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» Orange County
51% non-Hispanic white
24% Hispanic (any race), with more than half the Latino population being Puerto Rican
45.2% non-Hispanic white
» The population of Orlando is younger than the state average.
» County’s Residential Makeup
» 32% were born in Florida.
» 8% lived in another county or outside the state a year earlier.
» 19% were born abroad. 70% of that group were born in Latin America; nearly 20% are Asian.
» 30.5% speak a language other than English at home.
» 9% of families live below poverty level.
» With 1,000 people per square mile, Orange County is the fifth-most densely populated county in Florida.
» Incorporated Communities
» Belle Isle — Small community five miles south of downtown Orlando. Median household income is $80,596.
» Eatonville — The first incorporated black town in America (1887); home of writer Zora Neale Hurston
» Maitland — Just north of Orlando, a fairly well-to-do community of 15,000 residents with older, established neighborhoods
» Ocoee — Suburban enclave west of Orlando
» Orlando — The heart of Orange County and its economic focal point
» Windermere — Most notable for being home to many sports celebrities, including Tiger Woods and Shaquille O’Neal, who live in the gated community of Isleworth
» Winter Garden — Fast-growing, middle-income suburb of about 30,000
» Winter Park — First centrally planned community in Florida; home of Rollins College and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which houses the largest collection of Tiffany glass in the world. The city is famous for its swanky downtown with expensive homes.
» Reflecting suburbanization, migration patterns from 2005-06 show that the 10% of residents who left tended to have higher incomes than those arriving from other counties in Florida.
» County’s Election Results
Barack Obama: 59%
John McCain: 40%
» Consumer Behavior
» A lower percentage of the county’s population smokes than in the state overall.