Record Setting – Good and Bad

We here in the city Beautiful are in many record books for any number of reasons. Some great, some not so much. Review with me now records we hold (and feel free to add any that I’ve over looked).

1. Most Theme Parks in a Metro Area
2. Lightning Capital of the World
3. Most tourists annually than any other city (52 million annually)
4. Top five airport for convenience
5. Florida’s Largest inland city
6. Home to the second largest University in Florida – University of Central Florida
7. 2nd Largest City in the country for hotel rooms (Las Vegas is first)
8. 2nd in the number of lakes in the metropolitan area (Minneapolis is first)
9. Only city on record to be hit by 3 hurricanes in a 6 week period (2004)
10. 2nd Largest convention complex in the US (Las Vegas is first)
11. Top 10 real estate growth in the US (34% from 04-05)
12. Orlando is home to one of the nation’s largest and rapidly-growing Puerto Rican communities, with the largest growing Russian community coming in a close second!

But here’s a record we don’t want. MURDER CAPITAL OF FLORIDA!!

We are barely past the half way point this year and we’re about to break our own record from 1982 AND take the title from Jacksonville. For the past 17 years, Jacksonville has worn this title 12 of those years. This is not something to be proud of Orlando! We aren’t the only ones reporting this increase in crime, but wow… considering most of our records up there have to do with tourism, I sure would hate for us to earn that kind of reputation!

1 Comment so far

  1. Joseph (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

    tack on most ‘irregular’:
    http://www.syracuse.com/business/prnewswire/index.ssf?/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=NY1&STORY=/www/story/02-15-2006/0004282539&EDATE=Feb15,%202006

    and I could swear i saw us within the top ten most unhealthy populations in the US, but I can’t seem to track down that information.



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