Kissimmee, Florida A Popular Place to Live

Kissimmee, Florida, is a popular place to live, thanks to its proximity just south of Orlando and world-class attractions like Walt Disney World Resorts, Seaworld, and Universal Studios. With various neighborhoods and communities, it can be challenging to decide which area is the best fit for you. In this article, we’ll explore Kissimmee, highlighting the unique features and attractions that make each location special. If you’re moving to the area and want to buy a home check us out. McCormack Realty & Renters Choice Homes have been in business for over thirty years in Kissimmee. If you’re looking for a rental home to live in, why not see if we can help you? If you already own an investment home in Kissimmee or surrounding areas and are looking at your property management options, we can help you with free informative advice call us on 407-933-2367 email

 Central Florida Map
Shutterstock,istock,Fotolia map of Central Florida

When Walt Disney World Resorts bought more than 27,000 acres in Osceola and Orange counties in 1965/66 through various land agents at a purchase price of just over $5 million, Disney used different dummy corporations to acquire the land to avoid a burst of land speculation. This was the first step in transforming this ranching area into a world-class resort area that people would want to visit for vacations and relocate their families.

Walt Disney World Resorts Orlando Florida
Orlando, Florida. March 04, 2022, Entrance Arch of Walt Disney Theme Parks 50th Anniversary at Lake Buena Vista area.

Recreation In Kissimmee, Florida A Popular Place to Live

Numerous nature trails and local attractions are popular with residents and theme parks. Lake Toho has undergone a massive renovation making it a popular place close to downtime Kissimmee for parks, family picnics, and boating. Being outdoors year-round and enjoying the Florida sunshine is one of the perks of living here. There’s the old car parade every Friday night in ‘Old Town’. The downtown area has some antique shops and restaurants and mom-and-pop diners. There are sports centers for activities, and lets not forget the rodeo! It’s twice a year and is a fun place to go! We also have concerts at Osceola Heritage Park. If you’re interested in wildlife, we have eagles, gators, sand cranes, swans, and many others.

bald headed eagle nesting in Kissimmee


The employment in the area has been mostly service industries, but now with so many people working online from home, all types of industries are represented. If you have a job to come to or can work from home, this might be a good fit for you. Check out the population growth in the area.,a%203.98%25%20increase%20from%202020. Ensure you have a good financial reserve with you as it is always more expensive than you think relocating. The majority of local jobs involve working in the service industry or hospitality. Typically, these jobs are low-paid, and the cost of living can be quite high.


With so many families moving here, the school system has undergone significant changes to accommodate the population growth.

  • Students in the Osceola School District represent 140 different countries and speak over 98 languages. More than 17,102 students (about 25 percent of the total student population) participate in the school district’s English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. The district’s high school graduation rate has risen to an all-time high of 91%. The district’s graduation rate remains above the state average, which is evidence of the district’s commitment to giving every child every chance, every day.
  • Osceola continues to comply with Florida’s class-size amendment, with the maximum number of students in core classes being at:
    o 18 students in prekindergarten through Grade 3;
    o 22 students in Grades 4 through 8; and
    o 25 students in Grades 9 through 12.
  • Learn more about Osceola County’s school system here

About the author, Anne-Marie McCormack

Anne-Marie McCormack has been a Florida licensed Real Estate Broker since 1996. She has worked as a realtor in property management, rentals and sales in Kissimmee, Davenport, and Orlando, Florida since 1991.

She heads the team at McCormack Realty & Renters Choice Homes and has lots of experience with long-term and short-term rentals and sales. . Anne-Marie owned and operated a short-term-rental, property management company from 1994-2004. Since then McCormack Realty & Renters Choice Homes has focused on long-term rentals and sales of residential, investment homes and vacation homes also known as holiday lets.

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