Orlando, FL downtown buildings along the waterfront

2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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Housing 46
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#73. Orlando, FL

A booming tourism city, Orlando, FL is not only a great place to vacation but also a wonderful place to settle down. The economy is a point of pride for Orlando, given its attractions and various food, drink and shopping options. Plus, Orlando is pretty diverse, making it a cultural hub for those looking to celebrate a community with people from all walks of life.

Top Colleges/Universities: University of Central Florida & Valencia Community College

Top Industries & Employers: Tourism, technology, aviation and aerospace, film and television production, biotechnology, and manufacturing.

Weekend Plans: Obviously, a trip to Disney World or Universal Studios is a must. Though the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens also have plenty to see.

Favorite Place to Feast: Check out Santiago’s Bodega for a wide array of tasty tapas, Mrs. Potato Restaurant for authentic Brazilian fare or Better Than Sex Dessert Restaurant for dessert that’s … well, you get it.

Beloved Beverage: I-4 IPA from Orlando Brewing

Outdoorsy Activity: Rent swan-shaped paddleboats or have a sunset picnic at Lake Eola Park.

Rooftop Bar: Sip signature drinks and savor stunning views of downtown Orlando at the upscale M Lounge.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Grab a bite with your bud at Relax Grill or Gators Dockside, have a cool beer at Brickhouse Tavern and Tap or enjoy a nice cup of coffee at Coffee Factory and Cafe. Barber Dog Park is also a great way to meet other pups and pup-parents.

Remote Work Perk: There’s an abundance of library locations across Orlando under the Orange County Library System, including the Orlando Public Library. There are just as many coworking spaces, including Easy Work Space, Industrious and Pipeline.

One More Thing … Lake Eola in downtown Orlando is actually a giant sinkhole and is 80 feet at its deepest point!

– Brittany Anas

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