According to the 2000 United States Census, 24,090 people made Winter Park their home. The racial composition was 86% white, 10% African American, as well as a small percentage of Native Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and those of other races. Latino inhabitants of any race made up 4% of the population. However, the population of the city is growing. According to the United States Census 2005 estimates, Winter Park has 28,179 inhabitants.
Winter Park’s emphasis on the arts and scenic charm traditionally attracts a variety of residents including wealthy Northerners, art patrons, Old Florida families, artists, students, and vacationers. With a median household income of $48,884 and $73,697 for families, Winter Park is a relatively wealthy city. In addition, some of the city’s areas include a large number of wealthy families.
Winter Park is a part of the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. The chain of lakes covers 2,781 acres and includes Lake Virginia, Lake Osceola, Lake Maitland, Lake Mizell, and Lake Minneola. A series of canals connects these aquifer fed lakes making it possible to navigate between them. The canals were initially created to control floodwaters and run logs to a sawmill that was located on present day Lake Virginia. Today, the lakes are a popular recreation spot for boating, water sports, fishing, and swimming.
Another lake was created by man to fill up the infamous Winter Park sinkhole that developed in May 1981. A period of record-low water levels in the limestone aquifer created an environment in which a massive sinkhole opened up near the intersection of Denning Drive and Fairbanks Avenue. During one day the sinkhole widened to 320 feet with a depth of 90 feet. It destroyed a car dealership, a public pool, and large portions of Denning Drive. The strangeness of the occurrence drew onlookers and vendors began selling food, balloons, and t-shirts to those who were fascinated with the event. The city eventually repaired the damage that the sinkhole caused and turned it into a lake.
Because the city with its man-made lake and other attractions is relatively small, one might think that Winter Park singles do not have many options for mixing and mingling. However, there are a number of surrounding cities that offer many social activities. There are also many online dating opportunities for singles. This enables single people in Winter Park to live in a small city that offers many great recreational, social, and cultural activities as well enjoy an active social life.
Winter Park with all of its wealth, beauty, history, and uniqueness is a great place to visit. Check it out, and you might just discover that it is a nice place to live, too.