Facts & Rankings

For your convenience, we'll try to limit the list of superlatives to a manageable number.

Orlando is on the rise both literally and figuratively. Look around the region and you’ll find new developments popping up all over from brand new venues to the upcoming Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center to Lake Nona Medical City and Health Village to Creative Village.

Orlando was named #1 in the U.S. for job growth third straight year (2017, 2016 & 2015). // U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area ranks #56 in the U.S. as “Best Performing Cities.” // Milken Institute, 2015

Major international companies have a presence in Orlando. Walt Disney Company, Lockheed Martin, Siemens Energy, Mitsubishi-Hitachi Power Systems, L-3 Communications, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Electronic Arts, Northrop Grumman, Darden Restaurants, Verizon Communications, Tupperware Brands Corp., American Automobile Association (AAA), Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Deloitte and more. Orlando is also home to the U.S. operations of Germany’s Siemens Energy, Japan’s Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Spain’s Indra System, Australia’s Adacel to name a few. In total, more than 150 international companies, representing about 20 countries, have facilities in Orlando.

Orlando is a top “American City of the Future” in 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014 // fDi Magazine

Orlando is a top location for entrepreneurs. The region has a long history of entrepreneurial activity and is home to unique resources such as the National Entrepreneur Center (one of only two such centers in the nation), the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program (ranked as one of the top incubators in the nation) and Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship that help keep this community among top locations for innovative companies and entrepreneurs. In addition, there are co-working spaces were startups can find flexible workspace options and access to civic, business, and educational organizations.

Orlando highlighted as a hot spot for job growth in companies with less than 100 employees. // Inc. magazine

Tourism — and the tax revenue generated from it — enables substantial infrastructure investment that further enhances the quality of life. The region provides a rich lifestyle for residents through cultural opportunities, arts, fashion, music, amateur and professional sports, favorable weather and abundant recreational activities. From a brand new performing arts center and MLS stadium to a renovated Camping World Stadium, Orlando is also home to the Amway Center, named among the nation’s top sports venues.

Orlando is the best city for recreation, best foodie city and most pet-friendly city. // WalletHub, 2016

Orlando is America’s best running city. // Vitals, 2015