Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida
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Lake Nona, Florida
|• Total||17 sq mi (44 km2)|
|• Density||2,900/sq mi (1,100/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||321 & 407|
|Major State Routes|
Lake Nona is a 17-square-mile (44 km2, 10,900 acre, 4,400 hectare) mixed-use planned community within the city limits of Orlando, southeast of Orlando International Airport. Being developed by Lake Nona Property Holdings (owned by Tavistock Group), the Lake Nona Region is home to Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, a life sciences cluster becoming known as Lake Nona's medical city, and an array of retail centers, recreational facilities and residential options.
The community is named for a large lake in the northern part.
Lake Nona Medical City is considered a biomedical research and educational hub since it includes the University of Central Florida College of Medicine (with planned move of the College of Nursing and addition of a College of Dental Medicine), Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, the Orlando Veterans Administration Medical Center, Nemours Children’s Hospital, and a University of Florida Academic and Research Center. In the Lake Nona area, the population has grown from merely 1,500 in 2000 to over 50,000 people in 2015. In just the past 5 years alone, the population increased from roughly 27,000 people, nearly doubling. Some statistics show that by the 2020 census, the Lake Nona area population could be as high as 75,000, while others put the figure more or less around 100,000 strong, with the latter statistic becoming more practical due to the fact that there are nearly 20,000 homes under construction or planned in the Lake Nona area. Most of the newcomers here are very affluent and in the upper middle class, settling for the proximity to Orlando's emerging Medical City in Lake Nona. During the Puerto Rican crisis of 2015, over 15,000 Puerto Ricans called Orlando their new home while about 20% of those settled in the Lake Nona area. 
The following schools are in Lake Nona:
- Lake Nona High School near Laureate Park
- Lake Nona Middle School near Laureate Park
- NorthLake Park Community School
- Laureate Park Elementary
The city of Orlando has officially divided Lake Nona into four neighborhoods:
- Lake Nona Central, including VillageWalk at Lake Nona
- Lake Nona Estates, including the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club
- Lake Nona South, including the Medical City and Laureate Park residential development
- NorthLake Park at Lake Nona, which includes the separate developments of Morningside at Lake Nona and Waters Edge at Lake Nona
Tavistock, the official developer of Lake Nona, recently added new developments on the west end of Lake Nona Blvd: Somerset Park, Somerset Crossings, and Ariel Apartments. http://www.lakenona.com/live/neighborhoods/
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- Official site of Lake Nona
- Florida Trend, Medical City Is Changing Florida's DNA
- Orlando Sentinel, Burnham's impact may rival Disney's in Metro Orlando
- U.S. News & World Report, Planning a Move? Look for These 4 Features That Make a Healthy Neighborhood
- Orlando Business Journal, Biotech boom: Lake Nona’s medical city ready to grow
- Orlando Sentinel, Medical City at Lake Nona a booster shot for tourism