Longwood is a city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. The population was 13,657 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.6 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.3 square miles (14 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (5.17%) is water. The city has two of the oldest trees in America within its borders: The Senator and Lady Liberty. At the 2010 census, there were 13,657 people and 5,244 households in the city. The population density was 2,438.8 per square mile (941.9/km2). There were 5,680 housing units at an average density of 1014.3 per square mile (391.7/km2). There were 5,244 households. The median household income was $58,846 and the median family income was $68,146.
Longwood has been a destination point for Florida travelers since coastal tribes used The Senator, an ancient bald cypress, to find their way overland from the St. Johns River to trading grounds at Spring Hammock. This was what the wilderness sanctuary early tribes found when they escaped inland from the Spanish. Later, when Creeks and others from the tribes of the Southeast United States fled into Spanish Florida and settled new villages among escaped African slaves, they became the Seminoles. The word “Seminole” is adopted from Spanish and Creek terms for people who live away from others. The Senator, at more than 3000 years old, is easily Central Florida’s oldest tourist attraction and can still be seen today at Big Tree Park in Seminole County’s Spring Hammock Preserve near Longwood.
The City of Longwood has a strong business core which accounts for its daytime population of over 21,000. Some of the top employers include South Seminole Hospital, apart from the Orlando Health system, UPS, FedEx, Collis Roofing, Comprehensive Energy Services, and Pemberton Attachments. A number of business and industrial parks, including the Florida Central Commerce Park, are home to numerous companies including award-winning business incubators.
In 2014 the City received recognition from WJXT Channel 4, an independent television station in Jacksonville, as 1 of the 4 safest places to raise a family in Florida. Most recently Bestplaces.net named Longwood as one of the top 10 best places to live in Florida, the 2015 Niche Rankings has Longwood as the 9th best suburb in Florida to raise a family and Nerdwallet ranked Longwood as the “7th Best Florida City to Start a Business”. Most recently, Neighborhood Scout ranked Longwood as the second-best city in the state of Florida for families with children.