Country Digest

Orange County, Florida, Population 2016

The Orange County, Florida, population is 1,288,126 (latest US Census Bureau data. This makes Orange County the fifth largest county in Florida by population and the 34th largest county in the US.

Note: This article is about Orange County, Florida and not its namesake Orange County, California.

Located in eastern Florida, Orange County. It is home to the city of Orlando, and is the fifth most densely populated county in Florida.

Orange County Florida Population Growth

Largest cities in Orange County, Florida

Orlando is the county seat, is the largest city in Orange County, with a population of 270,394.

Orlando is also the fourth largest city in Florida, and the 73rd largest city in the United States.

The only other city in Orange County with a population of more than 50,000 people is Alafaya, which had a population of 78,113 at the time of the 2010 census.

Ethnicity / Race in Orange County, Florida

White non-Hispanic (42.6%) is the largest single ethnic group in Orange County.

Hispanic or Latino (29.8%) is the second largest group, followed by Black (22.3%) and Asian (5.6%).

White non-Hispanic42.6%
Hispanic or Latino29.8%
Black22.3%
Asian5.6%

Languages in Orange County, Florida

Just over two thirds (67.4%) of Orange County, Florida, residents speak English as their first language. A further 22.6% speak Spanish as their mother tongue.

67.4%
Spanish22.6%

Other first languages spoken in the county are French Creole (2.4%), Portuguese (1.2%), Vietnamese (0.9%) and Indian languages (0.8%).

Economy and income

Per capita income in Orange County is $25,490, putting it in 22nd place out of 67 counties in the state rankings.

This is slightly lower than the US average per capita income of $27,334.

Pinellas County$25,490
US average$27,334

Orange County Population Density

Orange County is the fifth most densely populated county in Florida, with 1,249 people per square mile (482 people per km²).

In terms of area, Orange County is the 21st largest county in Florida. Its territory covers 1,003 square miles or 2,598km²).

Orange County Population Growth

Orange County’s population is growing rapidly. In the 20 years from 1990 to 2010 the number of people living in Orange County nearly doubled – from 677,491 people in 1990 to 1,145,956 people in 2010.

The table below lists the population of Orange County, Florida at the time of each US census.

Census Year Population Percentage change
1840 73 n/a
1850 466 538.4%
1860 987 111.8%
1870 2,195 122.4%
1880 6,618 201.5%
1890 12,584 90.1%
1900 11,374 -9.6%
1910 19,107 68.0%
1920 19,890 4.1%
1930 49,737 150.1%
1940 70,074 40.9%
1950 114,950 64.0%
1960 263,540 129.3%
1970 344,311 30.6%
1980 471,016 36.8%
1990 677,491 43.8%
2000 896,344 32.3%
2010 1,145,956 27.8%

Further reading and sources

Unless otherwise noted, data used in this article comes from the US Census Bureau.

Other resources we recommend this factsheet containing detailed statistics and the Orange County Government ‘Orange Stats’ website.

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