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Established in 1950, Oakland, FL initially only had a population of 545 individuals. Since then, the small town on the western outskirts of Orlando has grown to include 2,538 residents as of the 2010 census. The town actually saw an increase in growth of over 171% since the prior census in 2000 when it recorded only 936 permanent residents. The town itself is only comprised of a mere 2.10 square miles, giving it a population density of approximately 1,200 residents per square mile.
Geographically speaking, Oakland, FL is bordered to the north by Lake Apopka and to the south by Johns Lake. Because of this, real estate prices vary greatly. Some of the inner parts of the town see property prices as low as $50,000 for a single-family residence, while the properties that are lakefront have seen some sales of over a million dollars. That is quite a range considering the size of the entire city is only 2.10 square miles.
Surprisingly, the median income for a household in Oakland, FL is $100,000. Oakland has experienced an explosion of wealth as compared to the 2000 census. Comparatively speaking, the per capita income of individuals living in Oakland increased by over 75% and the median income for households more than doubled. This is due to the availability of prime real estate located lakefront to Lake Apopka and Johns Lake. Most of these properties located on the lakes are listed at half a million dollars and up and offer breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset over these beautiful lakes. Even being so small, Oakland does boast it’s own police force and a handful of officers to go with it.
Children in this area will attend either Whispering Oak Elementary or Dillard Street Elementary. These schools are both ranked a 7 out of 10 or better on greatschools.com, although one could expect the grades to start increasing with the recent influx of affluent citizens. Older students will be bussed just outside of Oakland to the West Orange High School, which boasts a grade of 8 out of 10 and is considered one of the better high schools in the area.
As for attractions in the area, they are quite limited due to the relative size of the city. There is only one park, Speer Park, which is located near the downtown area of Oakland. Oakland does offer access to the West Orange Trail, which is a trail for bicyclists and those who would like a scenic route to walk. Only a short drive from Oakland and you will find yourself at Stoneybrook West Golf Course, one of the nicer courses on the western side of Orlando. It is a full 18-hole course that meanders through a beautiful community. Additionally, Johns Lake offers plenty in the way of watersports and activities. You will often find local citizens paddle boarding, wake boarding and jet skiing during sunny summer days. There are also a couple of parks that line this lake with nice areas to have a picnic or outdoor BBQ.
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