Longwood is a suburban city in Seminole County, Florida. With an approximate population of 13,822 people, it is ideally located about 15 miles north of Orlando and provides a true hometown feel to its residents amongst its historic community and majestic oak trees.
Claiming the title as the oldest city in Seminole County, Longwood was established in 1873. Its oldest resident is the 3500 year old, bald cypress tree, the Senator, providing a landmark for the Native Americans that traveled from the St. Johns River to trading grounds at Spring Hammock. For years the tremendously tall tree was the centerpiece of Big Tree Park at 125 feet, and a trunk diameter of 17.5 feet. In 2012, to its demise, the Senator was destroyed by fire.
With Central Florida starting to develop after the Second Seminole War, the cities of Sanford and Orlando were small communities by the early 1860s. Soon after, many settled in is what is now known as the Longwood area and they incorporated in 1923. With new economic and development opportunities being brought into the area around the 1960's and '70's, from both the military and the space industry, along with the development of Walt Disney World and other tourist attractions, Longwood continued to prosper and developed into primarily a residential community.
By 2000, the city was revitalizing its downtown historic district and expanded its borders through annexation. Longwood's Historic District has 37 contributing structures and became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. The District is the heart and soul of the city, donned by a clock tower with its pedestrian-friendly area. Seeking out the respected treasures of the community, you will find the Bradlee-McIntyre House, with its elaborate Queen Anne Style architecture, built in 1885. Also within of the Historical District, you'll find the documented structures of the Longwood Hotel (1886), the Inside-Outside House (1873) along with the Tucker House (1920) with its detailed example of the Bungalow Style home.
Longwood residents have an average age of 43 years old with 56% of those being married and 35% having children under the age of 18 residing with them. With an estimated median household income of $58,846, employment has a wide range of opportunities within the Metro Orlando Area. Orlando Regional Healthcare is one of Longwood's largest employers with the South Seminole Hospital located within the city's borders. Collis Roofing, Comprehensive Energy Services, Inc. and Lyman High School are the other leading local employers. With the continuous, aggressive growth of the Orlando Metro Area, the commuter rail, SunRail, has recently opened the Longwood Station, offering an efficient alternate into Downtown Orlando and other areas. The Lynx bus system offers a multitude of stops in the Longwood area, also.
Longwood offers many choices for students at all stages of their education. The highly desired Seminole County School District serves the community and was recently named an "Academically High-Performing School District". Offering Five Star awarded facilities from elementary through high school. The area does have an number of private schools, ranging from secular to those having a diverse religious affiliation. With a high school graduation rate of 89%, and 25% of those wishing to continue their education and obtain their bachelor's degree, Longwood offers the college of liberal arts, Rollins College, and the University of Central Florida, offering over 200 bachelor and master's degree programs along with a new medical school and research facilities, both within 11 mile radius. Seminole State, Barry University and Stetson University are other options available.
Recognized as 1 of the 4 "Safest Places to Raise a Family in Florida" and more recently named as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Live in Florida," many love to call Longwood home!
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Updated: 21st May, 2019 2:39 AM.