imagesOrlando is a great place to call home, which is why more than 2.1 million people reside in Greater Orlando. Orlando is probably best known as the epicenter of fun and excitement, as more than 100 attractions from Disney World to Universal Studios keep visitors coming back for more.

Located within a 15-mile radius of the heart of Orlando’s attractions area, visitors and residents will find 12 shopping malls and factory outlet centers. Shoppers will find the world’s most sought-after brands including Burberry, Chanel, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo among 100 other designer brands. They’ll also find major department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s, along with numerous trendy, independently-owned boutiques..

If that wasn’t enough, Orlando is home to more than 5,300 restaurants. The choices boast international cuisines ranging from African to Vietnamese. All flavors of American fare are represented as well, from Southern/Creole comfort foods and entertaining dinner theatres to trendy wine bars and restaurants owned by celebrity chefs.

When you’re done eating and are looking for entertainment, visitors and residents can take delight in Orlando’s impressive lineup of world-class performing arts. The Orlando Ballet; Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra; Broadway Across America – Orlando series and several professional and community theatre companies are just a few of the area’s entertainment options. In addition, House of Blues, The Social and Hard Rock Live offer concerts many nights of the week. Cirque du Soleil has a permanent show at Downtown Disney and Universal CityWalk is home to the Blue Man Group show.

One of the greatest reasons to call Orlando home are the year-round recreational offerings. With more than 2,000 lakes, springs and rivers for swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing, 176 golf courses, 800 tennis courts and 21 fitness trails for biking, walking or blading, there’s something for even the pickiest enthusiast.