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SEMINOLE COUNTY

seminolecountyfl.gov

(407) 665-0000

Enjoy the relaxing natural setting of Seminole County, just minutes from Orlando’s best-loved attractions.

Seminole is 345 square miles between Volusia and Orange counties, which has made it one of the fastestgrowing

counties in all of Florida. From scenic rivers and parks to the best of Florida’s natural attractions,

Seminole County has it all. Progressive and diverse, Seminole is a viable setting for economic development.

Several businesses are headquartered in Seminole, including AAA and Ruth’s Hospitality Group, while some of

the top principled taxpayers include BellSouth Telecommunications, Sprint Nextel Corp. and Colonial Realty

LP. Try paddling the Wekiva (one of Florida’s only two National Wild and Scenic Rivers) or exploring the Great

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County Seat: Sanford

Median Household Income: $57,582 Median Home Price: $204,300

Square Miles: 1,372 Mileage Rate: 13.08

Municipalities: Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Oviedo,

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Municipalities

Altamonte Springs altamonte.org (407) 571-8000

Population: 41,496

Altamonte Springs is a great place to live or even spend a weekend afternoon.

With more than 180 specialty shops, restaurants and department stores as well

as the must-see Crane’s Roost Park for outdoor concerts, festivals and more, Altamonte

Springs features top-notch entertainment and attractions. Lake Lotus

Nature Park, complete with fishing pier, has extensive nature trails to spend an

active day or weekend. Boasting a vibrant economy, this city has easy access

to major markets, uptown Altamonte is a destination for carefree living, economic

development and enviable places to eat, drink and entertain. Pedestrian-friendly

streets and uniquely crafted walkways highlight recognizable local

favorites in this modern and stylish city.

Casselberry casselberry.org (407) 262-7700

Population: 26,241

An ideal area to live, work and play, Casselberry’s tranquil residential areas compliment

its bustling business market. One of the city’s best-kept secrets is the

Triplet Chain of Lakes, one of the area’s best natural areas for kayaking, canoeing

along the Blueway Trail. The city of Casselberry operates 17 parks that range from

small, neighborhood greenspaces to dog parks and major centers of outdoor

recreation and has been named a Tree City USA community five consecutive

years by the Arbor Day Foundation. In the true spirit of local, the Casselberry

Community Market is extremely popular, bringing in vendors of all kinds.

Lake Mary lakemaryfl.com (407) 585-1400

Population: 13,822

Still one of the county’s fastest growing cities, Lake Mary is a safe, friendly place

to live that promotes a sense of community. Lake Mary also continues to be a

top choice for relocating high-tech businesses, as well as planned residential

communities and excellent schools. Some of Lake Mary’s top employers that

have chosen to call the city home include AT&T, SunGard, Duke Energy and

Verizon. Thanks to a proactive community environment and police force, the

city boasts one Florida’s lowest crime rates. Like many surrounding areas, Lake

Mary is a land that celebrates nature and recreation a short drive from the big

city; the Cross Seminole Trail and Florida National Scenic Trail offers miles of

pristine nature and wildlife, as well as a skate park, basketball courts and more.

Longwood longwoodfl.com (407) 260-3440

Population: 13,657

Longwood thrives from being a short drive from Orlando, as tourism is Florida’s

top industry. With 10 golf courses a short 15 miles from the city and the Atlantic

Ocean beaches nearby, life is a vacation. Despite the tourism boom of the area,

natural landscapes still occupy much of the metro area, including Longwood;

trails and parks allow for biking, hiking, camping, fishing and every other outdoor

activity. Boasted as the oldest city in Seminole County, Longwood is noted

for its love and appreciation of history and invites visitors and residents alike

to take the Historic District Walking Tour, as the historic district encompasses

roughly 190 acres and includes 37 fascinating historical structures. Part of the

city’s strong economic development and business core is South Seminole Hospital,

part of the Orlando Health System cluster of hospitals, as well as private

employers like FedEx, UPS and Collis Roofing.

