Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.
There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.
But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.
Of course, not all suburbs of Orlando are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado, here are the 10 best suburbs around Orlando:
- Maitland (Photos)
- Oviedo (Photos)
- Winter Park (Photos)
- Belle Isle
- Ocoee (Photos)
- Lake Mary (Photos)
- Winter Springs (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Maitland, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.
We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Orlando ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Orlando
Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Orlando was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:
- Low unemployment rate
- High Median household incomes
- Population density (lots of things to do)
- High home values
- A lot of college educated people
Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Orlando, Fl Urbanized Area.
Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 22 suburbs to evaluate around Orlando.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 22 in each category, where 1 was the “best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.
And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Orlando.” We’re lookin’ at you, Maitland.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.
Population: 16,273Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $294,600
Median Income: $69,080
Population: 3,038Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $524,900
Median Income: $127,222
Population: 35,602Unemployment Rate: 8.4%
Median Home Price: $222,900
Median Income: $82,259
Population: 2,624Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $220,700
Median Income: $71,667
Population: 2,652Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $258,200
Median Income: $79,750
6. Winter Park
Population: 28,771Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Median Home Price: $308,600
Median Income: $56,995
7. Belle Isle
Population 2014: 6,265 Unemployment Rate: 9.3%
Median Home Price: $260,800
Median Income: $76,477
Population: 38,340Unemployment Rate: 9.9%
Median Home Price: $171,500
Median Income: $62,487
9. Lake Mary
Population: 14,605Unemployment Rate: 9.3%
Median Home Price: $245,900
Median Income: $84,741
10. Winter Springs
Population: 33,673Unemployment Rate: 11.7%
Median Home Price: $202,600
Median Income: $64,038
Welcome to the ‘Burbs
We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.
So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Orlando, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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