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Best Cities 2010: Orlando, FL

City: Orlando

State: Florida

Best Cities Overall Rank: 93

About Orlando:

The city is home to more than 100 lakes.

It is the second top-rated city in our rankings for pediatricians, as befits its outstanding health care system.

County: Orange

Population: 230,519

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Orlando Sentinel

 

Orlando blogs:

Moms at Work
A Whole Lot of Nothing
Central Florida Restaurant Mom

 

Orlando's Facebook page: Follow Orlando on Facebook

Orlando's Twitter page: Follow Orlando on Twitter

 

Education rank: 58

High School graduation rate 2008: 75.8%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 8

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 3.47

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 2

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.86

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 264

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.7

Total Expenditures Per Student: $11,064

 

Health rank: 2

Quality children's hospitals: 2

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.87

Quality Pediatricians: 11

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 4.77

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.33

 

Safety rank: 100

Violent Crimes, 2008: 3,829

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,661.03

Sex Offenders: 1,363

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 591.27

 

Economy rank: 100

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 24.4

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 12.4

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 981.23

Median Home List Price: $132,000

5-Year Home Value Index: -6.98%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 69.35%

Recreation Rank: 33

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 3,933

Parkland per 100,000: 1,706.15

 

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