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Winter Garden

Winter Garden, Florida

  •   State: 
    Orange County
    Winter Garden
      County FIPS: 
    28°33′37″N 81°35′3″W
      Area total: 
    17.98 sq mi (46.56 km²)
      Area land: 
    16.33 sq mi (42.29 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.65 sq mi (4.27 km²)
    125 ft (38 m)
    1908; Incorporated (town) 1908; Incorporated (city) 1925
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Winter Garden, Orange County, Florida, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,876.46 residents per square mile of area (1,110.60/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 

Winter Garden is a city 14 miles (23 km) west of Downtown Orlando in the western part of Orange County, Florida, United States. It is part of the OrlandoKissimmeeSanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The pre-European history of the modern Winter Garden area is ambiguous. The first American settlers came to what is now Winter Garden in the 1850s. Citrus agriculture saw rapid growth in the state of Florida in the last few decades of the 19th century, including in Winter Garden. In the 1980s back-to-back freezes greatly reduced the profitability of citrus farming in the county. Since 2000, Winter Garden has seen incredible growth despite the decline of citrus and economic stagnation in the 1990s. Today, the city has a small town with a mix of trendy businesses and trendy atmosphere and continues to grow. The city is located at 28°N37°W (0.5°C) and 15.4 square miles (39.2 km²) according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It has a total area of 15.6 square miles, or 0.5 square km (2.2 square miles) The city's population was 46,051 as of 2019, and it has a population of 15,400 (1.2 million) in the Orlando area. It's located on the south shore of Lake Apopka, which was once home to the significant Seminole leader Wild Cat. In 1835, the Second Seminole War began, threatening the Seminole presence. On January 23, 1837, a small battle was fought near the village.


Winter Garden is the primary city name, but also Oakland are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Winter Garden, Florida. The pre-European history of the modern Winter Garden area is ambiguous. The first American settlers came to what is now Winter Garden in the 1850s. The arrival of the Orange Belt Railroad and the growing production of citrus, turpentine, and lumber drove the town's growth over the remaining decades of the 19th century and into the 20th. In the 1980s back-to-back freezes greatly reduced the profitability of citrus farming in the county. Today, little citrus activity occurs in the city limits of Winter Garden. Since 2000, Winter Garden has seen incredible growth despite the decline of citrus and the economic stagnation in the 1990s. Entrepreneurs rejuvenated the downtown district, attracting locals and tourists with a mix of small town and trendy businesses. This population and development growth endured through the Great Recession and continues today. Today today today the city is home to more than 100,000 people. The city is located on the banks of Lake Apopka, which is the largest body of water in Florida. It is located in the central part of the Florida panhandle, near the cities of Orlando and Tallahassee. The town has a population of about 6,000. It was founded in 1847 by the Roper, Reams, Dunaway, Speer, and Starke families. The Roper family was among the first to settle the area, and their farms mainly grew sugar cane and vegetables, and early on a small number utilized slave labor. A settler from Mississippi named A. B. Newton opened one of the first stores, served as the first postmaster, founded the first newspaper, and functioned as a first mayor.


Winter Garden is located at 28°3337N 81°353W (28.560328, 81.584069) The city has a total area of 15.6 square miles (40.4 km²), of which 15.4 square miles is land and 0.19 square mile (0.5 km²) (1.28%) is water. The highest elevation in the city is 222 feet (68 m) in NAVD 88 (North American Vertical Datum) located in the southwest corner of the city. The lowest elevation is 64 feet (20 m) near Lake Apopka. Winter Garden has a warm and humid subtropical climate, and there are two major seasons each year. Much of its weather is affected by the movement of the Gulf Stream. The city is located near the Tropic of Cancer and is relatively close to the Gulf of Mexico. The area's warm and humidity is caused primarily by its low elevation and its position relativelyclose to the Tropics of Cancer. It has a gentle to moderately sloping topography. The terrain is characterized by a gentle and moderately sloped topography, and the city has the highest elevation spot in Orange County. It is bordered on the south by the town of Windermere, on the east by the city of Ocoee, and on the west by the towns of Oakland and Lake Apopska. It also has a cooler season (November through March) that brings more moderate temperatures.


