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Learn More About Altamonte Springs, Florida
Situated few miles to the north of Orlando, Altamonte Springs is a city in Seminole County, Central Florida. It is a nice community that will appeal to both and young, offering access to both suburban and urban living. It covers a total area of more than 9 square miles, of which about 6 percent is water. The city of more than 43,000 people is included in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The present location of Altamonte Springs was first settled circa 1870 by Dr. Washington Kilmer of Cincinnati, who named it Altamont (without the "e"). The name was changed to Altamonte Springs in 1882 by the Altamonte Land, Hotel and Navigation Company. The name "Altamonte" is Spanish for "high hill." The main section of the community was developed between Maitland and Longwood Avenues (now known as Ronald Reagan Boulevard), along Altamonte Avenue (current State Road 436). Altamonte Springs was incorporated in November 1920.
The population of this community experienced tremendous growth in the 1970s. It surged from less than 4,400 in 1970 to more than 22,000 by 1980. A 2015 estimate showed that 43,159 lived there. Altamonte Springs boasts a somewhat high number of college-educated individuals. The percentage of its adult residents with at least a Bachelor's degree is estimated to be higher than the national average. Somewhat surprisingly, the suburban city appears to be attracting decent number of young professionals.
Residents of Altamonte Springs enjoy respectable access to road, rail and air transportation. Local bus service is provided by Lynx, which covers about six counties in the area. Rail transportation is covered by the Central Florida Commuter Rail system SunRail. There are also a number of air travel facilities in the proximity of Altamonte Springs, including Orlando International Airport and Orlando Sanford International Airport.
Public schools in the community include Forest City Elementary School, Altamonte Elementary School, Teague Middle School and Lake Brantley High School. These are operated by Seminole County Public Schools. Private schools around the area include Saint Mary Magdalen School, Forest Lake Academy and Altamonte Christian School. Altamonte Springs hosts a branch of Seminole State College of Florida. It is also served by the University of Central Florida and Everglades University.
Cranes Roost Park in the Uptown Altamonte area features a water fountain with light, which is choreographed to contemporary, classical and swing music. The city center, featuring large-scale apartment buildings and high-rise condominiums as well as mixed-use shops, serves as the venue of several events and festivals year-round. Altamonte Springs boasts several parks offering residents great locations for a wide variety of exciting outdoor activities. Fishing and other types of recreational activities can be enjoyed at Lake Orienta. You can explore nearby attractions such as Walt Disney World and Sea World Orlando.
With its suburban ambiance, proximity to Orlando and high number of college-educated residents, Altamonte Springs is a nice place to live, while also enjoying access to great job and business opportunities. It offers residents several parks and a variety of entertaining events for leisure year-round. The community looks like a great one for young professionals as well.