The Wheeler-Evans House
|Motto: "Growing in the right direction"|
Location in Seminole County and the state of Florida
|• Mayor||Dominic Persampiere|
|• City manager||Kathryn Breazeale|
|• Total||15.4 sq mi (40 km2)|
|• Land||15.2 sq mi (39.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)|
|Elevation||48 ft (14.6 m)|
|• Density||2,192.3/sq mi (846.5/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||32762, 32765, 32766|
|Area code(s)||407, 321|
|GNIS feature ID||0288305|
|Website||City of Oviedo, Florida Website|
Oviedo is a city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 33,342, reflecting an increase of 7,026 (26.7%) from the 26,316 counted in the 2000 Census. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area.
- 1 Name
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Schools
- 5 Local publications
- 6 National publications
- 7 Oviedo Mall
- 8 Oviedo Hospital and developments
- 9 Chickens
- 10 Events
- 11 Weather events
- 12 Notable people
- 13 References
- 14 External links
In the late 1870s, individuals living a couple miles south of Lake Jesup needed an easily accessible post office in the Florida back country. Andrew Aulin, an early settler and shop-owner, decided to file paperwork for a post office; in his first site location report he needed a unique name, one that no other post office in Florida had. Aulin liked having a Spanish name, "to go with the Spanish name of the state," and decided to name his post office location Oviedo after the city of Oviedo in northern Spain (the capital city of the Principality of Asturias) and the University of Oviedo.  Some say he visited the University, others say he just liked the sound, most agree he likely pronounced it "Oh-vee-Ay-Doh" rather than the Americanized way of "Oh-VEE-doh."
Oviedo is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 40.0 km² (15.4 mi²). 15.1 square miles (39 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (2.07%) is water. Oviedo is located about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, Fla. by highway (SR 417 and SR 408). The Econlockhatchee River runs through the east part of the city, and a tributary, the Little Econlockhatchee River, runs through the southern part of the city.
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,316 people, 8,556 households, and 7,178 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,738.9 inhabitants per square mile (671.6/km²). There were 8,977 housing units at an average density of 593.2 per square mile (229.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.55% White, 8.83% African American, 0.27% Native American, 2.42% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.62% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.19% of the population.
There were 8,556 households out of which 50.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 9.99% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.10% were non-families. 10.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.31.
In the city the population was spread out with 32.0% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 36.60% from 25 to 44, 18.50% from 45 to 64, and 5.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $77,489, and the median income for a family was $80,923. Males had a median income of $46,777 versus $30,757 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,831. About 3.30% of families and 4.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.70% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.
The city of Oviedo's public schools are a part of Seminole County Public Schools. Oviedo contains 6 public elementary schools (K-5); 2 public middle schools (6-8); and 2 public high schools (9-12). The city of Oviedo is also home to a branch of Seminole State College of Florida, the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary, and borders the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
- Carillon Elementary School
- John Evans Elementary School
- Lawton Elementary School
- Marguerite Partin Elementary School
- Douglas Stenstrom Elementary School
- Joan Walker Elementary School (in Chuluota)
- Jackson Heights Middle School
- Lawton Chiles Middle School
- Tuskawilla Middle School (Close to the Oviedo/Winter Springs border)
- The Master's Academy (Pk-12) (Christian)
- St. Luke's Lutheran School (Pk-8) (Lutheran)
- Teen Transformation Ministries (All Male) (Special Education) (Christian)
- Tuskawilla Montessori Academy (3-12) (Secular)
The Seminole Voice and The Seminole Chronicle are both print newspapers that cover Seminole County news, with a focus on the Winter Springs, Oviedo, and Chuluota areas of the county. The Oviedo Voice has been servicing Oviedo for 23 years. The Oviedo Citizen is an online publication that has been covering Oviedo news since August 2008.
Oviedo was voted #100 in CNN Money Magazine's 100 Best Places to Live 2009.
Oviedo was listed as one of the Top 10 Towns for Families in Family Circle's August 2011 issue.
Oviedo is home to the Oviedo Mall which opened in 1998 as the Oviedo Marketplace Mall. The mall is anchored by 3 major department stores which include Dillard's, Sears, and Macy's. There is a food court, including Chick-fil-A, Subway, Sarku Japan, and Smoothie Bee. The mall has suffered from several new Orlando-area malls such as Waterford Lakes and The Mall at Millenia driving its consumer base away, and these days it is common to find the mall with a very low number of shoppers. But, Regal Cinemas 22 mostly enjoys full theaters, and according to the Regal Cinemas website some time ago, it is one of the most prosperous locations. Also, Gap, Gap Kids, KB Toys, the Food Court Playground, and American Eagle have all closed down and Foot Locker has condensed its mega store of Foot Locker/Kids Foot Locker and Women's Foot Locker, into one small store.
