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Local Area

There's more than sunny weather in Central Florida! Whether you're a student, a business owner, or a retiree, an abundant and enjoyable lifestyle awaits. . .

In 2009, the estimated total population of the Central Florida region was just over 4 million people. This includes the populations of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, and Lake Counties. Explosive growth has fueled Central Florida for the past thirty years, but 2009 actually saw a decrease in population by about 2%. This decline is perceived to be a result of the real estate bust, but it is estimated that growth in Central Florida will rebound by 2010.

The area's biggest attractions include Walt Disney WorldSeaWorldUniversal Studios FloridaKennedy Space CenterCypress GardensBok Tower GardensDaytona International Speedway and Gatorland. Central Florida also has a wide variety of natural attractions including the St. Johns River, the Ocklawaha River, the Econlockhatchee RiverCanaveral National SeashoreMerritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and over 1,500 lakes and ponds. The region also boasts an extensive network of recreational trails (jogging, biking, equestrian, etc). While many connections are already in place construction continues on eventually linking all of the hundreds of miles of trails and greenways being developed by each county. Major trails include the Cady WayCross Seminole and West Orange Trails, and the Central Florida Zoo, The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in the city of Sanford, north of Orlando.