As of the 2000 U.S. census, there were 14,351 people, 5,380 households, and 3,663 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 76.60% White, 13.25% African American, 0.36% Native American,0.99% Asian, 6.45% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.50% of the population. The city's population was spread out, with 25.9% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.1 years. For every 100 females, there are 91.9 males. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.11. About 10.1% of families and 12.0%. of the residents were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 9.4. of those age 65 or over. The median income for a household in theCity was $41,858. For every100 females aged 18 and over there are 88.8 males. There were 5,861 housing units at an average density of 486.1 per square mile (187.6/km²).

Arts and culture

The Winter Garden Historic District is one of Florida's most popular tourist attractions. Winter Garden is home to the Garden Theatre and the Winter Garden Heritage Museum. The Winter Garden Downtown Historic District has been designated a National Register of Historic Places. The Tilden House and the Central Florida Railroad Museum are also important points of interest. The Garden Theatre is located in the downtown area of Winter Garden, Florida. It is also home to a number of other cultural and historical sites. The historic district was established in the early 20th century. It was named after Luther F. Tilder, who was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.


Historic downtown Winter Garden contains a collection of restaurants, shops, and cafés. Winter Garden Village provides an array of chain retail and dining establishments. The 1,100,000 square feet (100,00 m2) open-air shopping center is anchored by a Super Target, a Best Buy, Sprint and a Lowe's. A farmer's market every weekend hosts fresh produce, plants and flowers, herbs, baked goods, artisan crafts, and local food and beverages. Live music is also a key feature of the market, which is held on the first Saturday of each month. The Winter Garden Farmer's Market is open to the public on the third Saturday of the month. It is open from 9am to 5pm. The market is free and open to all residents of Winter Garden and surrounding areas. It also has a free admission to the Winter Garden Museum, which houses two museums and a performing arts venue.


State Road 50 (W. Colonial Dr) bisects the city into northern and southern sections. The portion south of State Road 50, formerly occupied by orange groves and farmland, has recently been the site of the development of numerous large-scale communities. The toll road Western Beltway (SR 429) was completed in late 2006 and links I-4 near mile marker 58 in Osceola County with Florida's Turnpike at Winter Garden. Other major roads through Winter Garden include County Road 535 and County Road545. CR 535 (also called Winter Garden Vineland Road) begins at SR 50 and bisecting the southern half of the city, proceeding south to Windermere, Lake Buena Vista and Walt Disney World Resort. CR 545 (also known as Avalon Road) proceeds south along the western edge of Winter Garden and along the border between Orange and Lake counties. This area remains mostly rural but is quickly developing because of the nearby toll road. CR 545 currently ends at US 192 in Kissimmee at the border to Osceolas County. CR545 currently end at US192 in Kissinmee. Winter Garden is a suburb of Orlando, Florida, and is home to Disney World. It is located on the Florida Panhandle, just south of the state line with Florida. The city is also home to the University of Florida, Florida State College of Law and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Winter Garden, Orange County, Florida = 46.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 60. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 20. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Winter Garden = 6.1 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 23,032 individuals with a median age of 36 age the population grows by 92.13% in Winter Garden, Orange County, Florida population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,876.46 residents per square mile of area (1,110.60/km²). There are average 2.62 people per household in the 10,299 households with an average household income of $52,094 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 11.20% of the available work force and has dropped -5.92% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 16.96%. The number of physicians in Winter Garden per 100,000 population = 225.4.


The annual rainfall in Winter Garden = 51.7 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 98. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 234. 92 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 48.8 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 27, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Winter Garden, Orange County, Florida which are owned by the occupant = 57.33%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 8 years with median home cost = $178,300 and home appreciation of -22.63%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $12.34 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,291 per student. There are 16.9 students for each teacher in the school, 937 students for each Librarian and 499 students for each Counselor. 6.38% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 14.77% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 5.55% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Winter Garden's population in Orange County, Florida of 2,535 residents in 1900 has increased 9,09-fold to 23,032 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.26% female residents and 48.74% male residents live in Winter Garden, Orange County, Florida.

    As of 2020 in Winter Garden, Orange County, Florida are married and the remaining 41.02% are single population.

  • 27.2 minutes is the average time that residents in Winter Garden require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    80.75% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 14.30% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.99% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 0.75% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Winter Garden, Orange County, Florida, 57.33% are owner-occupied homes, another 30.25% are rented apartments, and the remaining 12.42% are vacant.

  • The 38.94% of the population in Winter Garden, Orange County, Florida who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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