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With a population of only just over 41,000 residents, Apopka is very unique to the Central Florida area in several different ways. Its rural, more laid-back lifestyle can be something that individuals seek as a way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. But, being only 20 minutes away from the city of Orlando, it can offer the best of both worlds; a quieter area to live with the proximity to the excitement of a big city. The demographics of the population also offer an interesting inside look to this small suburb of Orlando.
In addition to being outside the city of Orlando, it also has a topographical difference from the city. Rolling hills are more common out in this area, and the golf courses tend to be much more interesting to play because of this. There are some hills that have spectacular views of the surroundings, and others that look over the largest lake in the region – Lake Apopka. With a surface area of 31,000 acres and an average depth of only 15.7 feet, it actually holds less water than one would believe. Residents can navigate the canal at the northern part of the lake to connect with Lake Dora. Eventually, these chains of lakes can be taken all the way to the St. Johns River, which eventually ends up in Jacksonville, FL.
The median household income in Apopka in 2012 was just over $43,000, reflecting the lack of technically skilled jobs available in the area. Being mostly rural, this area offers more labor intensive jobs than those offered in the city of Orlando. Most of the real estate in this area is valued at around $175,000, while some homes are worth over $1,350,000. There is a lot of movement of real estate in the area so realtors here do have plenty of houses to sell.
Located in the northeast corner of Apopka is the Wekiwa Springs State Park. This state park offers so many fun activities for individuals, families and couples to enjoy! It is a natural spring which provides more than 42 million gallons of fresh water per day to the Wekiva river each day. During the hot summer months the water here is always cool and can be incredibly refreshing. Hundreds of residents travel here each weekend day with their families to grill out, relax in the sun and refresh in the cool water. Located just below the spring is a boat launch for canoes and kayaks. These are available to rent for the day and with over 25 miles of river, there are plenty of waterways to explore. About 4 miles down river from the boat launch lays Wekiva Island. On this island there are cabanas, a swimming area and a bar that is popular with young adults and locals. Many people will either canoe or kayak down to this island for the day and relax on the banks of the river while listening to live music, playing corn hole and enjoy the company of their friends and family. Needless to say, this park is one of the main attractions of Apopka and draws people from all over the region on a daily basis.