Highlands County, Florida

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Highlands County, Florida
Highlands Courthouse.jpg
Highlands County Courthouse
Seal of Highlands County, Florida
Seal
Map of Florida highlighting Highlands County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded April 23, 1921
Named for county's terrain
Seat Sebring
Largest city Sebring
Area
 • Total 1,106 sq mi (2,865 km2)
 • Land 1,017 sq mi (2,634 km2)
 • Water 89 sq mi (231 km2), 8.1%
Population
 • (2010) 98,786
 • Density 97/sq mi (37/km²)
Congressional district 17th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.hcbcc.net

Highlands County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 98,786.[1] Its county seat is Sebring, Florida.[2]

Highlands County comprises the Sebring, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Highlands County was created in 1921 along with Charlotte, Glades, and Hardee, when they were separated from DeSoto County. Highlands was named for the terrain of the county. Highlands County boasts the fifth-oldest population in America in 2012.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,106 square miles (2,860 km2), of which 1,017 square miles (2,630 km2) is land and 89 square miles (230 km2) (8.1%) is water.[3][4] In area, it is the 14th largest county in Florida. Highlands county is bounded on the east by the Kissimmee River. Lake Istokpoga, the largest lake in the county is connected to the Kissimmee River by two canals; the Istokpoga canal, and the C41 (outflow) canal.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 9,192
1940 9,246 0.6%
1950 13,636 47.5%
1960 21,338 56.5%
1970 29,507 38.3%
1980 47,526 61.1%
1990 68,432 44.0%
2000 87,366 27.7%
2010 98,786 13.1%
Est. 2013 97,616 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 87,366 people, 37,471 households, and 25,780 families residing in the county. The population density was 85.00 people per square mile (32.82/km²). There were 48,846 housing units at an average density of 47.5 per square mile (18.34/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.47% White, 9.33% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.14% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. 12.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2005 Highlands County's population was 73.8% non-Hispanic white, 15.1% Latino, 9.6% African-American and 1.2% Asian.[10]

In 2000 there were 37,471 households out of which 20.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.70.

In the county the population was spread out with 19.20% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 19.30% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 33.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,160, and the median income for a family was $35,647. Males had a median income of $26,811 versus $20,725 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,222. About 10.20% of families and 15.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 7.40% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

Highways[edit]

Airports[edit]

Government[edit]

Highlands County is governed by five elected County Commissioners and an appointed County Administrator. The administrator has executive powers to implement all decisions, ordinances, motions, and policies/procedures set forth by the Board. The FY 2013-2014 adopted budget of the county is approximately $123 million and the county employees over 350 people in 31 departments of the administration. Other organizations of the county include, the Clerk of Courts with about 75 positions, Sheriff's Office with about 340 positions, County Appraisers Office with about 30 positions, Tax Collectors Office with about 40 positions, and Elections Office with 5 positions. In all there are about 860 positions in Highlands County government.

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2008 58.4% 40.4% 1.3%
2004 62.4% 37.0% 0.6%
2000 57.5% 40.3% 2.2%

Libraries[edit]

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

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

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Town[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "GCT-PH1. Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  10. ^ "QuickFacts: Highlands County, Florida". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 

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Government links/Constitutional offices[edit]

Special districts[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

Tourism links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°20′N 81°20′W / 27.34°N 81.34°W / 27.34; -81.34