Orange County, Florida
|Orange County, Florida|
Location in the state of Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
|Largest city||Orlando (population and area)|
|• Total||1,003.26 sq mi (2,598 km2)|
|• Land||903.43 sq mi (2,340 km2)|
|• Water||99.83 sq mi (259 km2)|
|• Density||1,268.45/sq mi (490/km²)|
Orange County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. It is the center of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of 2010, the county has a population of 1,145,956.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Municipalities
- 5 Government
- 6 Education
- 7 Libraries
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Politics
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The land that is Orange County was part of the first land to emerge from below the Early Oligocene sea 33.9–28.4 million years ago and is known as Orange Island. Orange County's Rock Spring location is a Pleistocene fossil bearing area and has yielded a vast variety of birds and mammals including giant sloth; mammoth; camel; and the Dire Wolf dating around 1.1 million years ago.
In 1821, there were two counties that formed Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. In 1824, the area to the south of St. Johns County became Mosquito County, and Enterprise was named the County Seat. This massive county took up much of Central Florida. Mosquito County was renamed Orange County in 1845 when Florida became a state. Several counties, such as Osceola, Seminole, Lake, and Volusia County, were carved out of Orange County.
Orange County was renamed from Mosquito County for the fruit that constituted the county's main product. At its peak in the early 1970s, some 80,000 acres (320 km²) were planted in citrus in Orange County. A truly impressive sight while driving through the rolling hills of the region were the vast vistas of the dark green foliage of orange trees and the intoxicating scent of the orange blossoms when in bloom. Today, far fewer commercial orange groves remain. The vast majority of groves were destroyed by the devastating freezing temperatures experienced in several severe winters of the early 1980s. The financial setbacks, not the first in the history of the grove region, were just too much for many growers and many, economically destroyed, just walked away from the land and its outstanding obligations. Others hung on awaiting any opportunities. One of the major land owners and growers in the region was the Tropicana company. They, however, also threw in the towel rather than try to come back again from these seemingly generational decimations. With no realistic avenues for agricultural utilization of this rural land and Florida's continuing strong population growth and its attendant needs, (not the least of which was aided and supported by the great success of nearby Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida), these areas began and continue to be, swallowed up by growing housing developments. However, several packing facilities and wholesalers are still in Orange County.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 1,003.26 square miles (2,598.4 km2), of which 903.43 square miles (2,339.9 km2) is land and 99.83 square miles (258.6 km2) is water.
The 2010 Census reported a population of 1,145,956. The racial makeup of Orange County was 526,754 (46.0%) White, 223,200 (19.5%) African American, 2,449 (0.2%) Native American, 55,541 (4.9%) Asian, 1,038 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 6,278 (0.6%) from other races, and 22,452 (2.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 308,244 persons (26.9%).
There were 273,454 households of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.19.
The percentage ratio between females and males was 50.8% to 49.2%. The median age for females was 34.7. The median age for males was 32.7.
The median income for a household in the county was $41,311, and the median income for a family was $47,159. Males had a median income of $32,053 versus $25,402 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,916. About 8.80% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.30% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or older.
There are 10 cities, 3 towns, and 38 Census Designated Places (CDP's) in Orange County. A majority of residents (64%) reside in unincorporated areas of Orange County. The remainder (36%) reside in one of thirteen incorporated places.
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The county functions under a charter form of government. The charter serves as a constitution, detailing the structure and operation of the local government. A Charter Review Commission has the power to consider and place amendments on the ballot. Voters then decide whether to accept or reject all amendments put forth. If voters approve an amendment, it is then inserted into the charter.
|District||Incumbent||Hometown||% Voters||Next Election|
|7||John Mica||Winter Park||16.25||2014|
|10||Daniel Webster||Winter Garden||29.55||2014|
District 5 is a district extending from Downtown Orlando to Jacksonville. The district moves north, picking up voters in Alachua, Clay, Duval, Lake, Marion, Putnam, and Seminole.
Places include: Apopka, Eatonville, Pine Hills, and Tangelo Park.
District 10 is situated in central and southwestern Orange. The district takes in a majority of Downtown Orlando and extends west into Lake and Polk.
Places include: Ocoee, Pine Castle, Williamsburg, Windermere and the Walt Disney Area.
|District||Incumbent||Hometown||% Voters||Next Election|
District 12 is wholly composed of Orange.
District 13 is largely composed of Orange, but includes portions of Brevard.
|District||Incumbent||Hometown||% Voters||Next Election|
|30||Karen Castor Dentel||Maitland||4.87||2014|
|48||Victor Torres, Jr.||Orlando||12.76||2014|
District 30 is largely based in Seminole. One-third of voters are situated in Orange.
District 31 is largely based in Lake. Slightly more than one-third of voters are situated in Orange.
District 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, and 49 are wholly composed of Orange.
District 50 is predominantly composed of Orange and Brevard.
