Lake Mary is a suburban city that is located in the Greater Orlando metropolitan area in Seminole County, Florida, United States, and is located in Central Florida. The population was 16,798 at the 2020 census.

Lake Mary, Florida
City of Lake Mary
City Hall in 2005.
City Hall in 2005.
Official seal of Lake Mary, Florida
City of Lakes
Location in Seminole County and the state of Florida
Location in Seminole County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°44′28″N 81°19′12″W / 28.74111°N 81.32000°W / 28.74111; -81.32000[1]
Country United States
State Florida
County Seminole
Incorporated (city)August 7, 1973
 • MayorDavid Mealor
 • City ManagerKevin Smith
 • City9.88 sq mi (25.58 km2)
 • Land9.07 sq mi (23.50 km2)
 • Water0.80 sq mi (2.07 km2)
Elevation56 ft (17 m)
 • City16,798
 • Density1,851.02/sq mi (714.69/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
32746, 32795
Area code(s)407, 689
FIPS code12-38425[3]
GNIS feature ID2404865[1]



Lake Mary was named after Mary Sundell, the wife of Reverend J.F. Sundell, who settled on the northern shores of the lake. Lake Mary started as a village of two tiny settlements called Bent’s Station (located on the north shore of Crystal Lake) and Belle Fontaine.[4] They were located along the South Florida Railroad which ran between Sanford and Orlando.[5] The area was an agricultural community and early settlers included lumbermen, turpentine workers, families from Fort Reed (Sanford) who had received land grants, and Swedish families, who were mainly orange growers. By the time the area became known as Lake Mary, it was developed by a tight-rope walker and chemist named Frank Evans, who settled in the area in 1882. The first Lake Mary Post Office was established in February 1887. Evans built the original Lake Mary Elementary School, along with many commercial buildings and new homes. In 1923, he founded the Chamber of Commerce and he became a Seminole County Commissioner in 1926. The Lake Mary city hall building was created in 1946. The city incorporated on August 7, 1973.[6] Rated by Money magazine as the #4 best place to live in America in the August 2007 issue. It has a history museum in the Lake Mary Chamber of Commerce Building.[7]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 square miles (25 km2), of which 8.6 square miles (22 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (10.96%) is water.

Lake Mary is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is approximately 19 miles from Orlando, Florida.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 and 2020 census

Lake Mary racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Pop 2010[9] Pop 2020[10] % 2010 % 2020
White (NH) 10,641 10,898 76.99% 64.88%
Black or African American (NH) 642 1,027 4.64% 6.11%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 32 13 0.23% 0.08%
Asian (NH) 822 1,619 5.95% 9.64%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian (NH) 4 16 0.03% 0.10%
Some other race (NH) 26 106 0.19% 0.63%
Two or more races/Multiracial (NH) 247 667 1.79% 3.97%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 1,408 2,452 10.19% 14.60%
Total 13,822 16,798

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 16,798 people, 6,636 households, and 4,859 families residing in the city.[11]

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 13,822 people, 4,696 households, and 3,686 families residing in the city.[12]

2000 census


As of the 2000 census,[3] there were 11,458 people, 4,199 households, and 3,271 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,330.8 inhabitants per square mile (513.8/km2). There were 4,351 housing units at an average density of 505.4 per square mile (195.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.33% White, 3.60% African American, 0.24% Native American, 3.83% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.47% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.22% of the population.[13]

In 2000, there were 4,199 households, out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.08.[13]

In 2000, in the city, the population was spread out, with 26.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $83,921, and the median income for a family was $96,983.[13] Males had a median income of $57,132 versus $32,439 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,094. 2.9% of the population and 2.5% of families were below the poverty line. 1.8% of those under the age of 18 and 3.6% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.



Seminole County Public Schools operates Lake Mary's public schools.

There are 7 public schools, 5 private schools, 2 colleges Seminole State College of Florida, and ECPI University,[14] and 1 library in the greater Lake Mary area.[15]

Elementary schools

  • Heathrow Elementary School
  • Crystal Lake Elementary School
  • Lake Mary Elementary School

Middle schools

  • Markham Woods Middle School
  • Greenwood Lakes Middle School

High schools


Business and industry

Lake Mary Operations Center

The American Automobile Association, AAA, National Office is located in Lake Mary and is one of the largest business employers in the area. Also located in Lake Mary is the new Verizon Financial Center, Mitsubishi-Hitachi Power Systems along with multiple other nationally known companies. On a smaller scale, Scholastic Book Fairs, the book fair division of Scholastic Corporation, is headquartered in Lake Mary. In addition, the Orlando TV stations WTGL as well as WOFL and sister station WRBW (by way of Fox Television Stations) have studios located in Lake Mary. All of these are visible along Interstate 4. Prior to Emmis Communications selling WKCF to Hearst-Argyle (now Hearst Television), WKCF's studios were located in the studios that is now the studios of WTGL, before moving with now-sister station WESH in Winter Park.

Dixon Ticonderoga, one of the world's largest producers of pencils and art supplies, has put its headquarters in Lake Mary. Accesso, an English technology firm involved in the leisure industry, has its North American headquarters in Lake Mary, employing 220 people locally as of 2018.[16][17]

Top employers


According to the City's 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[18] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Deloitte Consulting LLP 2,100
2 Chase Bank Card Service 1,800
3 Seminole State College of Florida 1,455
4 Liberty Mutual Insurance Company 1,325
5 Verizon Corporate Resources Group 1,296
6 Convergys 1,100
7 American Automobile Association 873
8 Universal American 800
9 Agro Power Development, Inc 650
10 CentralSquare Technologies 500

Notable people


See also



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  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
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  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Lake Mary city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  10. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Lake Mary city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  11. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2020: Lake Mary city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  12. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2010: Lake Mary city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  13. ^ a b c "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  14. ^ "ECPI University College of Nursing Orlando (Lake Mary)". Retrieved August 16, 2023.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Pedicini, Sandra (August 14, 2014). "Lake Mary firm moves into South Korean theme parks". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, Florida: Tribune Publishing Company. p. A12 – via
  17. ^ Russo, Gabrielle (April 27, 2018). "In attractions industry, tech firm accesso is growing". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, Florida: Tribune Publishing Company. p. A10.
  18. ^ "City of Lake Mary Annual Comprehensive Financial Report For the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2021" (PDF). March 17, 2022. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  19. ^ Gigi applauds money but rules what's missed from the Orlando Sentinel July 24, 2007