Oviedo cityofoviedo.net (407) 971-5555

Population: 33,342

Oviedo is where festivals and celebrations abound, including A Great Day in the

Country, a craft fair held every November; Taste of Oviedo, celebrating all the

taste highlights of the city; the Farmers Market held every Saturday and much

more. The city’s major employers include Publix Supermarkets, the Oviedo Marketplace

mall, Seminole Community College and the City of Oviedo itself, with

more than 300 full-time and part-time staff members. The city is undergoing

growth in its downtown district, expanding by approximately 50 acres; bring

in more shopping, dining and residential options for relocators. There’s never a

dull afternoon in Oviedo with airboats, rock climbing and hiking prime options

for an active outing.

Sanford sanfordfl.gov (407) 688-5000

Population: 56,002

Nestled along the St. John’s River and in close proximity to the Orlando Sanford

International Airport and Amtrak Auto Train, the city of Sanford is no stranger

to quality transportation. The Historic Downtown area offers a glimpse of Seminole

County during the late 1800s, with quality local shopping, dining and entertainment

all around you. This idyllic city is decorated with brick-lined streets,

elegant storefronts, large, nineteenth-century Victorian homes and the charm

of towering trees. First Street, the main artery of Sanford’s arts and dining, is

picturesque and vibrant; many of the city’s events are held here, including jazz

concerts in Magnolia Square, theatrical performances at the Wayne Densch

Performing Arts Center and monthly Alive After 5 street parties. Lake Monroe

offers citizens a waterfront backdrop to walking, jogging or simply enjoying the

great Florida outdoors.

Winter Springs winterspringsfl.org (407) 327-1800

Population: 33,871

The city of Winter Springs consists of approximately 350 acres of available parkland

broken up into nine park sites. They range from very active sports areas

like Central Winds Park to the pleasantly passive Bear Creek Nature Trail. Consistently

ranked as one of the “Best Places to Live” by CNN Money and the Orlando

Sentinel, Winter Springs top-tier education system and excellent quality of life

keeps business booming. Situated along Central Florida’s newest technology

corridor, the pro-business community is fueled by technology industry clusters

as well as collaborative relationships with leaders in research and education.

The Winter Springs Town Center boasts plenty of trendy shops and dining options

to explore year ‘round, while the annual Scottish Highland Games draw

spectators from all over the county to witness competitions including highland

dancing, athletics, drumming and piping.

POWER

Duke Energy

(407) 942-9727

duke-energy.com

Florida Power and Light

(407) 328-1934

fpl.com

Seminole County Water

and Sewer

(407) 665-2110

seminolecountyfl.gov

CABLE

AT&T

att.com

Bright House Networks

brighthouse.com

(407) 291-2500

Comcast

comcast.net

(407) 226-2004

Florida Cable, Inc.

(352) 759-2788

RECYCLING

Seminole County Solid

Waste Management

Division

(407) 665-2260

seminolecountyfl.gov

OSCEOLA COUNTY

osceola.org (407) 742-2275

Rich in history and life, Osceola County serve the southeastern boundary of

the greater Central Florida metro area. Osceola got its beginnings as a cattle,

sugar and lumber-based economy and today is home to two incorporated cities

and a collection of unincorporated areas, including Harmony, Celebration

and Poinciana. A growing, bilingual labor pool and excellent access to transportation

is drawing business and growth, with a steady 4-percent increase to

the workforce annually. Major employers in the area include the Walt Disney

Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the Osceola County School Board and Publix

Supermarkets, Inc.

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County Population: 298,504

County Seat: Kissimmee

Median Home Price: $146,200 Mileage Rate (uninc.): 7.18

Square Miles: 1,506

Municipalities: Kissimmee, St. Cloud

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Municipalities

Kissimmee kissimmee.org (407) 847-2821

Population: 64,365

Kissimmee is a community of neighborhoods made for families. The city’s many

attractions and entertainment venues make it a great place to visit and an even

better place to live. Residents have access to an education system that impresses

year after year, affordable housing and a thriving downtown district. Theme

parks aren’t the city’s only form of entertainment—parks and eco-tourism

abound, as well as world-class fishing. A variety of shopping and dining options

await in Kissimmee’s historic downtown, where streetscape projects on the

main streets have included many upgrades for pedestrians including parking

lots, the Toho Square pedestrian plaza and stage and more for monthly community

events. Among Kissimmee’s many points of interest, Gatorland, Legoland

Florida, the Kissimmee Air Museum and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are some

local favorites.

