Quality of Life in Sanford
The quality of life amenities which attracted General Henry Sanford to purchase 12,547 acres of land and plan a town in 1870, continues to attract new business and residents today.
General Sanford wanted a beautiful setting of stately Oaks, water view vistas, good roads, great schools and an ideal climate for his city and for the home base of his booming business enterprise.
The City of Sanford continues, today, to offer favorable economic development opportunities to businesses of all kinds while offering a quality level of services and amenities for residents.
Sanford's downtown is a historic hot spot combining retail and galleries, office and commercial with a growing theatre and restaurant/entertainment center. Now known as the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, and recently known as the Helen Stairs Theatre for the Performing Arts, the landmark restored Ritz Theatre building of 1920's Vaudeville fame now produces an annual season of "named" entertainment shows along with housing Seminole County's repertory theatre adult and youth company. Activities at the Theatre alone bring over 50,000 people to downtown Sanford annually.
Take our free shuttle: Sanford Trolley Stop Map & Schedule
Take our tours: Downtown Walking Tour
Regional Shopping Center
The booming retail activity just west of downtown includes one of the largest malls in Central Florida, The Seminole Towne Center, as well as numerous retail enclaves surrounding it. One of the area's largest congregation of auto and motorcycle dealers is located in this vicinity, as well.
Restaurants, movie theatres, bookstores and other service facilities are readily available "close to home". And the marinas at the Port of Sanford, at the Osteen Bridge and in Downtown offer boaters of every level ready access to Lake Monroe and the beautiful St. Johns River.
Sanford has an outstanding, historic baseball park, pool and aquatic facility, Senior Center, and various-sized City facilities available for wedding receptions, club events and private parties.
Churches of many denominations are conveniently located in most every neighborhood through the City. Central Florida Regional, a quality HCA hospital is located in the immediate Sanford Area, surrounded by a growing medical community of physician groups and medical services. Sanford and Seminole County has the unique advantage of being served by three of the nation's leading healthcare groups with four major area hospitals offering a full array of medical services. The only Level 1 Trauma Center in Central Florida and the area's premier Children's Hospital is located close by in Downtown Orlando, as well. The City's Orlando Sanford International Airport is one of the fastest growing in the U.S. providing service both domestically and to Europe. Receiving over 2 million passengers annually, the Airport supports many service businesses and provides thousands of jobs to the area.
Seminole County Schools are renowned for excellence. MONEY magazine identified Seminole County schools as one of the top 100 school districts in the nation in terms of offering high quality education in a moderately priced community. The school district has been recognized every year since 1992 for being in the top 10% of the nation's 15,600 school districts as meeting the needs of families choosing schools. Seminole County had 87% of their schools rated A or B schools. NEWSWEEK recognized all Seminole County High Schools in the top 3% in the nation based on the number of students enrolled in advanced placement or international baccalaureate classes. Orlando Business Journal ranked all SCPS high schools among the top 25 in Central Florida.
Quality of Life in the City of Sanford is Great! Come see for yourself!
For more information about the many reasons why the City of Sanford is best for your business contact:
Bob Turk, Economic Development Director or Sonia Fonseca, Community Redevelopment Executive Director.