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Renter's Guide to Kissimmee
Welcome to the land of recreation and sunshine!
The city of Kissimmee offers you plenty of parks, fun, shopping, and employment opportunities. You might even find more than that – the city was ranked #4 best place for singles in Florida.
WalletHub also named it one of the top 100 best cities for families.
As a suburb of Orlando, Kissimmee combines big city convenience with small town charm. It's the seat of Osceola County and is about 23 times larger than Davenport, FL, but is only one-sixth the size of Orlando.
The climate here is subtropical. The temperature reaches freezing less than three days per year on average, so if you hate cold weather, you’ll love Kissimmee! Summer highs are usually in the high 80s/low 90s. Rain is frequent during the summer, but it’s pretty dry the rest of the year.
Kissimmee doesn’t experience much of an autumn, with winter from November through February, spring in March through May, and summer from June through October. Like most east coast cities, hurricanes can be a problem in summer.
Kissimmee, FL Demographics
- Total Population278,404
Female 137,094Male 141,310
- Median Age35.5
Cost of Living in Kissimmee, FL
The LYNX bus system provides service in Kissimmee and all of central Florida. A single pass is $2, but you’ll only pay 25 cents more for an all-day ride pass. Or you can go all out, with a 30-day pass for $50.
Both Yellow Cab and Willy’s Taxi operate in and around Kissimmee. The average commute time is 28 minutes, only two minutes more than the national average.
Living in Kissimmee is very affordable. A three-course meal for two at a mid-priced restaurant ranges from $30 to $58, while the average price for a regular cappuccino is $3.58.
The monthly cost of electricity, heating, water, and garbage for a 915sqft apartment in Kissimmee is only $133.43 on average. That's less than the national average of $147.
Average Rent in Kissimmee, FL
- Kissimmee, FL Average Rental Price, January 2020 $1,381 /mo
Kissimmee, FL Apartment Rent Ranges
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Living in Kissimmee
Life in Kissimmee comes with plenty of benefits.
In addition to beautiful weather and proximity to the ocean, the city has a variety of natural attractions. It’s also convenient to Orlando, Walt Disney World, and the Orlando airport.
Unfortunately, like almost the entire state of Florida, Kissimmee is also vulnerable to hurricanes. However, the city has the resources and infrastructure to minimize the threat.
Things to do in Kissimmee
Indoors or out, Kissimmee is absolutely filled with fun things for you to do. Both the Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex and the alligator preserve, Gatorland, make great choices for family fun. Of course, the massive Walt Disney World and SeaWorld parks draw visitors from across the globe.
Free attractions include the Lake Lizzie Nature Preserve. This beautiful site is home to the largest population of bald eagles in the nation. Watching these majestic birds is not only fun, but free! Fun is also free on the Kissimmee River, where you can have a floating picnic or catch a few fish.
Kissimmee is a town full of parks, like the Lakefront Park downtown. As the name implies, it’s right on the water and has fishing, boat rentals, and a lighthouse. The Shingle Creek Regional Trail is a very new wildlife trail where you can view the wetland ecosystem and enjoy hiking, biking, or time with your dog.
Another park is Quail Hollow, which offers a playground, along with volleyball and basketball courts.
Shopping in Kissimmee centers around Old Town. This historic district provides hip restaurants, chic shops, and classic car shows. There are even carnival games and rides! However, if you'd prefer a Latin-themed shopping experience, visit Plaza Del Sol. This shopping center has dozens of shops and Latin American restaurants, all with a hacienda decor.
The Blizzard Beach Water Park is perfect for couples looking to have some aquatic fun together. Or if you decide you’d rather share a meal, you can choose from two dinner shows in Kissimmee – Capone’s Dinner and Show or Medieval Times.
Kissimmee has been hosting the annual Silver Spurs Rodeo for over 70 years now. You won't want to miss the yearly 4th of July celebration either. It includes a gigantic fireworks display that you can enjoy from the shore or out on the water. There’s also a patriotic parade of decorated boats.
Arts and culture are easy to find in Kissimmee. The Osceola County Performing Arts Center puts on live plays, stretching all the way from the time of Shakespeare up to the modern age. If you’re a military history buff, the Museum of Military History will be right up your alley. History enthusiasts will also enjoy the Pioneer Center. It has shops, workshops, and crafts right out of yesteryear.
Working in Kissimmee
The retail, leisure, and healthcare industries are strong in Kissimmee. Naturally, Walt Disney World is a major employer, providing thousands of jobs. Publix and Wal-Mart also offer plenty of career opportunities.
On the healthcare side, the Osceola Regional Medical System has careers available for a variety of fields, including nursing, information technology, and maintenance. Florida Hospital Celebration Health is also nearby, providing jobs in its 200-bed facility.
Kissimmee, FL Households
- Total Number of Households81,593
Family 61,360Non-family 20,232
Children 31,463No Children 50,129
- Average People Per Household3.35
- Median Household Income$45,947
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,125
Top Colleges in Kissimmee
Although Kissimmee is rather small to host a university’s main campus, you will find the Osceola County campuses of both Valencia College and the University of Central Florida here. Valencia is one of the top community colleges in the US, while UCF is known for its excellent medical sciences program.
Kissimmee, FL Education Statistics
- No High School5%
- Some High School40%
- Some College28%
- Associate Degree9%
- Bachelor Degree12%
- Graduate Degree5%
Tips for Renting in Kissimmee
You have several important laws and statutes backing you up when you rent in Kissimmee.
For example, your landlord must return your deposit within 15 days of your moving out.
If they don't, you can sue your landlord in small claims court, provided the amount is under $5,000. This can save you a ton of money in legal fees.
You also have the right to withhold rent if necessary repairs aren’t made, but you must notify your landlord in writing first. Furthermore, Florida law dictates that your landlord must give you at least 12 hours’ notice before entering your apartment.
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