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Longwood, FL is squeezed in between the 3 cities – to the north by Lake Mary, to the west by Apopka, south by Altamonte Springs and east by Winter Springs and Casselberry. Established in 1878, Longwood has a very rich history to go along with it. Currently, the population stands at 13,657, and with an area of 5.6 square miles, the city of Longwood has a population density of just fewer than 2,500 people per square mile.
Located between Interstate 4 and State Road 15, Longwood is one of the only metropolitan areas in Orlando that does not have an abundance of lakes within the city limits. Due to this, real estate property values are slightly less than the surrounding municipalities. The median home sale in Longwood last year was $216,000, while we are currently seeing homes selling for as little as $35,000 and all the way up to a million or more. Realtors here are extremely busy as over 100 houses sell each month in an area of only 5.6 square miles.
Due to the availability of high paying financial and technical jobs, the median household income for this area came in at almost $59,000 according to the 2010 United States Census. Many families here work right in Longwood, or in near by Lake Mary, but many still do commute to downtown Orlando on a daily basis. Currently, 6.6% of the entire population of Longwood lives either at or below the poverty line. The county is primarily Republican with 90% of the population registered as such.
Being bordered by Apopka on the west, Longwood also offers access to the Wekiwa Springs State Park. This location serves as a great get away from the daily hassles of life by giving you access to a natural spring that produces 42 million gallons of cool, fresh water each day. The spring is actually connected to the St. Johns River, which winds its way through central Florida all the way up to Jacksonville where it is met by the Atlantic Ocean. Many people will set up tents and have an outdoor BBQ at this location on the weekends. You can also canoe or kayak the countless waterways in the area. There is also a ton of wildlife to be seen in this huge state park and spring area. Alligators are regularly seen sunbathing on the banks of the spring, so it is recommended that you stay within the safety of your boat at all times! The largest park in the area is Candyland Park, located on the east side of Ronald Reagan Blvd.
The schools in this area are comparable to most of those located in the Orlando area. The elementary schools; Sabal Point, Woodlands, Wekiva and Longwood each scored 9, 9, 9 and 5 out of 10, respectively. There are two middle schools in this city and Rock Lake Middle School scored a 9 out of 10 while Milwee Middle scored a 7 out of 10. Finally, Layman High School was rated a 6 out of 10 on greatschools.org.