Orange County is served by a Board of Commissioners. The board consists of an elected mayor and six commissioners. The mayor is elected At-large, while commissioners are elected from single districts. The mayor and commissioners each serve staggered four year terms. Commissioners from Districts 1, 3, and 5 are elected in presidential election years, while the mayor and commissioners from Districts 2, 4, and 6 are elected in alternate years. The county is also served by a Clerk of Courts, Sheriff, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections, State Attorney, and Public Defender. All positions are four year terms, requiring direct election by voters in presidential election years.
|Orange County Officials|
|District 1 Commissioner||Scott Boyd||2016|
|District 2 Commissioner||Fred Brummer||2014|
|District 3 Commissioner||Pete Clarke||2016|
|District 4 Commissioner||Jennifer Thompson||2014|
|District 5 Commissioner||Ted Edwards||2016|
|District 6 Commissioner||Tiffany Moore Russell||2014|
|Clerk of Courts||Vacant||2013|
|Property Appraiser||Rick Singh||2016|
|Tax Collector||Scott Randolph||2016|
|Supervisor of Elections||Bill Cowles||2016|
|State Attorney||Jeff Ashton||2016|
|Public Defender||Bob Wesley||2016|
The Orange County Public Schools are responsible in delivering public education to students countywide. An elected school board composed of a chairman, elected At-large, and seven members, elected from single-member districts, oversees the functions and expenditures of the school system. Each member is elected to a staggered four-year term. Four are elected in presidential election years, while the chairman and three other members are elected in gubernatorial election years. The school system operates 182 schools (123 elementary, 3 K-8, 35 middle, 19 high, and 4 exceptional learning). In October 2012, the district had 183,562 students, making it the fourth largest school district statewide and eleventh in the nation.
|Orange County School Board|
|District 1||Joie Cadle||2014|
|District 2||Daryl Flynn||2014|
|District 3||Rick Roach||2014|
|District 4||Pam Gould||2016|
|District 5||Kathleen Butler-Gordon||2016|
|District 6||Nancy Robinson||2016|
|District 7||Christine Moore||2016|
Colleges and Universities
The University of Central Florida is the sole public university. A Fall 2012 enrollment of 59,767, currently places it second in the nation amongst public colleges and universities for student enrollment. The university's massive campus is situated in northeast Orange County.
Nearby Winter Park is home to Rollins College, a private college situated only a few miles from Downtown Orlando. In 2012, it was ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report amongst regional universities in the South.
With six campuses spread throughout the county, Valencia Community College offers two-year degree programs.
Full Sail University is a for-profit university in Winter Park, Florida. Full Sail is not regionally accredited, but is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) to award associate's, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees in audio, film, design, computer animation, business, and other fields. The school offers 35 degree programs and 2 graduate certificates and has a student population of more than 16,800.
Orange County is served by the Orange County Library System.
Interstates and Expressways
- Interstate 4
- Florida's Turnpike
- Holland East-West Expressway (SR 408)
- Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway (SR 528)
- Central Florida GreeneWay (SR 417)
- Daniel Webster Western Expressway (SR 429)
- Maitland Blvd./John Land Apopka Expressway (SR 414)
- US 441 (Orange Blossom Trail)
- / US 17/US 92 (Mills Avenue/Orlando Avenue/Orange Blossom Trail)
- SR 15 (Conway/Narcoossee Road)
- SR 50 (Colonial Drive)
- SR 423 (John Young Parkway/Lee Road)
- SR 426 (Fairbanks/Aloma Avenue)
- SR 434 (Alafaya Trail/Forest City Rd)
- SR 435 (Kirkman Road)
- SR 436 (Semoran Boulevard)
- SR 551 (Goldenrod Road)
- SR 520
- Apopka-Vineland Road
Orange County is located along the pivotal Interstate 4 corridor, the swing part of the state. Many close elections are won or loss depending on the voting outcome along the corridor. Voters are considered independent, traditionally splitting their votes, electing Democrats and Republicans on the same ballot. As a result of such independence, voters are inundated with non-stop television and radio ads months preceding a general election.
In September 2000, Democrats overtook Republicans in voter registration. In the years since, Republicans have yet to retake the advantage they once enjoyed. In the twelve years that followed, Democrats experienced a modest increase in their voter registration percentage from 41.40% to 42.73% of the electorate. Minor party voters also had modest growth, increasing from 2.17% to 2.37%. In contrast, Republicans experienced a sharp decrease in registered voters, sliding from 40.95% in 2000 down to 29.85% in 2012. The beneficiary of the Republican losses have been unaffiliated voters. The percentage of the electorate identifying as an unaffiliated voter increased from 15.47% to 25.06% during this same period.
|Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of April 30, 2013|
- List of amusement parks in Greater Orlando
- Innovation Way
- Teresa Jacobs
- Mayor of Orange County
- Board of County Commissioners
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Orange County, Florida
- Petuch, Edward J., Roberts, Charles; The geology of the Everglades and adjacent areas, 2007, ISBN 1-4200-4558-X.
- "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "2010 Census P.L. 94-171 Summary File Data". United States Census Bureau.
- "Voter Statistic - Congressional District" (PDF). Orange County Supervisor of Elections. Archived from the original on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
- "Voter Statistic - Florida State Senate" (PDF). Orange County Supervisor of Elections. Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
- "Voter Statistic - Florida State Houe" (PDF). Orange County Supervisor of Elections. Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
- "Pocket Guide 2012-2013" (PDF). Orange County Public Schools. Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
- "University Student Profile" (PDF). University of Central Florida. Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
- "Best Colleges" (PDF). US News & World Report. Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
- "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of September 30, 2000" (PDF). Florida Department of State. Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2000-10-30.
- "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of April 30, 2013" (PDF). Orange County Supervisor of Elections. Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
- "Presidential Results". Florida Department of State. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
- Photographs From the State Archives of Florida.
- Central Florida Memory is a unique digital collection where visitors can discover the history of Orange County and surrounding areas of Central Florida.
- Orange County Regional History Center
- The West Orange Times newspaper that serves Orange County, Florida available in full-text with images in Florida Digital Newspaper Library
- Orange County Health Department
||Seminole County||Volusia County|
|Lake County||Brevard County|
|Polk County||Osceola County|