Okeechobee County, Florida

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Okeechobee County, Florida
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 state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded 8 May 1917
Named for Lake Okeechobee
Seat Okeechobee
Largest city Okeechobee
Area
 • Total 891.57 sq mi (2,309 km2)
 • Land 773.94 sq mi (2,004 km2)
 • Water 117.63 sq mi (305 km2), 13.19%
Population
 • (2010) 39,996
 • Density 52/sq mi (19.95/km²)
Congressional district 17th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.okeechobee.fl.us

Okeechobee County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,996.[1] The county seat is Okeechobee.[2]

The county comprises the Okeechobee, Florida Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

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[edit]

Historic buildings in Okeechobee County include:

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 887 square miles (2,300 km2), of which 769 square miles (1,990 km2) is land and 118 square miles (310 km2) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]


Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 2,132
1930 4,129 93.7%
1940 3,000 −27.3%
1950 3,454 15.1%
1960 6,424 86.0%
1970 11,233 74.9%
1980 20,264 80.4%
1990 29,627 46.2%
2000 35,910 21.2%
2010 39,996 11.4%
Est. 2012 39,467 −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] 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.[7]

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.

Municipalities[edit]

Okeechobee County Florida 400px.png

Incorporated[edit]

1. City of Okeechobee

Unincorporated[edit]

Library[edit]

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.

Location Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Avon Park Closed 10:30-6:30 9:30-5:30 9:30-5:30 9:30-5:30 9:30-5:30 Closed
DeSoto Closed 9:00-6:00 9:00-6:00 9:00-6:00 9:00-6:00 9:00-2:30 Closed
Glades 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 Closed Closed
Hardee 10:00-6:30 9:00-5:30 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-4:00 Closed Closed
Lake Placid Closed 10:30-6:30 9:30-5:30 9:30-5:30 9:30-5:30 9:30-5:30 Closed
Okeechobee Closed 9:30-7:00 9:30-7:00 9:30-7:00 9:30-6:00 9:30-5:00 Closed
Sebring Closed 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30 9:30-5:30 9:30-5:30 Closed

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Governmental[edit]

Non-governmental[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 U.S. Census, Okeechobee County, FL". United States Census. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12/12093.html Okeechobee County Quick Facts from the 2010 US Census
  7. ^ Okeechobee County QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau

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