Lake Nona is a 44-square-mile, 10,900-hectare, 4,400-hectare mixed-use planned community within the city limits of Orlando, southeast of Orlando International Airport. Developed by Lake Nona Property Holdings (owned by Tavistock Group), Lake Nona region is home of the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, a humanities cluster known as the "Lake Nona Medical City" and a variety of retail centers, recreational facilities and residential options. The community is named after a large lake in the northern part.
Lake Nona Medical City is considered a center for biomedical research and education because it includes:
In Lake Nona, the population grew from just 1,500 in 2000 to over 50,000 people by 2015. In the last 5 years alone, the population has increased by approximately 27,000 people, almost doubling. Some statistics show that, by the 2020 census, the population of the Lake Nona area can reach 75,000, while others put the number around 100,000, becoming more practical due to the fact that there are almost 20,000 houses under construction or planned in the Lake Nona area. Most of the newcomers are very wealthy and in the upper middle class, settling in the vicinity of the emerging Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando. During the Puerto Rican crisis of 2015, more than 15,000 Puerto Ricans called Orlando their new home, while about 20% of them settled in the Lake Nona area.