St. Cloud stcloud.org (407) 957-7300

Population: 35,183

Known as Soldier City, St. Cloud was originally formed as a retirement community

for Civil War Union Soldiers. One of only two incorporated cities in Osceola

County, this city is in the central position in Florida, celebrating small town life

approximately 26 miles southeast of Orlando. Throughout the year, citizens of

St. Cloud include many fun-filled, family friendly activities to honor small-town

living, including the Hometown 4th of July Celebration, Thanksgiving Community

Luncheon, Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Parade. The non-profit

organization St. Cloud Main Street works to combat community through its

activities committed to the improvement and beautification of the St. Cloud

neighborhoods.

Power:

Kissimmee Utility

Authority

(407) 933-7777

kua.com

ORANGE COUNTY

orangecountyfl.net (407) 836-5690

The fifth most populous county in Florida.

Municipalities

Cable:

Bright House Networks

brighthouse.com

(407) 291-2500

Comcast

comcast.net

(407) 226-2004

Florida Cable, Inc.

(352) 759-2788

Recycling:

OU Metal Recycling

(407) 944-0533

oumetal.com

Kissimmee Garbage

Trash Pickup

(407) 518-2507

County Population: 1,145,956

County Seat: Orlando

Median Home Price: $185,800 Mileage Rate: 4.43

Square Miles: 1,003

Municipalities: Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista,

Maitland, Ocoee, Orlando, Winter Garden, Winter Park

Apopka apopka.net (407) 703-1700

Population: 44,474

Located predominantly in Orange County, parts of Apopka reside in Seminole

County as well. A large city of 32.6 square miles, Apopka is expanding in all directions

and growing more quickly than other cities in the area. Many companies

have expanded in the Dunn Citrus area, including big-name Fortune 500

companies like The Home Depot and Lowes. In December 2012, Apopka took

the title of “14th Friendliest City in America by Forbes magazine. Because of its

multimillion dollar foliage industry, much of the land is still used for agriculture.

Some of the city’s most popular areas include the Wekiwa Springs State Park,

a 7,000-acre area populated with wildlife and foliage that is popular for swimming,

hiking and camping; the West Orange Trail, a 22-mile long and 14-mile

wide trail for bicyclists, equestrian use and runners alike; and Kelly Park, which

invite a natural escape from reality.

Belle Isle cityofbelleislefl.org (407) 851-7730

Population: 5,988

This lake community welcomes relocators of all ages. A land of lush landscapes

and many lakes, including the much-loved Lake Conway, local business is big in

Belle Isle. Offering the lowest property taxes, utility taxes and development fees

in Orange County, incentive are great for businesses in this city.

Edgewood edgewood-fl.gov (407) 851-2920

Population: 2,678

This residential community is located in the heart of the Orlando urban area and

resides along the shores of lakes Conway, Gatlin, Jennie Jewel, Jessamine and

Mary. Nowadays, with urban neighborhoods surrounding the city on all sides,

the city is characterized by lakeside homes set back from the road, magnificent

oak trees and lush canopies, contributing to the quiet ambience of the area. The

main street area of the city, Orange Avenue, is lined with more than 350 retail,

industrial and commercial businesses, serving as the hub of activity both localized

and professional.

Maitland itsmymaitland.com (407) 539-6200

Population: 15,751

A place of historical prevalence, as exhibited by the Maitland Historical Museum,

Maitland Art Center, Fantasy Architecture, the Maitland Telephone Museum

and the William H. Waterhouse Museum. Economy is booming here, where

the Maitland Center, equaling 226 acres, includes more than 400 businesses

and more than 45 office buildings. Major employers who call this city home

to Worldwide Brands, EA Tiburon, Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ and Fidelity Integrated

Financial Solutions. Central Florida’s only full-time independent movie theater,

Enzian Theatre, is where the Florida Film Festival is held. For those who love art

and culture, especially families, Maitland is the ideal city.

