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Like many of the other municipalities in the greater Orlando area, Winter Garden has a varying landscape of properties and locations to choose from. Located 14 miles west of downtown Orlando, this city is included in the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census the population of the city of Winter Garden was 35,568. With 15.6 square miles of area, the population density of this area is about 2,200 per square mile.
Winter Garden is located right next to Oakland and Ocoee and has a vast selection of areas to actually live in. The city itself stretches several miles north to south and is comprised of various properties to choose from. Depending on the area you are looking in, home sales range anywhere from $50,000 all the way up to over a million dollars for lake front, pristine property. Winter Garden is home to several small lakes, as well as some larger ones like Black Lake and Lake Tilden and is also adjacent to Johns Lake and Lake Apopka, which it shares with Oakland, FL.
The median Household income here was about $41,000 in 2010 with 12% living below the poverty level. Most of the jobs offered in this area are service related and many people do find themselves commuting to Orlando for jobs geared toward finances or technology.
Due to the fact that this small city is host to so many small lakes, as well as the larger Lake Apopka, you can imagine that much of the time spent by the citizens of this town is on the water doing many of the various activities available. In addition to the water activities, there are also many other points of attraction. Some of these include the Luther F. Tilden house, the West Orange Trail, Winter Garden Historic Downtown District, Winter Garden Heritage Museum, and the Winter Garden Railroad Museum. With such a rich history in the Central Florida community, it should serve as no surprise that there are so many historic points of interest to be explored by its residents. If shopping is more of your thing, Historic downtown Winter Garden is home to a wide variety of mom and pop stores, restaurants, café’s and a performing arts venue. You can also travel further south to Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves and find more of your name brand storefronts for browsing.
As far as education for children goes, there are several schools to choose from, although they are all pretty much in line with each other in terms of rating. Tildenville, Dillard Street and Maxey Elementary all scored 6 out of 10 when compared to the national average. This isn’t a horrible statistic, but there are more desirable schools in the Orlando area that your child could attend. However, West Orange High School is much more impressive with a score of 8 out of 10 and Lake Whitney Elementary scores a perfect 10 out of 10. Just make sure you are in the right school district when you make the decision to move to this small suburb of Orlando.
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