Planning to move down south to Orlando, Florida? Get to know the city first before you relocate with our guide below.
Here are a few important things to know.
Prepare for warm weather and hurricane season.
It goes without saying that you should expect warm weather when moving to Florida. The “Sunshine State” lives up to its name for most of the year, but don’t take this completely to heart. The Florida sun can sometimes be too intense for newcomers, especially during the summer when the weather is also humid. Florida’s hurricane season from June to November can also take some getting used to, especially since thunderstorms and severe weather can be common during this time.
Enjoy living in one of the happiest places in America.
Orlando was named one of the happiest places in America in 2014 and that isn’t because Walt Disney World is there. Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts a national survey based on the simple question: “In general, how satisfied are you with your life?” Using the CDC’s data, economists from the University of British Columbia were able to determine Orlando is the 9th happiest city in the nation, far ahead of places like New York City, Los Angeles, and Dallas.
Find your neighborhood.
Orlando is filled with a variety of neighborhoods and suburbs. If you enjoy the outdoors, Lake County Suburbs is a good option. But if you lead a busier lifestyle, Downtown Orlando has tons of theaters, sports arenas, and entertainment venues. If you’re in between, Winter Park may be a good option. The neighborhood is northeast of Orlando, filled with historic buildings and offers an easy commute downtown.
Learn how to get around.
Driving is your best bet if you’re moving to Orlando. If you don’t know how to drive, you do have other alternatives, but they’re very limited. LYNX is the main bus service in Orlando with 77 local routes, as well as Xpress bus service. Depending on the route, bus service will end around 8:00 PM. or 9:00 P.M. Many lines also do not run on Sunday or during holidays, so it’s important to plan your ahead.
Have comfort in knowing you’ll be in the No. 1 city for job growth.
In November, Orlando was named the best city for job growth. That means the city experienced the strongest non-agricultural job growth in the first three quarters of 2014, according to Forbes. Jobs increased 3.7% during this time.
- Orlando Government Website
- Florida Department of Transportation
- Orlando Public Works
- Orange County Public Schools
- Orlando Police Department
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