Ocoee ocoee.org (407) 905-3100

Population: 35,579

Incorporated in 1925, Ocoee’s many residents enjoy the bustle of the big city

with all the comforts of suburbia. City-wide events are a big hit, such as Memorial

Day at Bill Breeze Park, Veterans Day, Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and

Christmas Dinner. The Founder’s Day Festival, held every fall, is especially popular.

Golfing enthusiasts enjoy the leisure of public golf courses, while Starke Lake

is the center place of activities such as fishing, water skiing, tubing and boating.

Orlando cityoforlando.net (407) 246-2121

Population: 2,134,411

It’s no secret that Orlando is a hub of arts and culture as well as entertainment

of all kinds—whether you’re looking for all-day water parks and swimming with

dolphins or high-flying coasters, you’re never far from adventure. But there’s

more to the city of Orlando than Disney theme parks and worlds of adventure—Orlando

is a city with a vibrant art culture, where museums and galleries

abound. See Art Orlando works to increase the installation of iconic works

around the city, helping to increase the economic viability of the community.

The legendary sports complexes and teams in Orlando, new and old, are not

the only ways the community comes together; festivals aplenty draw crowds

from all around the metro area to celebrate the food, art and culture of the city.

Winter Garden cwgdn.com (407) 656-4111

Population: 34,568

The city of Winter Garden is located 14 miles west of downtown Orlando. This

charming city is referred to by residents as a modern-day Mayberry U.S.A. and

it invites you to a Florida experiences without pretense; the historic downtown

district and Plant Street are great for a midday stroll to experience the renaissance

of this vibrant community. Flanking the West Orange Trail you’ll find a

plethora of restaurants while art studios and galleries, live theater, flower shops

and bicycle stores serve the community from a local perspective. Winter Garden

has been ranked as one of the fastest growing suburbs by Forbes.com and is

comfortably known as a place where both families and businesses grow.

Winter Park cityofwinterpark.org (407) 599-3399

Population: 28,398

Home to Rollins College, the Charles Hosmer Museum of American Art and several

other popular metro-Orlando attractions, Winter Park features lots of open

park space, residential neighborhoods and a street-side shopping district along

Park Avenue. Culture and art festivals bring the entire city together, such as the

Florida Film Festival, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, the Winter Park Autumn

Art Festival and the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. A committed pedestrian-

and bike-friendly city, Winter Park is working to create a facility network

for bicycles and pedestrians linking neighborhoods with parks, schools and

activity centers.

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Power

Orlando Utilities

Commission

(407) 423-9100

ouc.com

Florida Power & Light

Company

(239) 430-1587

fpl.com

Cable

Bright House Networks

brighthouse.com

(407) 291-2500

Comcast

comcast.net

(407) 226-2004

Florida Cable, Inc.

(352) 759-2788

Recycling

(407) 836-6601

orangcountyfl.net

POLK COUNTY

www.polk-county.net (863) 534-6000

County Population: 602,000

County Seat: Bartow

Median Household Income: $57,582 Median Home Price: $141,900

North Fulton Municipalities: Auburndale, Bartow, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle

Lake, Fedhaven, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Highland Park, Hillcrest

Heights, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Mulberry, Polk City,

Winter Haven

While most people associate theme parks with the Orlando area, the surrounding

countryside has a wealth of natural recreational venues. Polk County, with an

average annual temperature of 73 degrees and more than 554 freshwater lakes

offers residents year-round opportunities for fishing, boating and water skiing,

hundreds of premium golf courses and wide open spaces for hiking, bicycling,

hunting, and bird watching. Communities such as Lake Waters, Winter Haven, Polk

City and Babson Park offer small-town charm, period architecture, an abundance

of antiques and excellent neighborhoods for raising a family or making the most

of your retirement years.

LAKE COUNTY

lakecountyfl.gov (352) 343-9800

With several hundreds of pristine lakes along the countryside, Lake County is

aptly named. Decorated with rolling hills, the county is known for its diverse

landscape and orange groves. Expansive parks and recreational facilities, as

well as high-paying charm, make this ideal county flourish beyond its natural

elements. Visitors flock to the county’s antique shopping areas, many lakes and

water-ski schools.

