Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful" in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida. The Greater Orlando metropolitan area has a population of 2,134,411, making it the 26th largest in the U.S.
The city is best known for the Walt Disney World Resort and for the Universal Orlando Resort Orlando is also home to the SeaWorld theme park, Gatorland, as well as Wet 'n Wild Water Park. The city's famous attractions form the backbone of Orlando's tourism industry, making the city the most visited American city in 2009.
The city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions. Like other major cities in the Sun Belt, Orlando grew rapidly during the 1980s and well into the first decade of the 21st century. Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, which is the second largest university in the United States. Orlando attracts over 51 million tourists a year.