Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Orlando, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Orlando neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Orlando are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Orlando for 2018:
- South Eola (Homes)
- Orlando International Airport (Homes)
- Park Lake-Highland (Homes)
- Delancy Park (Homes)
- Central Business District (Homes)
- College Park (Homes)
- Lake Eola Heights (Homes)
- Baldwin Park (Homes)
- Lake Davis-Greenwood (Homes)
- Bryn Mawr (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Orlando that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Orlando.
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Orlando for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Orlando, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 65 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Orlando.’ We’re lookin’ at you, South Eola.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Orlando has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. South Eola
Median Income: $61,874
Median Home Value: $325,400
2. Orlando International Airport
Median Income: $74,744
Median Home Value: $193,300
Orlando International Airport is a major public airport located six miles southeast of Orlando, Florida, United States. In 2017, MCO handled 44,611,265 passengers making it the busiest airport in the state of Florida and the eleventh busiest airport in the United States.
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3. Park Lake-Highland
Median Income: $85,997
Median Home Value: $232,550
4. Delancy Park
Median Income: $75,250
Median Home Value: $313,533
5. Central Business District
Median Income: $54,814
Median Home Value: $148,850
Downtown Orlando is the historic core and central business district of Orlando, Florida, United States. It is bordered by Marks Street in the north, Mills Avenue in the east, Orange Blossom Trail in the west, and Kaley Avenue in the south. There are several distinct neighborhoods in downtown; ‘North Quarter’ to the north, ‘Lake Eola Heights Historic District’ just north of Lake Eola, ‘South Eola’ contains Lake Eola Park and continues to the east and south of Lake Eola, ‘Thornton Park’ in the east, ‘Parramore’ in the west, ‘Lake Cherokee Historic District’ to the south, and the ‘Central Business District’ between Colonial Drive and Lake Lucerne in the center. In 2010, the estimated population of downtown was 18,731. The daytime population was estimated to be 65,000. The 5-mile radius population of downtown is 273,335.
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6. College Park
Median Income: $69,635
Median Home Value: $271,544
College Park is a distinct neighborhood within the city of Orlando, Florida, deriving its name from the many streets within its bounds that were named for institutions of higher learning such as Princeton, Harvard, and Yale. Its close proximity to downtown has made it a popular residential area for over a century among seniors and young professionals. According to the 2000 census, most residents are of working age and are homeowners. 65.5% of households include no children.
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7. Lake Eola Heights
Median Income: $68,306
Median Home Value: $264,633
The Lake Eola Heights Historic District is a U.S. historic district located in the eastern part of Downtown Orlando, Florida. The district is roughly bounded by Hillcrest Street, North Hyer Avenue, Ridgewood Street and North Magnolia Avenue. It contains 487 historic buildings.
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8. Baldwin Park
Median Income: $62,885
Median Home Value: $288,550
9. Lake Davis-Greenwood
Median Income: $68,912
Median Home Value: $302,800
10. Bryn Mawr
Median Income: $51,801
Median Home Value: $141,700
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Orlando
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Orlando where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Orlando:
- Richmond Estates
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Orlando
|2||Orlando International Airport||2,665|
|5||Central Business District||3,381|
|7||Lake Eola Heights||2,096|
|19||Dover Shores West||1,567|
|21||East Central Park||1,018|
|25||Colonial Town Center||1,567|
|30||Dover Shores East||1,778|
|52||33Rd Saint Industrial||4,089|
|53||Florida Center North||9,521|
|54||Lake Mann Estates||1,211|