County Population: 297,052

County Seat: Tavares

Median Household Income: $57,582 Median Home Price: $155,500

Square Miles: 1,157 Mileage Rate (uninc.): 4.75

Municipalities: Clermont, Eustis, Fruitland Park, Groveland, Leesburg,

Mascotte, Minneola, Mount Dora, Tavares, Umatilla

Municipalities

Clermont cityofclermontflt.com (704) 920-5555

Population: 30,201

This city’s residential character features an economy centered in retail trade,

food and beverage and lodging. The city motto is “Gem of the Hills,” paying

homage to the hilly landscape characteristic of Lake County. Historic downtown

Clermont comes alive with the Downtown Clermont Farmers Market every Sunday,

presented by the Clermont Downtown Partnership. Local is big here, and

everything from freshly baked bakery items and local honey to fresh seafood

and jams instills a festive atmosphere for all. One of the fastest growing cities

in Central Florida, this city is strategically located between Walt Disney World

and west of Orlando. All this and more makes Clermont an attractive location

for families, relocators, businesses, office development and health-fitness opportunities.

The largest city in Lake County, it’s no secret that people love to live

and thrive here.

Eustis eustis.org (352) 483-5430

Population: 19,214

In the heart of Lake County, Eustis began as a perfect development site for ideal

tourism and the citrus industry. A friendly city covering more than 11 square

miles, this is a community for families, arts and culture. The thriving downtown,

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beautiful waterfront and quality neighborhoods make this an ideal place for

entrepreneurs and small businesses. Residents enjoy natural resources, opportunities

and active lifestyles, as the city won the 2009 City Spirit Award Winner

in the Florida league. Many cultural and entertainment venues exists is Eustis to

celebrate the arts all year ‘round: the Bay Street Players draw more than 17,000

people to the Eustis downtown area annually with their renowned performances

in the renovated 1922 Historic State Theatre; the Lake Eustis Museum of Art

and Clifford House Historical Museum are a close drive away; and heritage festivals

draw crowds from all over Central Florida.

Groveland groveland-fl.gov (352) 429-2141

Population: 8,729

Between 2000 and 2010 Groveland earned the title of fastest growing place in

Florida with a population increase of 189 percent. A mere 3 square miles, this

city is no stranger to down-home feel close to the city. In 2014, Groveland was

named the No. 5safest city in Florida and the city has a 7.2 percent lower cost of

living rate than the rest of the country’s average.

Leesburg leesburgflorida.gov (352) 728-9786

Population: (est.) 21,142

Lake County’s oldest city, and the county seat at one time, the business community

is strong in Leesburg, a full-service municipality. The Leesburg International

Airport hosts more than 50,000 landings and takeoffs each year, which helps

draw big business to the area. A hub for economic development and business,

Leesburg attracts more than 50,000 people to work there each day. In addition

to the airport, the city is home to two local colleges and one of the country’s

top hospitals. Offering residents 37 square miles along the Harris Chain of Lakes,

Leesburg consists of historic, scenic neighborhoods and a quaint downtown

business district where local commerce flourishes.

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Minneola minneola.us (352) 394-3598

Population: 10,037

Minneola benefits from Central Florida’s mild winters, one of the many reasons

so many people love to relocate here. Easy access to Highway 27 and bordering

cities, the city of Minneola enjoys the convenient access of a major city,

two international airports and many major tourist attractions nearby to boost

tourism. Country settings so close to a big city are in high demand, and the

residents of Minneola embrace their small-town charm.

Tavares tavares.org (352) 742-6209

Population: 14,411

The county seat of Lake County, there is no shortage of things to do in Tavares.

More than 16 major community events occur each year, including the Hydro

Drag Jet Ski Nationals. Located in downtown Tavares at Wooton Park you’ll find

Children’s Splash Park, boat tours, ghost tours, covered picnic areas, seaplane

training and much more. This charming lakefront town is a short drive from

Orlando, so all the best attractions are within close proximity, thought the city

evokes a quiet and comfortable charm found only in the South.

