Temperatures dip below the freezing mark on an average of only 2. Because the winter season is dry and freezing temperatures usually occur only after cold fronts and their accompanying precipitation have passed, snow is exceptionally rare. The only accumulation ever to occur in the city proper since record keeping began was in , although there was some accumulation in surrounding areas in a snow event in January Flurries have also been observed in , ,  and The average annual rainfall in Orlando is The months of October through May are Orlando's dry season.
During this period especially in its later months , there is often a wildfire hazard. During some years, fires have been severe. Orlando is a major population center and has a considerable hurricane risk, although it is not as high as in South Florida 's urban corridor or other coastal regions. Despite its location, the city does see strong hurricanes. During the notorious hurricane season , Orlando was hit by three hurricanes that caused significant damage, with Hurricane Charley the worst of these.
The city also experienced widespread damage during Hurricane Donna in Tornadoes are not usually connected with the strong thunderstorms of the humid summer. They are more common during the infrequent cold days of winter, as well as in passing hurricanes. The two worst major outbreaks in the area's history, a outbreak that killed 42 people and a outbreak that killed 21, both happened in February.
As of , there were , households out of which As of , The average household size was 2. In , the city's population was spread out with The median age was 33 years. For every females, there were For every females age 18 and over, there were Orlando has the largest population of Puerto Ricans in Florida and their cultural impact on Central Florida is similar to that of the large Cuban population in South Florida.
Between and ,  Hispanic population share rose from 4. Orlando has an active Jewish community.
Orlando has a large LGBT population and is recognized as one of the most accepting and tolerant cities in the Southeast. As of [update] , around 4. Spanish-speakers represented The area encompasses four counties Orange , Osceola , Seminole and Lake , and is the 26th-largest metro area in the United States with a Census-estimated population of 2,, In , the population of Orlando's urban area was 1,,, making it the third-largest in Florida and the 35th-largest in the United States. As of , the estimated urban area population of Orlando is 1,, Orlando is a major industrial and hi-tech center.
More than international companies, representing approximately 20 countries, have facilities in Metro Orlando. Orlando has the 7th-largest research park in the country, Central Florida Research Park , with over 1, acres 4. It is home to over companies, employs more than 8, people, and is the hub of the nation's military simulation and training programs.
Metro Orlando is home to the simulation procurement commands for the U. Lockheed Martin has a large manufacturing facility for missile systems, aeronautical craft and related high tech research. The Naval Training Center until a few years ago was one of the two places where nuclear engineers were trained for the US Navy. Now the land has been converted into the Baldwin Park development. Numerous office complexes for large corporations have popped up along the Interstate 4 corridor north of Orlando, especially in Maitland , Lake Mary and Heathrow.
It also allows easy access to Port Canaveral , a cruise ship terminal. Orlando is the home base of Darden Restaurants , the parent company of Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse , and the largest operator of restaurants in the world by revenue.
In September it moved to a new headquarters and central distribution facility. The U. Nearby Maitland is the home of Tiburon, a division of the video game company Electronic Arts. Nearby Full Sail University , located in Winter Park , draws new-media students in the areas of video game design, film, show production, and computer animation, among others, its graduates spawning several start-ups in these fields in the Orlando area.
The headquarters of Ripley Entertainment Inc.
http://app-staging.mavericksnacks.com/6880.php Orlando has two non-profit hospital systems: Orlando Health and Florida Hospital. Orlando's medical leadership was further advanced with the completion of University of Central Florida 's College of Medicine, a new VA Hospital and the new Nemours Children's Hospital , which is located in a new medical district in the Lake Nona area of the city. Historically, the unemployment rate in Greater Orlando was low, which resulted in growth that led to urban sprawl in the surrounding area and, in combination with the United States housing bubble , to a large increase in home prices.
Metro Orlando's unemployment rate in June was One of the main driving forces in Orlando's economy is its tourism industry and the city is one of the leading tourism destinations in the world. A record 75 million visitors came to the Orlando region in , making it the top tourist destination in the United States. The Orlando area features 7 of the 10 most visited theme parks in North America 5 of the top 10 in the world , as well as the 4 most visited water parks in the U.
SeaWorld Orlando is a large park that features numerous zoological displays and marine animals alongside an amusement park with roller coasters like Mako , Manta , and Kraken. The property also comprises more than one park, alongside Aquatica water park and Discovery Cove. Orlando attractions also appeal to many locals who want to enjoy themselves close to home. The convention industry is also critical to the region's economy. The Orange County Convention Center , expanded in to over two million square feet , m 2 of exhibition space, is now the second-largest convention complex in terms of space in the United States, trailing only McCormick Place in Chicago.
The city vies with Chicago and Las Vegas for hosting the most convention attendees in the United States. Numerous golf courses can be found in the city, with the most famous [ citation needed ] being Bay Hill Club and Lodge , home to the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The hip hop music , metal , rock music, reggaeton and Latino music scenes are all active within the city. Orlando is known as "Hollywood East" because of numerous movie studios in the area. Major motion picture production was active in the city during the mid-to-late s, but has slowed in the past decade.
Probably the most famous film-making moment in the city's history occurred with the implosion of Orlando's previous City Hall for the movie Lethal Weapon 3. Orlando is now a large production center for television shows, direct-to-video productions, and commercial production.
Nickelodeon Studios, which through the s produced hundreds of hours of GAK-filled game shows targeted at children, [ citation needed ] no longer operates out of Universal Studios Florida. The Florida Film Festival which takes place in venues throughout the area is one of the most respected regional film festivals in the country and attracts budding filmmakers from around the world.
Orlando is very popular among independent filmmakers. A Florida state film incentive has also helped increase the number of films being produced in Orlando and the rest of the state. The Orlando Metropolitan Area is home to a substantial theater population. Orlando Theatre Project , closed in Additionally, both University of Central Florida and Rollins College Winter Park are home to theater departments that attract an influx of young artists to the area.
This venue was built in and underwent a major renovation in The Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival , which draws touring companies from around the world, is hosted in various venues over Orlando's Loch Haven Park every spring. At the festival, there are also readings and fully staged productions of new and unknown plays by local artists.
A substantial amount of the teenage and young adult populations identify as being goth , emo , or punk. In the late s, Skrape , a metal band, was established, shortly followed by the screamo band From First to Last as well as the alternative metal band Fireflight. Hot Topic, an emo retailer, established 5 stores in Orlando. The novel Paper Towns takes place in the city, but the film adaptation was shot in North Carolina. Establishing shots were filmed around Orlando; notably in downtown and along Orange Blossom Trail.
Geostorm has a scene where Orlando is destroyed by a lightning storm. However, those scenes were filmed in New Orleans. Parenthood was filmed entirely in Orlando, but takes place in St. Orlando is home to numerous recording studios and producers, and as a result, contributed heavily to the Boy Band craze of the mids. Orlando also has a prominent metal scene, spawning bands such as Death and Trivium. The original Orlando Solar Bears were part of the International Hockey League winning the last Turner Cup championship in , before the league folded.
The team folded along with the league in Orlando's sports teams have collectively won two Arena Bowls , , two titles in ice hockey, three titles in minor league baseball , and two titles in soccer. Orlando is the host city for the annual Florida Classic , one of the largest FCS football classics in the nation. Having grown since its introduction in , the event got over 4, attendees from more than 25 different countries in Orlando is governed via the mayor-council system the mayor is a strong-mayor .
The mayor is elected in a citywide vote. The six members of the city council are each elected from districts. Mayor : Buddy Dyer D.