In Columbus, the biggest small town in the USA, we have roughly 1M. But, that includes all the burbs and burgs out to 10 or miles beyond our outerbelt, I-270. Have you ever noticed that since the automotive age, American cities have expanded more to the East than the West? Who wants to drive into the sun during rush-hour?
Wauconda, Illinois has a pop. of approx. 8,000,
more or lessIt depends on wether or not its winter.
This town has a large number of businesses that
depend on the seasons. So a good number
go south for the winter. Therfore, more or
less a pop. of approx. 8,000.
Of course, that's not including the parts of Lake, Osceola, and Volusia counties that could technically be considered within the greater Orlando area. Plus, the figure for Orange County, where the city of Orlando is located, is thirteen years old.
Therefore, I think we can estimate the population of the Orlando metro area at well over 1 million.
(Yes, it's a slow morning.)
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My impression of Orlando has always been that everyone rides in a rental car that no one knows how to drive. :-) At least, that's the impression I get around Kissimmee and Lake Buena Vista. I don't see how full time residents can stand it! I guess that's why Carl Hiaassen calls folks like me 'tourons."
Believe me, I know, Steve... I live in Lake Buena Vista and have to deal with this every day. (Yes, there are a brave few of us who really do live in that area.) It's absolutely amazing, you'd think some of these people have never been behind the wheel of a car before.
Spotted recently on a bumper sticker in LBV: "I'm a local and I have a gun."
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Thanks again Michelle, yes, when you start to look at the big picture it's really pretty big. I give you a lot of credit for dealing with traffic in your part of the county. I try to have patience when you know it's a rental car making you nuts but sometimes you just want to shout "is your brain on vacation too?"
Also in the vacation vein.....hubby is glad it's so cold up north so people will want to be down here so restaurants will buy lots of food from his company.
I live in Beecher, WI. Good luck finding it on a map. I think the population is about 500 but we are an unicorporated township. We are an hour and a half north of Green Bay, WI and about half an hour south of Iron Mountain, MI. There are more people in the summer because there are lots of weekend cabins people only come to the in summer.
We lived in Atlanta, GA for about a year and a half and couldn't take the size.
Before Atlanta we were in Appleton, WI which is about 70,000, but the Fox Cities area is about 110,000.
Michelle and Angela,
Beware… We will be at the Mouse House the end of March for my Grandsons 2nd birthday. You know, character breakfast, Dumbo ride, tea cup, small world.ect,ect. We will do Magic Kingdom one day then Animal Kingdom the next day. The kids will leave and we plan to stay a day or so more. What should we see while we are their? Someone said to see Church Station? (or something like that). Any suggestions?
Jason If a grin is transmittable, and laughing is contagious, here’s hoping for an epidemic!
Sadly Church St. Station is pretty much a ghost town these days although I think the Improv comedy club has opened where Rosie O'Grady's used to be. The History Center in downtown is lots of fun (no, I'm not prejudiced to this because my daughter is on the membership brochure!) and Ichiban Japanese restaurant (on Orange ave,) is a nice place for lunch.
Park Ave. in Winter Park is very nice for an afternoon stroll. A lot of chain shops have moved in (Williams Sonoma, Banana Republic) but there's still some funky mom and pop type shops. The Morse Museum at the north end of Park Ave. is a stunning display of Tiffany glass. When the azaleas are blooming Central Park is beautiful.
Enjoy the character breakfast......should be fun.
All you guys are talking about ORLANDO. Well we live in OCOEE which exactly 10 miles west from downtown O town. We are bedroom type mosty community with about 30,000 Pop. We love our town since we have all the conviences needed to survive. You can get sick, go to the Hospital, be burried here, eat in fine and not so fine restraurants and shop til you drop in our West Oaks Shopping Mall. We are growing leaps and bounds.
Don't know how much I can help you... but I'll give it a shot.
Jodi (UConn, where are you?) has always recommended Discovery Cove as a fun, non-touristy tourist attraction. I've never done it, and it's kind of pricey, but she says it's worth it.
I enjoy seeing movies at Pointe Orlando. It's an open-air shopping mall with the usual stores, but the movie theater is pretty cool since it one of the screens is a giant screen that's usually showing an IMAX cartoon and the latest release. Check to see what's showing on the giant screen here.
If you and your wife like to go out at night, drink, dance, and generally party, (remember, I'm 25, so this is what I do for fun in Orlando) there are a few good choices. Locals much prefer Universal's CityWalk to Disney's Pleasure Island. Pleasure Island charges an exorbitant entry fee, and from what I understand, is not much fun. CityWalk, on the other hand, is awesome. Go to Pat O'Brien's for the best hurricane east of New Orleans. There's also downtown Orlando. Church Street, as Angela pointed out, is basically dead, but there are some cool clubs and bars that really get hopping on Friday and Saturday nights.
There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the LBV area. We like to walk around Downtown Disney just for fun. The Rainforest Cafe there is a fun place to eat; go in midafternoon, 3 or 3:30, and you won't have to wait in line.
There are a few nice malls if you find yourself with a pressing need to shop. The Florida Mall is convenient to the tourist areas and has some nice stores. The Mall at Millenia is brand new and very upscale. Haven't been there yet myself, but hear it's an attraction in itself.
Hope this helps... I'll let you know if I think of anything else.
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438,000 in Mesa, Arizona, more or less. But, because the whole metro Phoenix area is a relatively young city and was originally laid out on a mile-square grid pattern with lots of space between buildings and houses, I never have that "big city feel" here that I get when I am in some of the big cities back east or, say, in San Francisco.