Nearby the always popular Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Area, the town of Lady Lake is a quiet local gem in the busy tourist areas of Central Florida. The city's current beautification program is attracting residential and commercial investment into the area, so it is easy to see why many Floridians are seeking Lady Lake apartments for rent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2011 population estimate was more than 14,000 residents, making Lady Lake a quaint, quiet area for you and your family to settle in, while still having all the amenities of Orlando close by.
There are more than 1,000 archaeological sites in the Lake County area recognized by the state of Florida, so people have been wanting to call Lady Lake home for many years. Some of the oldest settlers were French Huguenots; however, their colony was wiped out when the Spanish arrived in the mid-16th century. The community remained occupied by Seminole Native Americans and Spanish missionaries until a British botanist named William Bertram came into the area to study the unique horticulture native to Lady Lake and recorded the first identification of the royal palm tree in 1774.
Several towns came and vanished in Lake County between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars because the town switched from British to Spanish rule numerous times, resulting in many settlers relocating elsewhere in the state. However, the Homestead Act that was signed into law after the Civil War gave many Confederate and Union soldiers alike an opportunity for a fresh start in Florida, and many relocated into the Lady Lake area.
Until recently, Lady Lake was largely an agricultural area pioneering in the country's citrus fruit farming industry. Although lumber and turpentine also developed part of the economy in Central Florida, the areas around Lake County became well known for their excellent watermelons, peaches, tomatoes and oranges. Today, Lady Lake is exhibiting a diverse business community that is eager to grow even more in the 21st century.
The majority of the students in the area frequent Lake-Sumter Community College. Known for its beautiful campus and diverse student body, this college offers 2-year degrees and certifications in a variety of fields. With a tuition that is more affordable than most other colleges and universities in the state, and flexible class times that can fit into many students' busy schedules, Lake-Sumter is a great place for both traditional and nontraditional students to get an education.
According to the city's comprehensive annual financial report, the largest employers in the area include Publix Supermarkets, The Home Depot and the Town of Lady Lake. Based on the report's findings, the largest industry in the area is retail. If you are staying in the community for work or traveling to nearby Orlando for employment, finding Lady Lake apartments near Highway 500 are your best bet for cutting down time on your commute.
Lady Lake has a cost of living index that is nearly 9 points below the national average, making it a very affordable place to live. According to information from city-data.com, the median gross rent in 2009 was $775 per month. With such an affordable standard of living in the area, it is no surprise that the town saw a 17.7 percent jump in population from 2000 to 2010.
Since Florida is known for its unique plants and animals, one of the best ways to understand the local culture is to attend the Wings and Wildflower Festival held every fall in Lake County. Horseback rides and carriage tours take you on a journey through the scenic Florida landscape to learn about the Scrub-jay and other creatures in native preserves and natural areas.
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