Power:

Duke Energy

(800) 700-8744

progress-energy.com

Recycling:

Lake County Solid Waste

(352) 343-3776

Cable:

Bright House Networks

cfl.mybrighthouse.com

(352) 394-5541

Comcast

comcast.net

(352) 787-7875

Florida Cable, Inc.

(352) 759-2788

Exede Satellite Internet

exede.com

(855) 627-2553

Hughesnet

hughesnetplans.com

(877) 481-8912

VerizonFios

fios.verizon.com

(888) 656-4454

www.ocps.k12.fl.us

(407) 317-3200

Orange County, which includes

the City of Orlando, has 136

high-performing public schools.

In 2011, 13 of the public high

schools in Orange County were

named on the Washington

Post’s “America’s Best” list.

These schools were listed in

the top six percent of public

schools in the country, and

the rankings are based on the

rigor of their coursework and

curriculum. Orange County

public schools are the second

largest employer in the county

with over 21,000 employees.

Volunteers, school-business

partnership agreements, and

School Advisory Councils

support the public schools and

the students. The vision of

OCPS is “to be the top producer

of successful students in the

nation.”

Getting Educated Before You Move

The public education system in Orlando consists of many elementary, middle, and high schools. Choosing a good school

district can be a major factor when deciding where to buy a home. To make this process easier, below is a list of the main

school districts in Orlando and their contact information.

ORANGE COUNTY OSCEOLA COUNTY SEMINOLE COUNTY POLK COUNTY LAKE COUNTY

www.osceola.k12.fl.us

(407) 870-4600

Osceola County offers a

variety of schools including

elementary, middle, multilevel,

high, charter, alternative,

adult education, and virtual.

The public school school

systems value communication,

learning activities, homework

time, and school involvement.

Parent participation in school

activities and studies is highly

encouraged. The schools

emphasize the importance of

open parent communication

with teachers, administration,

and especially their children.

The schools have individual

websites where the parents can

learn about events going on at

the school. As the county public

school website proudly states,

Osceola County is “proud

to have all ‘A’ and ‘B’ high

schools.”

www.scps.k12.fl.us

(407) 320-0000

Seminole County public schools

focus on “being successful for

every student.” The Student

Progression Plan for the

public schools in the county

states that they strive to be

the premier school district

in Florida and nationally

recognized for performance

and standards. The school

system has a Student Museum

in Sanford, that offers the

students of Seminole County

public schools an excellent

learning opportunity. The

museum was listed on the

National Registry of Historic

Places in 1984, and in 2009 the

museum was placed on the

list for the most endangered

Registry of Historic Places.

The county values providing

a supportive learning

environment for its students.

www.polk-fl.net

(863) 534-0500

The public schools in Polk

County have an inspiring

mission statement: “ensure

rigorous, relevant learning

experiences that result in high

achievement for our students.”

The district is the eighth largest

in Florida and the 31st largest

in the country with 163 school

sites and centers. Some of

the county sites and centers

include elementary, middle,

high, technical career, adult,

alternative, and charter. The

school district accounts for

more than 13,000 employees in

Polk County. In 2011, 192 high

school seniors were named

Superintendent’s Scholars. The

county also had 27 students

acknowledged in various stages

of the 2011 National Merit

Scholar program. Over 26,000

members of the community

volunteered in schools last year.

www.lake.k12.fl.us

(352) 253-6500

Lake County Schools strive

to “provide every student

with individual opportunities

to excel.” The public schools

in the county have created

a collaborative learning

community that encourages

diversity. The schools attempt

to prepare their students for

college and the workplace.

Many departments and

programs help the students

succeed in a variety of areas.

These departments and

programs include athletics,

educational foundation,

information technology, and

risk management. The support

from the community and

schools provides the students

with many opportunities to

succeed.

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HEALTH CARE

Orlando is home to some of the largest hospitals in the nation. The region has wellness centers for general

and specialized health care, children’s health care, cancer treatment and for women and babies. With

specialists in every field accessible within the metro area, residents and visitors alike can be sure they’re in

great hands. For those wishing to have easy access to state-of-the-art health care, Orlando is an excellent

place to move. Below are short descriptions of the main hospitals and medical centers in the Orlando area.

