Located in Central Florida, it is the third largest metro area in the state of Florida. This is mostly attributed to the fact that the majority of area residents live in surrounding suburbs outside of city limits. Orlando is the fifth largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city.
Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful" and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. Orlando is also known as "The Theme Park Capital of the World" and its tourist attractions draw more than 57 million tourists a year, including 4.1 million international guests.
As the most visited American city in 2009, Orlando's famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry. The city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions.
Like other major cities in the Sun Belt, Orlando grew rapidly during the 1980s and into the first decade of the 21st century. Orlando ranks as the fourth most popular American city based on where people want to live according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.