Okeechobee County, Florida Article

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Okeechobee County, Florida
County
County of Okeechobee
Okeechobee County Judicial Center.jpg
The Okeechobee County Judicial Center, in Okeechobee
Seal of Okeechobee County, Florida
Seal
Map of Florida highlighting Okeechobee County
Location in the U.S. state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
FoundedMay 8, 1917
Named for Lake Okeechobee
Seat Okeechobee
Largest cityOkeechobee
Area
 • Total892 sq mi (2,310 km2)
 • Land769 sq mi (1,992 km2)
 • Water123 sq mi (319 km2), 13.8%
Population (est.)
 • ( 2015)39,469
 • Density52/sq mi (20/km2)
ZIP Code(s)34972, 34973, 34974
Area code(s) 863; 941|941
Congressional district 17th
Time zone Eastern: UTC−5/ −4
Website www.co.okeechobee.fl.us

Okeechobee County ( US: /kiˈbi/ [1]) is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,996. [2] The county seat is Okeechobee. [3]

Okeechobee County comprises the Okeechobee, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Miami- Fort Lauderdale- Port St. Lucie, FL Combined Statistical Area.

History

The Okeechobee County Courthouse, constructed in 1926, is located in the County Seat, Okeechobee.
The Old Okeechobee High School, now the Freshman Campus, built 1925

Okeechobee County was incorporated in 1917. It was named for the Lake Okeechobee, which was itself named for Hitchiti words oka (water) and chobi (big).

Historic buildings

Historic buildings in Okeechobee County include:

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 892 square miles (2,310 km2), of which 769 square miles (1,990 km2) is land and 123 square miles (320 km2) (13.8%) is water. [4]

Adjacent counties

Points of interest

The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, runs along the Herbert Hoover Dike around the Lake.

Transportation

Airports

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
19202,132
19304,12993.7%
19403,000−27.3%
19503,45415.1%
19606,42486.0%
197011,23374.9%
198020,26480.4%
199029,62746.2%
200035,91021.2%
201039,99611.4%
Est. 201640,314 [5]0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census [6]
1790-1960 [7] 1900-1990 [8]
1990-2000 [9] 2010-2015 [2]

As of the census of 2010, there were 39,996 people, 13,857 households, and 9,016 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 15,504 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.9% White, 8.6% Black or African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 1.2% from two or more races. 24.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2005 68.5% of the county population was White non-Hispanic, 21.6% of the population was Latino, 8.0% was African-American and both Native Americans and Asians constituted 0.9% of the population. [10]

In 2000 there were 12,593 households out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 21.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county in 2000 the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 115.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.20 males.

In 2010 the median income for a household in the county was $36,929, and the median income for a family was $35,163. Males had a median income of $25,574 versus $20,160 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,553. About 11.80% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.90% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.

Libraries

Okeechobee County is part of the Heartland Library Cooperative which has 7 branches that serve Okeechobee county and some of the surrounding counties, including Glades, Highlands, Hardee, and DeSoto.

  • Avon Park
  • DeSoto
  • Glades
  • Hardee
  • Lake Placid
  • Okeechobee
  • Sebring

Communities

Okeechobee County Florida 400px.png

City

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

  • Ancient Oaks
  • Barber Quarters
  • Basinger
  • Basswood Estates
  • Country Hills Estates
  • Deans Court
  • Dixie Ranch Acres
  • Duberry Gardens
  • Echo Estates
  • Everglades
  • Fort Drum
  • Four Seasons
  • Hilolo
  • Mildred
  • Oak Park
  • Okeechobee Little Farms
  • Quail Acres
  • Rookerville
  • Sherman
  • Taylor Creek Isle
  • Treasure Island
  • Viking Estates [11] [12]
  • Upthegrove Beach
  • Whispering Pines

Politics

Presidential elections results
Okeechobee County vote
by party in presidential elections
[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 67.99% 9,356 28.77% 3,959 3.24% 446
2012 59.25% 7,328 39.27% 4,856 1.48% 183
2008 58.89% 7,561 39.79% 5,108 1.32% 170
2004 57.24% 6,978 42.27% 5,153 0.48% 59
2000 51.32% 5,057 46.57% 4,589 2.11% 208
1996 34.38% 3,418 48.55% 4,826 17.07% 1,697
1992 35.20% 3,298 36.48% 3,418 28.32% 2,654
1988 60.79% 4,736 38.60% 3,007 0.62% 48
1984 66.65% 4,449 33.35% 2,226
1980 44.81% 2,783 51.98% 3,228 3.20% 199
1976 33.12% 1,598 65.99% 3,184 0.89% 43
1972 80.58% 2,581 19.39% 621 0.03% 1
1968 28.66% 862 18.02% 542 53.32% 1,604
1964 56.43% 1,316 43.57% 1,016
1960 35.93% 631 64.07% 1,125
1956 40.78% 575 59.22% 835
1952 37.96% 539 62.04% 881
1948 17.08% 179 74.81% 784 8.12% 85
1944 13.65% 119 86.35% 753
1940 12.92% 122 87.08% 822
1936 22.12% 186 77.88% 655
1932 10.09% 90 89.91% 802
1928 68.87% 657 30.08% 287 1.05% 10
1924 20.96% 57 66.91% 182 12.14% 33
1920 15.93% 58 65.11% 237 18.96% 69

See also

External links

Governmental

Non-governmental

References

  1. ^ "Okeechobee". Collins Dictionary. n.d. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  10. ^ Okeechobee County QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau Archived 2011-07-15 at WebCite
  11. ^ http://www.dep.state.fl.us/southeast/hottopics/Viking/Viking%20Main.htm
  12. ^ http://www.vikingestates.info
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-06-15.


OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA Latitude and Longitude:

27°23′N 80°53′W / 27.39°N 80.89°W / 27.39; -80.89