Apopka is a city in Orange County, Florida. Apopka is often referred to as the "Indoor Foliage Capital of the World".
Apopka is a fast-growing city and is expanding in all directions. Most notable are the new Lowes and Home Depot DIY stores to the north of the city on US 441 in the location of the previous Dunn Citrus grove (the stretch of 441 which runs through the city is named after Fred N. Dunn). Other businesses on the former Dunn Citrus site include Staples office supply and a second Chili's restaurant.
Due to the fast-paced growth of the city, Florida Hospital Apopka has built a new hospital at 1901 Harmon Road. The John Land Apopka Expressway (Toll 414) opened on May 15, 2009, relieving some of US 441's traffic, taking the route from what is now the US 441 junction with SR 429, and then passing south of the city to rejoin US 441 at its junction with Maitland Boulevard South of the city.
Earth moving began in the summer of 2010 to further expand the expressway, including an extension of Toll 414, known as Wekiva Parkway, created a junction at US 441 and Plymouth Sorrento Road. Master plans take the Wekiva Parkway extension further north and then east connecting to Interstate 4 at Sanford.The expansion is scheduled to be completed in the next several years. It will then be the shortest route from I-4 to the Disney attractions.
Forbes Magazine named Apopka the "14th Friendliest City in America" in December 2012.