Although the area was previously inhabited by native Americans, the town is named after Fort Maitland which was built in 1838 on the western shore of Lake Fumecheliga (later Lake Maitland) during the Second Seminole Indian War. After the war the fort was torn down, but a settlement remained. This settlement came to be called Maitland. After the civil war, the area was put into extensive citrus production. More recently, it has become a suburb of Orlando, FL. The area has always been a vacation spot because of its climate and people. The building of Walt Disney World in nearby Orlando, FL has continued this trend. Electronic Arts Tiburon, makers of the popular Madden NFL series and NCAA Football series series is located in Maitland.
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 12,019 people, 4,825 households, and 3,242 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,000.1/km² (2,589.1/mi²). There were 5,104 housing units at an average density of 424.7/km² (1,099.5/mi²).
There were 4,825 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.01.
Maitland is peppered with a number of lakes, including this converted retention pond, "Lake Lily."
In the city the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $57,945, and the median income for a family was $69,504. Males had a median income of $53,542 versus $30,256 for females. The per capita income for the city was $37,290. About 3.5% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.