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Orlando earned its way into a recent list by of the top ten cities in the nation to own a house.

The survey was done with a group of over 10,000 homeowners across the country who answered questions about things like commute time, tax fairness, walkability, real estate numbers, and overall resident satisfaction.

Orlando ranked 6th overall, with a notably high rating in tax fairness and a low ranking in climate. Cities that had similar rankings to ours were Minneapolis, Washington, and Tampa.

Interestingly, according to the results of the survey, over 21% of Lakeland, Florida residents regret buying their home.

The top three best rated cities were, in order:

  1. Denver, CO
  2. Grand Rapids, MI
  3. Washington, DC


To see Orlando’s complete rankings, click HERE.



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  1. Our density is based On Current cheap prices. Prices so cheap that big developers buy out acreage rebuild and then triple the price on what was rebuilt poorly and cheaply. The modern density construction technique is inferior to older built homes and apartments.

  2. Your stats are great in a big city that has the infrastructure to provide the stats.
    Orlando doesn’t.
    Orlando was built on sprawl and is now trying to flip to density. That’s a very backwards reactionary approach. Had they built the expected and planned the density instead of the sprawl would be a very different animal.
    And housing prices are not going down because of density. They’re never going down unless there’s another recession.

  3. Why would we stop density? Density provides more environmental sustainability, better services, increased job opportunities, increased business opportunities. People in higher density neighborhoods are shown to have more social connections, the mix in housing keeps real estate prices more stable, and the mix in incomes provides better economic mobility.
    The opposite of density is sprawl, which is currently costing the American economy over $1 trillion per year. It requires billions of dollars in additional infrastructure and services costs as miles and miles of roads and other infrastructure have to be built and maintained for a relatively low number of residents. It destroys our natural environment, creates auto dependency, and pollutes our ground water sources. There’s no reason to have sprawl.

  4. Orlando does have a terrible car culture. Unfortunately, we’ve done nothing to change that. What we really need is a major catalyst, something like the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick to show Orlando’s residents what we could have. When they understand and can experience a different way of experiencing their city, they’ll be more likely to support and advocate for change. Probably is, getting that initial catalyst.

  5. Sam Gallaher – Totally agree…but meant more specifically that ORLANDO has a “car culture” that it refuses to let go of. Always had aspirations to be JUST LIKE L.A. I think.

  6. The most interesting thing to me is the correlation or lack of regarding resident satisfaction. Orlando is 6th overall yet 29th in resident satisfaction.

  7. The problem is really in leadership. Both Millennials AND Baby Boomers are pushing for more walkable neighborhoods these days. Millennials want the convenience and Baby Boomers want to age in place. Most major cities around the country have make large investment in bicycle infrastructure, but Orlando’s leaders have chosen not to.
    Indianapolis has recently built 90 miles of bike lanes, including the Indianapolis Cultural Trail which was called the “biggest and boldest step of any American city,” Pittsburgh added over 25 miles, Atlanta just approved plans to add 31 miles of bike lanes, LA is building 300 miles of protected bike lanes, Minneapolis is building 30 miles with another 12 to be built after 2020.
    Orlando? Not much at all going on. There’s a bike study out, but no funding and no priority from the city to do anything. It’s too bad, because competition to attract young, educated Millennials (and their employers) is stiff and we’re quickly losing our footing. Plus, Orlando doesn’t have large ROWs, so without installing the infrastructure we need to be multi-modal moving forward, we’re going to continue to grow in an auto-centric manner, which will be hugely detrimental for our future.

  8. Sam Gallaher – It’s the prevailing car “culture”. I think it will change as those that came of age in the 50’s and 60’s die off. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

  9. I’ve lived downtown, Delaney Park, and now in SoDo. I try to ride my bike as much as possible, but I regularly come into physical contact with cars. Infrastructure for pedestrians and people on bikes is just not a priority in Orlando – despite how often they may try to say otherwise.

  10. Agreed, Sam. We live right downtown, and I walk everywhere (usually with our dog). I can’t count the number of times we’ve almost been hit either by drivers who don’t obey traffic laws, or by cyclists flying down the sidewalks.

  11. We couldn’t find the boundaries, so we’re assuming this must be just the downtown metro area … but we were a little surprised too Sam Gallaher

  12. I think the idea that Orlando ranked above average in walkability is laughable. Perhaps the “bungalower” neighborhoods in some respects, but on the whole we’re pretty bad. Even in our more walkable neighborhoods, there aren’t even sidewalks.