The Oviedo-Winter Springs area is a community of distinction within Central Florida. The communities are positioned within the great Orlando metro region, in the midst of the area’s world-renowned attractions and economic opportunities. While the Oviedo-Winter Springs area continues to grow, each city works diligently to retain their hometown charm and old-time traditions.
The city of Oviedo was established long before the creation of Seminole County in April of 1913. During the Civil War Era, the settlement’s location to Solary Wharf attracted merchants, and its natural beauty drew in residents looking to escape the ravages of war. It was originally called Lake Jesup Community, until Postmaster Andrew Aulin, a Swedish immigrant, renamed it Oviedo in March of 1879. Oviedo was officially incorporated as a city in 1925, with a modest population of 800 residents.
Winter Springs is a young community, recently celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2009. The community was officially incorporated as North Orlando in 1959, with less than 600 residents. Ultimately, North Orlando became Winter Springs, now the largest community in Seminole County.
Today, the Oviedo-Winter Springs area has transformed from a sleepy community into a thriving area that offers a unique mix of tranquil suburban living, with easy access to big city conveniences. Its preserved beauty continues to attract new residents and visitors who enjoy the outdoors. Planned growth ensures that the area’s natural resources remain well maintained, while also providing residents with expanded public services and up-to-date facilities.
The cities of Oviedo and Winter Springs’ commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents has not gone without recognition. In fact, the cities were jointly ranked in the 2008 Orlando Sentinel’s “101 Best of Orlando” as the “Best Place to Live in Central Florida.” In addition, the city of Winter Springs was chosen in 2007 and 2011 as one of the “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine as was the city of Oviedo in 2009. Likewise, the city of Oviedo has also been rated a “Top 100 City” for three consecutive years in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by Relocate America and one of the “10 Best Towns for Families” for 2011 by Family Circle magazine.
To learn more about the Oviedo-Winter Springs area, visit the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce’s informational website at www.oviedowintersprings.org.