An expat city guide for Orlando

29th June 2018
An expat city guide for Orlando

While Orlando is certainly known for its over-the-top theme parks, the rich cultural and artistic heritage of this city is sometimes overlooked. There is little wonder why Orlando carries the nickname ‘The City Beautiful’ when we look at the perfect weather and spectacular surroundings. Whether you want to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy the natural playground the city offers or prefer to surround yourself with the luxury that you can find in Orlando, there is something for everyone.

Those who expect stellar gastronomy will also find that moving to Orlando has something to offer them, the city being home to restaurants owned by notable chefs such as Roy Yamaguchi, Todd English and Emeril Lagasse.

There is a large difference in visiting Orlando and enjoying the cultural highlights and theme parks and moving to USA and living there as an expat. Orlando has an electric culture that you will find yourself immersed in once you arrive. Especially if you are moving here for the first time and intend to start your life in the United States, there is a good chance that you might feel a bit overwhelmed after you begin to settle in.

The Orlando culture

While cities such as New York, Chicago, and Las Angeles are often portrayed in movies and other media, Orlando is still a mystery for many. What should you expect as an expat when moving to Orlando? To begin with, you will not be alone as an expat. As a matter of fact, more than 14% of all the Orlando population is foreign born. While Latin American countries are heavily represented, around 15.000 Brits live in Orlando.

Perhaps the beautiful weather in Orlando makes the city feel a bit less hectic. Despite the fact that the city is home to Fortune 500 companies, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, film festivals and more, the atmosphere in the city is often casual. Major roads that you should know when living in Orlando include toll road State Road 528, International Drive (where most of the entertainment and dining options will be) and Interstate 4.

A large part of the Orlando culture revolves around the simple pleasures in life and outdoor recreation. Think biking on urban trails, picnics, and al fresco dining. The different cultural influences carefully intertwine with the city’s Southern roots and the city itself never loses that casual neighbourhood feel. For those who want entertainment, Orlando offers something for everyone.

Living in Orlando

In March 2018, the home prices in Orlando jumped by as much as 7.3 percent. This is a trend that we see through the entire state of Florida. Those moving to USA should realize the Orlando real estate market is currently considered overvalued and thus you should expect to pay a bit more than you normally would. However, unlike other large cities in the United States, space does not come at a premium in Orlando. The median home price for Orlando sits around $230.000.

If you’re moving to the USA, find out how our international removals team can help to arrange packing, storage and transportation on your behalf.

If you want the experience of living in a cultural hotbed with spectacular weather, Orlando truly does offer something for you.

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