Renter's Guide to Apopka
When considering Florida as a potential place to live, many people tend to focus on the larger cities – like Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa – and overlook the smaller towns. As a result, the larger cities tend to be more crowded, the cost of living in those cities goes up, and what once seemed like an attractive option is now a little less so.
Apopka offers access to the same big city amenities, but with a lower cost of living. Located 20 miles west of Orlando and known as the “Indoor Foliage Capital of the World,” at 33.2 square miles, Apopka is about one-third the size of Orlando.
As with most cities in Florida, the weather in Apopka is typically very warm year-round, ranging from an average of 71°F in January to an average of 92°F in August. Humidity is consistently in the 70%-95% range.
If you’re a friendly person, you’ll feel right at home here. Forbes rated it 14th friendliest city in the United States. If that weren't enough, NerdWallet named Apopka one of the top cities in Florida for young families.
Cost of Living in Apopka, FL
The cost of living in Apopka is slightly below the national average.
Utility costs for a 915 square-foot apartment are $135/month on average, including water, electricity, and waste disposal. A three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant will run about $50.
Public transportation in the city is provided by the LYNX bus system, which covers most of Apopka – and even goes into Orlando. Fares are $2 per ride or $50 for a monthly pass.
Taxis are few and far between, but there's always Uber.
Average Rent in Apopka, FL
- Apopka, FL Average Rental Price, February 2020 $1,288 /mo
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Living in Apopka, FL
If you enjoy outdoor activities, Apopka has plenty of options to choose from. But if you’re more of a nightlife person, you may find the city doesn’t measure up to places like Miami or Orlando.
That said, you'll be close enough to Orlando that you can still take advantage of the larger city's amenities and attractions.
Another negative in Apopka is crime. The city's crime rate is 22% higher than the national average.
Things to do in Apopka
We promised outdoor activities, and you're going to get them. For starters, Rock Springs offers a natural spring where you can rent an inner tube and float for as long as you’d like. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, you can visit the West Orange Trail, Kelly Park, or Wekiwa Springs State Park.
Since Apopka is so close to Orlando, a day trip to Disney World is never out of the question. Of course, if you're on a budget, you can check out the Apopka Art and Jazz Festival or Apopka Art and Foliage Festival instead.
If you're in need of a unique date idea, Magic Air offers a romantic flight tour, complete with chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne, and a romantic photo shoot, or you can go horseback riding at Trademark Equestrian Center.
Looking for an activity that keeps your feet on the ground? Check out Brunswick Wekiva Lanes for some bowling.
Sports fans can also find the NBA's Orlando Magic and Major League Soccer's Orlando City SC just a short drive away.
Employment and Economy
The economy in Apopka is still recovering from the housing market collapse in 2008, as evidenced by the 6.3% unemployment rate, which is a little higher than the national average of 5.8%.
By the same token, the poverty level is 9% higher than the national average. Because there are no significant industries in Apopka that can serve as job creators, the city's economy is taking longer to rebound than in places with established manufacturing or industrial bases.
That said, nearby Orlando is known as the “Silicon Valley of the Modeling, Simulation, and Training Industry,” which counts Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, and Carley Corp. among its members. Orlando also boasts the most engineers in the Aviation, Aerospace, and Defense industry, and is the home of many advanced manufacturing and research companies.
Considering the commute is only 20 miles and the LYNX system runs to Orlando, there are plenty of job opportunities to be explored there.
Education in Apopka
While there are no higher education institutions in Apopka proper, there are plenty in neighboring Orlando. Most notable among Orlando’s colleges are the University of Central Florida, Valencia College, Florida Technical College, Everest University, and Florida Christian University.
Apopka has two high schools, one of which is a charter school. The public school, Apopka High School, was ranked as one of the most challenging schools in the country.
Tips for Renting in Apopka
When renting a new place, always ensure that your home meets the livability standards set for Apopka.
For example, the apartment must be free of any structural issues, have working plumbing, hot water, and heating, have reasonable security features (such as locking doors and windows), and be free of pests.
As a renter, if your apartment does not meet these standards, it's the landlord’s responsibility to pay for whatever repairs or work is necessary.
If they don't, you have the right to withhold rent, as long as you give your landlord seven days' written notice.
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