Osceola County, Florida
|Osceola County, Florida|
County courthouse in Kissimmee
Location in the state of Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
|Founded||May 12, 1887|
1,506.35 sq mi (3,901 km²)
1,321.90 sq mi (3,424 km²)
184.45 sq mi (478 km²), 12.24%
203/sq mi (78.47/km²)
Osceola County (pron.: //, o-si-OH-lə) is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 172,493. The U.S. Census Bureau 2010 estimate for the county is 268,685, making it the 17th fastest-growing county in the United States. Its county seat is Kissimmee.
On July 21, 1821, Florida was divided into two counties, named Escambia County to the west and St. John's County to the east. In 1824, the southern part of St. John's County became Mosquito County, with Enterprise as the county seat. When Florida became a state in 1845, Mosquito County was renamed Orange County. In 1844, Brevard County was carved out from Mosquito County. On May 12, 1887, Osceola was named a county, having been created from both Orange and Brevard Counties. Osceola County reached all the way down to Lake Okeechobee until 1917 when Okeechobee County was formed.
Since the late 20th century, Osceola County has experienced a significant influx of immigrants from Puerto Rico, and in the 2000 U.S. Census Puerto Rican was the largest self-reported ancestry group.
Osceola County is a Charter county, and an administrative subdivision of the State of Florida. Voters approved the County Charter in March 1992, and it took effect on October 1, 1992. The structure of County government under the charter does not depart dramatically from the structure of a County government outlined in the Florida Statutes.
Osceola County Government is governed by three sets of elected officials, each of which independently directs separate branches of County Government. These include: the five-member County Commission, five separate Constitutional Officers, and a number of Judicial Officers. Under State law, the County Commission is responsible for funding the budgets of all Osceola County Government, including the independently elected Constitutional Officers and Judicial Officers, as well as the Commission's own departments. Each independent officer has discretion to administer his or her own programs. The County Commission exercises oversight only over its own departments.
Osceola County has five electoral districts each represented by a commissioner. All the commissioners compose the Board of Commissioners that appoint a County Manager. There also is a Commission Auditor and County Attorney.
- Board of County Commissioners
- District 1 - Michael E. Harford
- District 2 - John Quinones
- District 3 - Brandon Arrington (Chairman)
- District 4 - Frank Attkinsson
- District 5 - Fredd Hawkins, Jr.
- County Manager
- Deputy County Manager
- Commission Auditor
- County Attorney
Constitutional Officers 
- Sheriff - Bob Hansell
- Property Appraiser - Katrina Scarborough
- Clerk of the Courts - Armando Ramirez
- Supervisor of Elections - Mary Jane Arrington
- Tax Collector - Patsy Heffner
- Public Defender -
- State's Attorney -
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,506.35 square miles (3,901.4 km2), of which 1,321.90 square miles (3,423.7 km2) (or 87.76%) is land and 184.45 square miles (477.7 km2) (or 12.24%) is water.
Adjacent Counties 
- Orange County, Florida - north
- Brevard County, Florida - northeast
- Indian River County, Florida - east
- Okeechobee County, Florida - southeast
- Highlands County, Florida - south
- Polk County, Florida - west
- Lake County, Florida - northwest
As of the census of 2010, there were 268,685 people, and 92,526 households residing in the county. The population density was 203 people per square mile (50/km²). There were 128,170 housing units at an average density of 60 per square mile (21/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 40.0% Non-Hispanic White, 12.8% Non-Hispanic Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, and 2.5% from two or more races. 43.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race, majority of which are Puerto Ricans, who account for 25.0% of the population and are the largest ancestral group in the county.
There were 60,977 households out of which 36.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 12.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 19.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 31.00% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,214, and the median income for a family was $44,061. Males had a median income of $30,034 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,536. About 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.70% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.
Current major highways 
Interstates and Tollways 
- Interstate 4
- Florida's Turnpike
- Central Florida GreeneWay (SR 417)
- Daniel Webster Western Expressway (SR 429)
- Osceola Parkway (CR 522)
Surface Roads 
- US 441 (Orange Blossom Trail/Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway)
- / US 17/US 92 (Orange Blossom Trail)
- US 192/SR 530 (Vine/Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway)
- SR 15 (Conway/Narcoossee Road)
- SR 60
- CR531A (John Young Parkway/Orange Blossom Trail (Bermuda))
Suburban Development 
Currently, a new suburb is planned in Osceola County called Destiny. If completely built, it would house up to 240,000 residents.
- Buenaventura Lakes
- Bull Creek
- Celebration, originally created by the Walt Disney Company
- Deer Park
- Yeehaw Junction
Special districts 
- Reedy Creek Improvement District (special taxing district created for Walt Disney World)
The School District of Osceola County, Florida serves the county.
Florida Christian College
- Hart Memorial Central Library
- Veterans Memorial Library, St. Cloud Branch
- Buenaventura Lakes Branch Library
- Poinciana Branch Library
- West Osceola Branch Library
- Kenansville Branch Library
- Narcoossee Library Annex
See also 
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Rohter, Larry (1994-01-31). "A Puerto Rican Boom for Florida - NYTimes.com". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-19.
- "File:Census-2000-Data-Top-US-Ancestries-by-County.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2010-02-19.
- Ocseola County Organizational Chart
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- American FactFinder - Results
- University of Virginia Library
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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- Osceola County Charter
- Osceola County Government / Board of County Commissioners
- Osceola County Supervisor of Elections
- Osceola County Property Appraiser
- Osceola County Sheriff's Office
- Osceola County Tax Collector
- Kissimmee Utility Authority (local power and Internet provider)
Library System 
Special Districts 
- School District of Osceola County
- South Florida Water Management District
- St. Johns River Water Management District
Judicial branch 
- Osceola County Clerk of Courts
- Public Defender, 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida serving Orange and Osceola Counties
- Circuit and County Court for the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida
- Kissimmee Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce
- Osceola County Guide
- Florida Association of Counties (FAC)
||Lake County||Orange County||Brevard County|
|Polk County||Indian River County|
|Highlands County||Okeechobee County|