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Orlando has evolved from the hub of Florida’s citrus industry in the 19th century to a Mecca for tourism in the 20th century. Orlando’s regional leaders have worked diligently in recent years to diversify Orlando’s economy to create a new breed of high-tech, high-wage careers for residents in cutting edge industries such as digital media and technology, life sciences and modeling, simulation and training. Today, Orlando is a global leader in the 21st century innovation economy.
Home to the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Orlando is consistently ranked as one of the best rental markets in Florida. Tourism and job market growth in leisure and hospitality are creating a large share of renter households with population growth at 2.4% and household growth at 3.4%.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studio, Universal Studios, Animal Kingdom, and SeaWorld Orlando are a few of the top-rated entertainment centers and theme parks in the Orlando-Kissimmee area, which help support nearly 41% of the region’s workforce at more than 463,000 jobs.
Head counts expand by 6 percent in 2022, spearheaded by growth in the leisure and hospitality sectors as international tourism continues to rebound. Total employment will surpass Orlando’s pre-pandemic peak by 59,000 positions at year-end.
Located on International Drive, aka I-Drive, close to Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando International Premium Outlets has everything from luxury brands to value and outlet pricing. It’s also Florida’s largest outlet shopping destination with 773,586 square feet of discount prices.
With more than 150 golf courses and numerous golf academies (not to mention excellent mini-golf), it’s no surprise that so many pro golfers live in Orlando. Several pros have even designed local courses, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Tom Fazio. We also host prestigious golf tournaments, such as the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge and numerous LPGA tourneys.