Lake Mary, Florida is also known as the City of Lakes and is located in Seminole County. With an estimated population of 14,807 today, the city started out as two small settlements located along the railroad that connected Orlando to the northern community of Sanford. Lake Mary was once considered an agriculture and citrus based area, but has grown into a city, just 18 miles north of downtown Orlando, with many upscale residential communities. Although it did not become incorporated until 1973, its Chamber of Commerce was established in 1923.
Lake Mary has been listed in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" listing of America's best small towns, multiple times since the survey began in 2005. They topped out at #4 in 2007's. Priding itself on a strong sense of community, they were also rated by CNN/Money Magazine's as the #1 "Small Town in Florida to Live" and one of "Top 10 Best Towns for Families" by Family Circle Magazine. Still one of the fastest growing areas in Central Florida, Lake Mary boasts on its notable prestigious, upscale, residential communities, its strong, high-tech industrial park and an influential lifestyle that includes excellent school and plenty of family friendly activities.
Located along the Interstate 4 corridor of Orlando, Lake Mary has developed into "the Little Silicon Valley," home to many national and international firms including Mitsubishi Motors, AT&T and Chase, along with an industrial park of various computer software companies. With top employers like Convergys, Fiserv, The Bank of New York Mellon, AIG and Symantec all having offices in the area, there are wonderful opportunities for employment. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has their national office in Lake Mary and is one of the area's largest business employers. Creating opportunities on a smaller scale is the book fair division of the Scholastic Corporation, Scholastic Book Fairs, is headquartered in Lake Mary. In addition, Dixon Ticonderoga, one of the world's largest producers of pencils, has its main headquarters here. Lake Mary has an estimated median income of $71,376, with lots of possibilities!
With all of the Corporations found in Lake Mary, on any weekday, their town of under 15,000 people raises to more than 35,000 as commuters arrive for their jobs. So in keeping up with the times, Greater Orlando opened a commuter rail, the SunRail, which opened a station in Lake Mary on May 1st, 2014. The Lake Mary Station is currently is the northernmost SunRail stop and serves commuters to downtown and as far south as Sand Lake Road and the Pine Castle area. SunRail has a Phase 2 planned and is expected to open by 2017. It will extend the system north to the DeLand Amtrak station and south to Poinciana, making this metro area very accessible to all.
Having a resident population where 70.8% are married and 38.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, family is an important value to the Lake Mary community. Priding themselves with strong morals and values, the importance of excellent educational facilities is also very important to them. Lake Mary is served by the Seminole County School District, with its "A" rating. Recognized for creating well-rounded students, the elementary, middle and high schools of Lake Mary furnish a challenging curriculum, while producing an enriched learning environment, as well as providing a superior student-teacher ratio. Living up to its motto of "Building Success for Every Student," Seminole County Schools works as a partnership with parents, teachers, the administration and local businesses making sure that every pupil succeeds. With a 94% graduation rate from high school and 58% of those continuing their education and receiving their Bachelor's Degree and 38% obtaining a Masters Degree, it verifies why Newsweek Magazine ranked Lake Mary High School #248 of "America's Best High Schools" in 2007. There is also a highly accredited college preparatory school that serves the area, the Lake Mary Preparatory School.
There are numerous leisure and entertainment venues in the Lake Mary area, from many of the parks and lakes for hiking, boating and fishing to the abundance of dining and shopping venues. Lake Mary still hosts a small town feel, right down to their town square and weekly local farmers market.
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Updated: 21st May, 2019 1:49 AM.