Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL



The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area, is a 4 county area in Central Florida.

With a host of ways to relax and use your vacation, the Greater Orlando area is the perfect place to mix pleasure with ministry and begin engaging the numerous people groups that annually visit and make the Greater Orlando area their home.

Total Population: 2,387,138

(An increase of 11.84 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 346,552
  • Language Spoken at Home - 1,981,660

[ Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • Orlando - Most visited US City

  • Approximately 60 million visitors come to Orlando each year for business and pleasure. Of those guests, 48 million are domestic visitors. Approximately 53% of Orlando’s international visitors are from Western Europe followed by Canada 24%, South America 11% and Asia 4%.

  • Ethnically, generally mixed in the suburbs, but the ethnic enclaves in West Orange County include Parramore, Oakridge, Pine Hills, Rosemont, S. OBT, South Apopka.

  • No real Asian enclaves but there are larger numbers of Southeast Asians in East Orlando and many South Asian Indians in Winter Garden and Ocoee.

  • Every January, thousands of locals and visitors attend the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts in Eatonville, the nation's oldest incorporated African-American municipality.

  • Home to a growing population of Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims along with an increasing number of Hindu Temples, Buddhist Temples, and Islamic Mosques. Click to learn about The Hindu Center of Orlando, The Islamic Center of Orlando, Buddhism in Orlando and the Orlando Chinese Guang Ming Temple.


Profile

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metro Area is also known as Greater Orlando. The metro area consists of four counties including Orange, Osceola, Lake and Seminole. More than 59 million people visited Orlando in 2013. Disney employs over 70,000 locals plus a host of internationals. The University of Central Florida (UCF) is the 2nd largest university in the nation with nearly 60,000 students, with many coming from other nations. The city is also one of the largest visitor locations in the country. From both at home and abroad, the metro area sees thousands of both short and long term visitors. Over 200,000 local residents work in the hospitality / tourism industry. Approximately 86% of the Orlando Metro population do not have affiliation with any evangelical church, not to mention those who adhere to other religious faiths such as Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, making the area a prime destination for ministry among the lost both among natives as well as those from another country.

Just northeast of Downtown Orlando, the ViMi district is an expanding enclave of authentic Asian restaurants, shops and markets and is home to one of the largest Vietnamese-American communities in Florida. Vietnamese, Korean, Thai and Chinese restaurants crowd along Colonial Drive and Mills Avenue; and grocery stores, stocked with everything from alternative medicines to exotic produce, cater mostly to Asian customers.


People Group Highlights

Displaying 1-25 of 29 results.
StatusPG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism3,000
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism7,961
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic3,839
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox5,703
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox1,363
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox3,456
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic2,000
ArmenianArmeniaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox381
HungarianHungaryEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic736
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam2,135
BrazilianBrazilAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal11,600
ColombianColombiaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic29,151
CubanCubaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic20,573
DominicanDominican RepublicAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal17,717
HaitianHaitiAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity25,881
VenezuelanVenezuelaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic10,389
PanamanianPanamaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity2,648
Saint LucianSaint LuciaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity25
BahamianBahamasAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity1,400
TrinidadianTrinidad and TobagoAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity6,507
JamaicanJamaicaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity19,408
GuyaneseGuyanaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity9,984
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism14,078
Cambodian, KhmerCambodiaSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism410
BengaliBangladeshSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam - Sunni1,357

Get Involved

To get started with mobilizing yourself or your church for the Greater Orlando Metro mission field, initiatives and contact info follows ...



"A Collaboration for Gospel Saturation and Church Multiplication in Florida and to the World"

Contact: mark@reproducingchurches.com



"Southern Baptist Church Planting in the Greater Orlando Area"

Contact: mweible@goba.org

Phone: (407) 293-0450


Ethnic Links

Arab American Community Center of Florida - is a non-profit organization claiming to be dedicated to providing services that meet the community’s economic, social, and cultural needs while at the same time striving to empower Arab Americans so they become healthier, stronger, engaged, and integrated citizens.

Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida - assists and empowers the Asian American community by providing a leading voice on its behalf to advance the business and economic interests of our members.

Bengali Society of Florida - a networking site for Bengalis in central Florida, plus information concerning the Bangla School based in Orlando.

Orlando Chinese Professional Association - claims to have a threefold purpose: (1) provide personal and professional connection between members and promote professionalism and friendship among members, (2) promote the science and technology exchange programs between United States and China, and (3) advance Chinese culture and positive image of Chinese-Americans.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando - propose to (1) strengthen the relationship with Hispanic companies, organizations, professionals, corporations and the numerous cultural and civic entities in Central Florida, (2) promote programs, events, resources and activities aimed at improving the economic development of Hispanics in the region, (3) serve as the gateway for large organizations/national corporations to connect with the Hispanic business community, (3) support other organizations that recognize individual cultures and promote Hispanic integration allowing for the preservation of the Hispanic heritage, and (4) recognize the achievement of Hispanic individuals and companies that have a positive influence in our community

Indian Student Association at UCF - starting with about 10-15 Indian students, the number of students from India and of Indian origin has increased now to number over 1000. They highlight the rich cultural diversity of India and its artistic heritage, with each year the members organizing Diwali and Holi celebrations, cricket matches, movie nights, potluck dinner, and picnics at Lake Charles and performaces at the Live Oak room.

Association of Pakistani Americans of Central Florida - a website that highlights anything from events, projects, videos, etc concerning the Pakistani community within Central Flordia.