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 for 2018:
- Windermere (Photos)
- Belle Isle
- Maitland (Photos)
- Winter Park (Photos)
- Lake Mary (Photos)
- Oviedo (Photos)
- Winter Springs
- Winter Garden (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Windermere, 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.
Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.
How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Orlando for 2018
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
- Low poverty
- High rate of insured families
Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.
FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Orlando.
Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 24 suburbs to evaluate around Orlando.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 24 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, Windermere.
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: 3,175Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Median Home Price: $519,800
Median Income: $127,344
Windermere is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Orlando area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Windermere.’
Everyone here is rich; families average $127,344 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Orlando region. And only 6.2% are out of work. Homes average more than $519,800 each.
2. Belle Isle
Population: 6,542Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Median Home Price: $252,000
Median Income: $75,135
Belle Isle is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Orlando for 2018.
It ranks 5th for incomes in the area and only 11.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 10th best.
Population: 16,911Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $303,900
Median Income: $64,144
Here in Maitland, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Orlando metro area.
The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.
But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Maitland.
4. Winter Park
Population: 29,543Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Home Price: $340,400
Median Income: $62,699
Winter Park ranks as the 4th best suburb of Orlando for 2018.
You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Winter Park and the schools are some of the best around.
5. Lake Mary
Population: 15,478Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $268,800
Median Income: $90,930
Coming in as the fifth best is Lake Mary.
Lake Mary gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Orlando area, where houses sell for an average of $268,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.
Population: 37,545Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $241,100
Median Income: $82,402
Oviedo is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.
Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.9% which is 10th best in the area.
According to online reports, Oviedo is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Orlando area, meaning you need to get in soon.
Population: 2,735 Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $249,100
Median Income: $70,150
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Edgewood.
Edgewood schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.
And, it’s only 6.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.
Population: 2,773 Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Median Home Price: $261,200
Median Income: $92,639
Oakland is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.
A solid 14.1% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.
9. Winter Springs
Population: 34,439 Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
Median Home Price: $214,800
Median Income: $62,372
Is ‘Everything Better In Winter Springs?’
It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.
10. Winter Garden
Population: 39,219Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $236,700
Median Income: $60,626
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Winter Garden.
This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.
Welcome to the Best Orlando ‘Burbs of 2018
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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