These Are The 10 Best Orlando Suburbs


We analyzed over 22 places around Orlando to identify the most kickass place to live.

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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:

  1. Maitland (Photos)
  2. Windermere
  3. Oviedo (Photos)
  4. Edgewood
  5. Oakland
  6. Winter Park (Photos)
  7. Belle Isle
  8. Ocoee (Photos)
  9. Lake Mary (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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.

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1. Maitland

Maitland, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,273
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $294,600
Median Income: $69,080

2. Windermere

Windermere, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,038
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $524,900
Median Income: $127,222

3. Oviedo

Oviedo, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,602
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%
Median Home Price: $222,900
Median Income: $82,259

4. Edgewood

Edgewood, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 2,624
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $220,700
Median Income: $71,667

5. Oakland

Oakland, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 2,652
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $258,200
Median Income: $79,750

6. Winter Park

Winter Park, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,771
Unemployment 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

8. Ocoee

Ocoee, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,340
Unemployment Rate: 9.9%
Median Home Price: $171,500
Median Income: $62,487

9. Lake Mary

Lake Mary, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,605
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%
Median Home Price: $245,900
Median Income: $84,741

10. Winter Springs

Winter Springs, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 33,673
Unemployment 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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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Orlando

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Maitland 1 16,273 4.9% $294,600 $69,080
Windermere 2 3,038 6.9% $524,900 $127,222
Oviedo 3 35,602 8.4% $222,900 $82,259
Edgewood 4 2,624 5.1% $220,700 $71,667
Oakland 5 2,652 6.9% $258,200 $79,750
Winter Park 6 28,771 7.3% $308,600 $56,995
Belle Isle 7 6,265 9.3% $260,800 $76,477
Ocoee 8 38,340 9.9% $171,500 $62,487
Lake Mary 9 14,605 9.3% $245,900 $84,741
Winter Springs 10 33,673 11.7% $202,600 $64,038
Winter Garden 11 36,826 8.6% $194,500 $58,355
Minneola 12 9,849 4.2% $127,300 $52,500
Clermont 13 29,582 9.5% $176,900 $55,336
Casselberry 14 26,520 11.6% $108,200 $41,950
Altamonte Springs 15 41,889 9.5% $134,800 $50,013
Apopka 16 44,462 9.3% $156,000 $57,925
Longwood 17 13,776 12.2% $153,200 $56,163
Mascotte 18 5,197 7.0% $103,500 $40,494
Orlando 19 250,224 10.2% $158,600 $41,901
Groveland 20 9,381 13.9% $132,600 $49,603
Sanford 21 55,296 14.8% $104,400 $39,776
Eatonville 22 2,258 24.4% $76,800 $26,406

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