Apopka, Florida started out as a place once called “Big Potato” by the Native Americans of the of the area and was formerly known as the “Fern City”. It is now known as the “Indoor Foliage Capitol of the World.” Founded upon a thriving fragrant citrus grove industry, the city of Apopka is is now home to the largest collection of climate-controlled greenhouses and fields of landscaped nurseries and subdivisions. Apopka is the second largest city in Orange County and is located just northwest of Orlando. Apopka is considered a bedroom community for Orlando and Central Florida. Apopka has some of the nicest home developments in Central Florida, and has some great schools for your children’s education.
Apopka was founded as “Apopka City” in 1882 and quickly became the trading center of the Orange County area. Apopka was built around the Orange Lodge No. 36 which is still located on Orange Blossom Trail today. The beautiful climate and crisp winds of Apopka are due to its location on the Wekiva River and the huge Lake Apopka, which is the cause of the constant breeze in Apopka, as well as some of the most spectacular lightning displays in the state.
Apopka is a city of over 54,000 residents. One interesting fact of the city of Apopka is that our current mayor, John Land, has served for over 55 years in office. This is one of the longest tenures of any mayor in any city in America. Apopka has been growing extremely rapidly in the last few years. It is a beautiful area and is away from the hustle and bustle of some of the towns of Central Florida, such as Winter Park or Lake Buena Vista. However, since 2000 the creation of the beltway highway, SR429, which was created to move some of the traffic away from I-4 and US 441 (Orange Blossom Trail), this artery has opened up Apopka for much more growth. The population has more than doubled since 2000. As a result, there are more things to do, see, enjoy, and greater amenities and services than ever before.