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Orlando, FL (Population: 213,223)

Orlando Florida, with a population of 213,223 (2005), has been nicknamed "The City Beautiful" and "O Town." Orlando is a vastly popular tourist town with a large variety of theme parks, as well as conference and convention centers. Orlando is very much a multicultural city with large communities of African Americans and Hispanics, especially Puerto Ricans and Cubans. There are visible Russian, Indian and Vietnamese populations as well. The city has a very low unemployment rate and all the commodities of an international city, including all the shopping, dining, and fine arts that one could desire. Besides tourism, the economy is driven by the manufacturing, television, film and electronic gaming industries.

The Orlando Magic, a major league basketball team, plays in downtown Orlando at the Amway Arena. The Capital One Bowl is held at the Citrus Bowl, as is the Champs Sports Bowl and the Florida Classic. Disney's Wild World of Sports is home to Cracker Jack Stadium, the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves. Orlando has many colleges, universities and educational institutions, such as the University of Central Florida, the Hindu University of America and the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The most popular attractions in Orlando include Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and Sea-World Orlando. Ripley's Believe it or Not! Orlando attraction is known as the Orlando Odditorium where visitors can peruse collections, artifacts and exhibits that are best described as odd, strange or bizarre. For water lovers the city has both a Wet 'N Wild waterpark as well as the Wekiwa Springs State Park offering fishing, cannoing and swimming. Another pull to the area is the active entertainment industry. Orlando has been called "Hollywood East" because of the numerous film companies in the area, as well as its substantial theater population. The Florida music scene is very influential, especially in genres of pop and mainstream music, as well as in the hiphop, breakbeat and rock scenes.