominent is Lockheed Martin, which operates both a laboratory and a manufacturing facility in Orlando. Military presence has been important since World War II, with McCoy Air Force Basemarker, originally Pinecastle Army Air Field and now the location of Orlando International Airportmarker, and Naval Training Center Orlando downtown during the Cold War. McCoy AFB was a major hub of B-52 Stratofortress operations. McCoy AFB was split between the city (for the new Airport) and NTC Orlando in 1974, and NTC Orlando closed in the mid-1990s. Orlando Sanford International Airportmarker was originally Naval Air Station Sanford.

Metro Orlando is a growing technology center. University of Central Floridamarker is regarded as one of the best computer, and engineering public universities in the United States, and is about to receive a Medical School. The Central Florida Research Parkmarker is the seventh largest research park in the United States. In addition to having a Lockheed Martin branch, it also hosts other major hi-tech companies such as Oracle Corporation, Electronic Arts, and Siemens. Orlando is also becoming a biotechnology hub as a new VA hospital and the Burnham Institute are set to arrive.



Limited-access highways in Greater Orlando include:

The Beachline, Central Florida GreeneWay, East-West Expressway and Western Expressway are all run by the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. Florida's Turnpike and portions of tollways not inside Orange County are run by Florida's Turnpikemarker Enterprise, a special district of the Florida Department of Transportation.

Major surface highways include US 17, US 92 and US 441 (which multiplex through Orlando as Orange Blossom Trail), US 1, US 27 (Claude Pepper Highway), US 192 (Irlo Bronson Highway), SR 50 (Colonial Drive, formerly Cheney Highway), John Young Parkway, International Drive and Apopka-Vineland Road.

Mass transit

Bus transportation in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties is provided by LYNXmarker. LYNX is also doing studies into mass transit in the form of light rail, which has received varying degrees of support over the past decade.

LYNX also has express routes to Clermont in Lake County and Deltona in Volusia County. Volusia County is primarily served locally by Votran.

The SunRail system will open for operation in 2010. When completed by 2013, it will eventually connect from DeLand to Poinciana through Downtown Orlando.

Orlando is usually named as the initial focus of plans for a Florida High Speed Rail system.


Church Street Station is a celebrated Atlantic Coast Line Railroad station that, abandoned by the railways, is now a Downtown Orlando tourism district.

Amtrak serves stations in the area in Kissimmeemarker, Orlandomarker, Winter Parkmarker, Sanford and DeLandmarker. The Sanford station is the southern terminus for the Auto Train, which transports people and their vehicles directly to Washington, D.C.marker, via Lorton, Virginia.

The other stations are served by the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, which both travel to New York Citymarker. The difference between the two lines is their paths through the states of South Carolinamarker and North Carolinamarker: Silver Meteor takes a coastal route through Charleston, South Carolina, and Fayetteville, North Carolinamarker, while Silver Star moves inland through Columbia, South Carolinamarker, and Raleigh, North Carolinamarker.

Orlando is also the nominal eastern terminus of the Sunset Limited. However, damage to train bridges caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 has halted service to Los Angelesmarker. As of 2007, the Sunset Limited only runs between Los Angeles and New Orleansmarker. The Amtrak website still lists Orlando as the end of the route, suggesting that service will resume in the future.


The primary major airports of the area are Orlando International Airportmarker, at SR 528 Exit 11/SR 417 Exit 17, and Orlando Sanford International Airportmarker, at SR 417 Exit 49.

Orlando International (MCO) serves as a secondary hub to AirTran Airways, and is a focus city of JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlinesmarker. AirTran Airways is headquartered in Orlando, but its main hub is in Atlantamarker. Orlando was a focus city but was re-classified as a "mini-hub", providing more nonstop destinations than any other AirTran location outside Atlanta, and connections to every AirTran destination outside Florida. JetBlue Airways also has a training facility known as JetBlue University, and is the main training center for JetBlue’s pilots, inflight crew, plus support training for its technical operations and customer service crew. JetBlue also provides general aircraft maintenance and LiveTV installation and maintenance in Orlando.

Orlando Sanford International (SFB) is generally served by charter flights from Europe, though it is also a hub for national small-city carrier Allegiant Air and home to Delta Connection Academy, a pilot training school.

In the Combined Statistical Area, Daytona Beach International Airportmarker also serves the area, and is used by many tourists seeking to directly connect to Daytona Beach's many local offerings, such as Daytona Beach Bike Week, Speedweeks and Spring Break. It is located so its runways cradle Daytona International Speedwaymarker, making it convenient for some fans to arrive in Daytona, watch the Daytona 500 or Coke Zero 400, and then return home the same day. Daytona Beach International also serves as the main airport for pilot training at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Universitymarker.

Municipal airports in the region include Orlando Executive Airportmarker, Kissimmee Gateway Airportmarker, Ormond Beach Municipal Airportmarker and DeLand Municipal Airportmarker.


Print media

The primary newspaper of the area is the daily Orlando Sentinel, owned by Tribune Company. It was created as the "Orlando Sentinel-Star" in 1973 when the Orlando Morning Sentinel and the Orlando Evening Star were merged. It dropped "Star" from the name in 1982. It is also served by various minor weekly and semi-weekly papers, including Orlando Weekly, The West Orange Times, and East Orlando Sun.

The extended area is also covered by The Daytona Beach News-Journal and Florida Today.

Broadcast media

Greater Orlando makes up a large portion of the "Orlando-Ocala-Daytona Beach, FL" DMA, which ranks #19 in size with 1,466,420 households in 2007-08 according to Nielsen Media Research.

All six major broadcast networks are represented in Orlando with their own channels. WESH brought NBC to Orlando when it moved its main operations from Daytona Beach to Eatonville in 1991.

Flagler County, within the Combined Statistical Area, is considered part of the Jacksonvillemarker Demographic Market Area by Nielsen Media Research.

See also


  2. Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses, page 115
  4. Inside TV Ratings | Nielsen Media Research

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