Poinciana, Florida, is one of the fastest growing areas in Central Florida. It has a population of 53,000 and is located southwest of Kissimmee, the county seat of Osceola County. Poinciana, a suburb of the Orlando metropolitan area, has a total area of around 35 square miles and is considered a Planned Unit Development (PUD). The city, which is the largest unincorporated community in the United States, is also a census-designated place (CDP) in both Osceola and Polk counties. The area has predominantly single family homes and is governed by a homeowners' association (HOA).
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Poinciana was initially conceived as a retirement community but over time, families have become the predominant group living here. Osceola and Polk Counties have a large number of colleges and universities, as well as elementary, middle, and high schools. While Osceola County is home to manufacturing, distribution, and corporate headquarters operations, Polk County's economy has been highly reliant upon the phosphate mining, agricultural, and tourism industries. Polk County is also home to a farm team of the Detroit Tigers and is also the Tigers' spring training headquarters. Poinciana has hot and humid summers and averages 237 days of sunshine per year. While the annual high temperature is around 91 degrees in July, it drops to a low of 41 degrees in January. Poinciana also receives 51 inches of rain per year, which is higher than the national average.
Poinciana is home to a large Hispanic and Latino population, particularly Puerto Ricans, who consider this suburb the "Little Puerto Rico" of Florida. Within Poinciana, there are local events, such as the annual arts and crafts fair that offers entertainment, food, and activities for children. For entertainment, people can visit Polk County's Fantasy of Flight, which is an art deco building that houses rare and vintage aircraft. There is also the Bok Sanctuary, whose gardens are the work of celebrated landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and are a national historic landmark. The sanctuary also features a Singing Tower that is designed in a neo-Gothic and art deco style and houses some of the best carillons in the world. Some scenic prominent parks, such as Meadow Woods Park, Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park, and Lake Kissimmee State Park, are within driving distance. Family fun time at Walt Disney World is only an hour away. Poinciana is an affordable and quiet option for families who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of larger cities and heavily visited tourist spots.