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

orlandohealth.com

(407) 649-9111

One of America’s best children’s hospitals, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

has some of the most advanced technology available along with unparalleled

physicians, making it one of the most trusted names in children’s health care

worldwide. The hospital isranked among the best in eight categories by U.S.

News and World Report, including cardiology and heart surgery, neonatology,

orthopedics, pulmonology, urology, diabetes and more.

Dr. P. Phillips Hospital

orlandohealth.com

(407) 351-8500

This medical and surgical facility has the most recent technology in cardiovascular

care, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and surgical services. Serving the

Orlando area for more than 25 years, this hospital’s signature service includes

vascular surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery and more. In addition to topnotch

care, the Cynthia C. and William E. Perry Pavilion provides comfortable

overnight lodging for family members and patients from outside the area.

Florida Hospital

floridahospital.com

(407) 303-5600

The cornerstone of Central Florida’s epicenter for arts, science and medicine,

Florida Hospital’s location has help build to its reputation as one of the state’s

best healthcare centers. The hospital is becoming part of Health Village, and the

Orlando campus is the anchor of an urban community that brings generations

together to thrive. Health Village is the intersection where residence, business,

lifestyle and medicine come together to further enrich the community. Breakthroughs

in research and attention to optimum care make achieving longer,

healthier lives in the community and world beyond possible every day. Growing

from a small, two-story farmhouse, this campus continues to grow and features

the Eden health spa for cancer patients and a chapel and healing garden

with beautiful foliage to hep enrich the lives of all patients. Recognized by U.S.

News & World Report as one of the country’s best hospitals in 10 specialties,

Florida Hospital also publishes a magazine called Best In Care where physicians

and patients tell their stories and disseminate health information.

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Orlando Regional Medical Center

orlandohealth.com

(321) 841-5111

This 800-bed hospital in downtown Orlando specializes in emergency care,

cardiology, orthopedics and neurosciences, and is Central Florida’s only Level

One Trauma Center. A major teaching hospital in Florida, it offers graduatelevel

medical education in seven specialties. The ORMC also provides several

specialty centers treating memory disorder, epilepsy and more, as well as the

esteemed Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program.

South Lake Hospital

southlakehospital.com

(352) 394-4071

This community hospital resides on 180 acres and focuses on wellness, health

and education, providing a continuum of quality care to area residents. With

more 1,000 employees, 122 beds and the latest in medical technology, South

Lake offers a variety of medical services, including but not limited to diagnostic

imaging, cardiac catheterization and orthopedics. The LiveWell Fitness Center,

National Training Center and Centre for Women’s Health work to tend the

whole person.

South Seminole Hospital

orlandohealth.com

(407) 767-1200

Home to one of Orlando’s three Air Care Team helicopter bases, this full-service

surgical and medical community hospital offers services in prevention, wellness

and community outreach. With Orlando Health Behavioral Group, an 80-

bed psychiatric hospital, patients in the surrounding area are never far from the

best in psychological treatments and psychotherapy.

UF Health Cancer Center

orlandohealth.com

(321) 841-1869

For more than 20 years the UF Health Cancer Center has provided care for

more than 80,000 patients. The home of the center includes the state-of-theart

Charles Lewis Pavilion, a 220,000-square-foot structure complete with 60

private beds and a multidisciplinary team of board-certified surgeons, medical

and radiation oncologists, nurses, pathologists, therapists, counselors and

more.

Winnie Palmer Hospital For Women And Babies

winniepalmerhospital.com

(321) 843-9792

This multifaceted hospital specializes in high-risk births, and offers patients an

11-story place of safety and comfort for expectant and new mothers and babies.

Their Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit offers premature babies a better

chance of survival, boasting one of the highest survival rates in the country

for low-weight babies. Unique services offered to patients include a breastfeeding

help-line, a community health library, the Hughes Center for Fetal Diagnostics,

a mobile neonatal intensive care unit and more.

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