Maitland is a suburban city in the Greater Orlando Metro Area. Located in Orange County, it has an estimated population of 16,464 and is one of the oldest incorporated suburban municipalities in central Florida.

The area is known from the 1838 attack of the Seminole Indians on Fort Maitland, which they called Lake Fumecheliga during the Second Seminole War. Fort Maitland was a small fort built as a rest stop between Fort Mellon (Sanford) and Fort Gatlin (Orlando). After the war, the fort was torn down but the settlement remained and came to be called Lake Maitland. In 1959, it was changed to Maitland.

The "historical corridor" of Maitland encircles old homes in the Lake Lily and Lake Catherine areas, extending through the central portion of the city. These century-old homes include the Episcopal parsonage (1880), the two-story Arthur O'Heir House (1885), the Thurston House (1885), the Chadbourne Hall (1891) and the Hill-Stone House (1908). The community's history is exhibited at the Maitland Historical Museum. The city is also home to the Maitland Art Center, formerly the Research Studio (1937), which is listed for its unique Mayan Revival and Fantasy Architecture on the National Register of Historic Places. The Maitland Telephone Museum and the William H. Waterhouse House Museum with its adjacent Carpentry Shop Museum (1883) featuring a display of 19th and early 20th century woodworking tools is also within the vicinity. Maitland hosts the nationally recognized Enzian Theater. It is Central Florida's only full-time independent movie theater and showcases the famed Florida Film Festival.

Today, Maitland is an affluent community, where the median resident age is 39, and 53% of the population is married couples, with 33% of those having children under the age of 18. Conveniently located in the proximity of Interstate 4 and new commuter rail system of SunRail, Maitland is an ideal place to call home. The SunRail operates from the northern Lake County town of DeBary to Sand Lake Road, which is to the south about 18 miles, expanding 31 miles. With an estimated median household income of $65,214, residents find employment throughout the Orlando area. In 1982, The Maitland Center was built, bringing over 400 businesses to the district. From the banking and brokerage company of Charles Schwab Corporation, Worldwide Brands, Fidelity Integrated Financial Solutions and their integrated banking services, to the electronic arts video game developer, EA Tiburon, producing the popular Madden NFL series and NCAA Football series, the City of Maitland has a lot to offer!

The Orange County Public School District serves the school age children of the area; offering three top-rated elementaries; Dommerich, Hungerford and Lake Sybelia. The 9 out-of 10 ranked Maitland Middle School is where the 6th – 8th graders attend, while they will attend the Winter Park High School for their 9th – 12th grade years. WPHS offers a highly regarded International Baccalaureate program. There are also several options for private education in the area, the Jewish Academy of Orlando, the Lake Forrest Preparatory School, the Maitland Montessori School, the Orangewood Christian School and the Park Maitland School, all encouraging children to exceed their expectations. With a 97% high school graduation rate and 59% of those continuing their schooling, education is an important core value to Maitland's community.

With a diverse population amongst the community, Maitland offers numerous places of worship, including the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando. The Asbury United Methodist Church, Bible Presbyterian Church of Maitland, Church of Light and Truth, First Presbyterian Church of Maitland, King of Kings Lutheran Church, Orangewood Presbyterian Church, Saint Richards Episcopal, Church Saint Johns Orthodox Church and Tangelo Baptist Church are all congregations serving the families of Maitland.

The City of Maitland has many picturesque parks along 21 beautiful lakes. With all of these wonderful open spaces, the community attracts people who adorn a serene and peaceful lifestyle. From quaint walking trails, tranquil boardwalks and charming neighborhood playgrounds to tennis courts, sporting field and fishing piers, the community of Maitland enjoys celebrating its beautiful weather and the wonderful outdoors.

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Updated: 21st May, 2019 3:19 AM.