It may seem ironic to have the name "winter" in any town in Florida but don't let the name fool you--it still has that tropical Florida climate. Winter Park, with a population of approximately 25,000, describes itself as a suburban village in an urban environment. It is one of the first centrally planned communities in Florida and has all of the charm of a small town, but is still close to the hustle and bustle of Orlando.
Winter Park's economy is on the rise, with a job growth rate of 5.8% and an unemployment rate of 3.6%, lower than the U.S. average. It is considered one of the richest cities in Florida, with a median household income in 2005 of $52,300, up from $48,884 in 2000.
The three top industries in Winter Park are professional, scientific, and technical services; educational services; and health care. The city's largest employers include:
- Rollins College
- City of Winter Park
- Winter Park Memorial Hospital
Although it's a relatively small community, Winter Park is home to popular attractions like the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and the Pinocchio Marionette Theater. It is also home to a variety of annual festivals and events that encompass arts, sports, politics, and business.
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