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14 Facts About Orlando, Florida

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Orlando is a city in the U.S. state of Florida and the county seat of Orange County.

A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish.

Downtown - Orlando, Florida by RE/MAX YourOrlando.com Team

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Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,387,138, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in March 2016, making it the 24th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida.

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy.

The Southern United States, commonly referred to as the American South, Dixie, or simply the South, is a region of the United States of America.

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As of 2015, Orlando had an estimated city-proper population of 270,934, making it the 73rd-largest city in the United States, the fourth-largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city.

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The City of Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful," and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola.

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Orlando is also known as "The Theme Park Capital of the World" and in 2014 its tourist attractions and events drew more than 62 million visitors.

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The Orlando International Airport is the thirteenth-busiest airport in the United States and the 29th-busiest in the world.

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Buddy Dyer is Orlando's mayor.

John Hugh "Buddy" Dyer is the 32nd and current mayor of Orlando, Florida, first elected in 2003.

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As one of the world's premier tourist destinations, Orlando's famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry: Walt Disney World, located approximately 21 miles southwest of Downtown Orlando in Bay Lake, opened by the Walt Disney Company in 1971; the Universal Orlando Resort, opened in 1999 as a major expansion of Universal Studios Florida; SeaWorld; Gatorland; and Wet 'n Wild.

The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

Universal Studios is an American film studio owned by Comcast through the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group division of its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal.

The Walt Disney World Resort is an entertainment complex at Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida.

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With the exception of Walt Disney World, most major attractions are located along International Drive.

International Drive, commonly known as I-Drive, is a major 11.1-mile thoroughfare in Orlando, Florida, United States, and is the city's main tourist strip.

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The city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions; the Orange County Convention Center is the second-largest convention facility in the United States.

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Like other major cities in the Sun Belt, Orlando grew rapidly during the 1980s and into the first decade of the 21st century.

The Sun Belt is a region of the United States generally considered to stretch across the Southeast and Southwest.

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Orlando is home to the University of Central Florida, which is the largest university campus in the United States in terms of enrollment as of 2015.

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In 2010, Orlando was listed as a "Gamma−" level of world-city in the World Cities Study Group's inventory.

A global city, also called world city or sometimes alpha city or world center, is a city generally considered to be an important node in the global economic system.

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Orlando ranks as the fourth-most popular American city based on where people want to live according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan American "fact tank" which is based in Washington, D.C. It provides information on social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends shaping the United States and the world.

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