Orange County Government, Florida

About Orange County

Since 1986, Orange County has operated as a “strong mayor” form of charter government—a reflection of the County’s urban character and driving economy. Under this structure, Mayor Teresa Jacobs serves as the CEO and Chair of the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). Members of the BCC are independently-elected from 6 districts, and serve in a legislative capacity.

Mayor Jacobs is responsible for all County operations, including the efforts of more than 7,500 employees and the County’s $3.96 billion budget. Mayor Jacobs oversees crucial public safety operations for our citizens and more than 68 million annual visitors, budget allocations for the Orange County Public Library System, the Sheriff’s Office and other constitutional officers. Mayor Jacobs is elected by the citizens of unincorporated Orange County and those residing in Orlando, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Windermere, Winter Garden and Winter Park—all of which are located within Orange County.

In addition to our world-class international airport, second-largest convention center in the U.S., blockbuster theme parks and entertainment options and SunRail—the newest commuter rail in the nation—Orange County is brimming with excitement, arts, culture, sports, recreation and economic opportunity. We are home to some of the finest public venues in America, including the Amway Center, home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the spectacular Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, our newly-rebuilt Camping World Stadium and a recently completed Major League Soccer stadium for our professional soccer teams, Orlando City Soccer and Orlando Pride.

To tell our story of success and opportunity Orange County, the Orlando Economic Partnership and a host of partners have launched a global branding campaign, “Orlando. You Don’t Know the Half of It,” which showcases our incredible high-tech and innovation economies, along with our thrilling theme parks and gorgeous natural beauty.

Under the leadership of Mayor Jacobs, County employees embrace a “neighbors helping neighbors” philosophy, with the shared values of fairness, integrity and character, excellence and innovation, professionalism and accountability serving as the platform for providing outstanding customer service to the taxpayers and citizens of Orange County.

Mission

Our mission is to serve the citizens of Orange County and our guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. We are committed to engaging our citizens in the decision making process in order to earn their trust and improve our quality of life.

Demographics

  • Population: 1,288,126 (90% urban, 10% rural)
  • Land area: 903 square miles
  • Water area: 99 square miles
  • Density: 1,269 people per square mile
  • Cost of Living Index: 93.5 (U.S. average is 100)

EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY

  • Leisure and Hospitality: 19.2%
  • Government: 3.0%
  • Education and Health Services: 18.6%
  • Average commute: 26.4 minutes
  • Residents living and working in Orange County: 67.8%

Households

  • Average Orange County household size: 2.76 people, state: 2.62 people
  • Median Household Income: $47,556 Per Capita: $25,052

Housing

  • Owner-occupied units: 237,326
  • Renter-occupied units: 186,283
  • Median rent: $1,036
  • Median Home Value: $161,900
  • Median Mortgage: $1,546