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Orlando Metro Area

Including Orlando, Ocala, Winter Park, Kissimmee, Melbourne, Lake Mary, Sanford, Clermont, Longwood, Ormond Beach, and 72 other towns.

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Orlando is a city of about 255,000 people in Orange County (central Florida). However, the Orlando region is much larger, covering four counties and containing about 2.1 million people, making it the third-largest metro area in the state. Notable cities in the region include Ocala, Kissimmee, Winter Park, Melbourne, Clermont, Lake Mary, Ormond Beach, Sanford, and Longwood.

Though Orlando is known as a tourist mecca because of the presence of DisneyWorld and other theme parks in the area, it has a surprisingly diversified economy, with a significant banking presence.

There are more than 30 banks and 20 credit unions with headquarters in Orlando or the surrounding area. Notable institutions with headquarters in the region include Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union, Fairwinds Credit Union, Citizens First Bank, Central Florida Educators Federal Credit Union, and Reunion Bank of Florida. The First National Bank of Mount Dora, which was established in 1925, is the oldest financial institution still operating with headquarters in the area. There are a significant number of banks and credit unions with headquarters elsewhere that operate in the Orlando region, and overall, there are approximately 80 banks and 40 credit unions with a total of nearly 1,360 branches.

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HomeBanc (FL) Adds 21- And 31-Month CD Specials
Availability: Market area is Central Florida. In late December, HomeBanc, N.A. (HomeBanc) added two CD Specials: 21-month CD (1.50% APY) and 31-month CD (1.85% APY). The minimum opening deposit is
Wells Fargo Offers Easy $250 Checking Bonus
Availability: Nationwide Wells Fargo Bank (Wells Fargo) is offering a $250 checking account bonus for “new checking customers.” According to a CSR, "new" means new, as in "never, ever having
Special CDs In Florida: 1.50% 21 Month And 1.85% 31 Month
HomeBanc was advertising this at their branch: 1.85% APY 31-month CD 1.50% APY 21-month CD Minimum $10,000 Maximum $100,000 Checking account required with $1,500 minimum opening deposit
Regions Bank Offers $300 LifeGreen Checking Bonus
UPDATE 1/19/2017: The $300 bonus is no longer available. Availability: New checking customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Self-Help FCU (Easy Membership) Raises Money Market APYs
Availability: Easy membership requirement Earlier this week, Self-Help Federal Credit Union (Self-Help FCU) raised the rate on its Money Market account (1.03% APY, $500+; 1.13% APY, $500k+). The minimum opening
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