- Barnes & Noble (10,000 ft²)
- Dillard's (204,000 ft²)
- Macy's (191,000 ft²)
- Regal Cinemas-22 Screens (100,000 ft²)
- Sears (123,000 ft²)
Oviedo Hospital and developments
The city of Oviedo is currently planning a brand new downtown development just south of the current "old downtown" along Oviedo Blvd. The new town center will be a mixed-use development including town homes, single family living, apartment homes, restaurants, retail, and a planned amphitheater and Veterans Tribute. The Oviedo on the Park development is under construction having an official ground breaking ceremony in 2013.
A new hospital is under construction with a completion date anticipated in early 2014. The hospital is located on the corner of Red Bug Lake Road and West Broadway.
A Target, YMCA, Little League, bowling center, nature nursery, and a new Aquatics Center are located in Oviedo.
Oviedo is also home to numerous developments including the established Whispering Woods, Aloma Woods, Remington Park, Carillon, Little Creek, Sanctuary, Kingsbridge, Riverside, Riverwind Apartments, Twin Rivers, and Bear Creek. It also has new subdivisions including the Oviedo Forest, Providence, Clayton's Crossing, Stratford Green, the Trails, and Live Oak Reserve.
Part of Oviedo's southern charm is the population of chickens that roam the downtown area. There are so many of them roaming the area that traffic often stops as they cross the roads. The chickens have been featured on Oviedo t-shirts and coffee mugs and a poster commemorating one of Oviedo's yearly festivals, "A Taste of Oviedo".
Contrary to what some believe, there are no specific laws or statutes surrounding the chickens, neither for their protection nor for their removal - the latter being something some residents would like to see due to the danger they pose with traffic in the congested town center. For others, however, the chickens add an element of fun.
There are City Ordinances that protect birds in the City Limits, the entire city is designated a bird sanctuary. Chickens are afforded the courtesy of protection under the code.
The chickens were also the subject of a short documentary that was part of the Florida Film Festival 2009.
Oviedo has annual events such as the Taste of Oviedo, Oviedo Womans Club Great Day in the Country, Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce Taste of Oviedo, City of Oviedo 4 July Celebration and the Oviedo Historical Society Monthly Farmers Market held on the grounds of the Historic Lawton House.
The Oviedo Historical Society is located at the Historic Lawton House, 200 West Broadway, Oviedo and is open for tour on the 1st Saturday of each month along with the monthly Farmers Market and is also available for scheduled tours for any person, group, organization, civic group, school, etc. by visiting the web site at www.oviedohs.com
The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce holds annual events such as Kidstravaganza, Home and Hurricane Expo, Winter Springs Festival of the Arts, and many more. Visit The Homepage for more information on attending.
The GFWC Oviedo Woman's Club which was established in 1906 organizes the Great Day in the Country Arts and Crafts Festival. It is the largest festival in Oviedo with an estimated 65,000 in attendance for the November 2010 festival. There are more than 350 Arts and Crafts booths, Business Booths, Food Vendors, and two entertainment stages! The money the GFWC Oviedo Woman's Club raises from this festival is given back to the community as scholarships for local High School Students, grants to local schools and charities. Visit Great Day Oviedo for more information on attending, volunteering, or participating.
The Oviedo Citizens in Action organization (OICA) hosts a wonderful Martin Luther King Parade and Celebration at Round Lake Park.
The Oviedo Preservation Project (TOPP) sponsors an historical Cemetery tour every Fall and a Pancake Breakfast and Historical Walking Tour every spring.
Hurricane season of 2004
In August 2004, the northwestern side of Hurricane Charley passed directly over Oviedo while still a Category 2 storm. More than half the city as well as much of the surrounding unincorporated areas had no power for 5 to 7 days. School was not in session county-wide for one full school week. The damages ranged from toppled oaks to destroyed homes. The worst damage was in Palm Valley, a mobile home retirement community less than a mile from UCF. Charley's damage in Oviedo is considered to be the worst in Seminole County history. Barely a month later, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne further battered the area resulting in additional damage and power outages, but they did not reach the level of Charley's fury.
Tropical Storm Fay
Tropical Storm Fay hung over Oviedo for days during 2008 with high winds, heavy rains, and flooded roads.
- Blake Bortles - NFL quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Jennifer Barringer - professional runner and Olympian, current American record holder in steeplechase
- Talia Joy Castellano - Thirteen-year-old Internet celebrity, died from neuroblastoma and preleukemia.
- Jeff Driskel - Florida Gators quarterback
- Stuart Fullerton - entomologist, founder of the "Bug Closet" at the University of Central Florida
- Hal King - former Major League Baseball player
- Robert T. Kuhn - Past President of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
- Tom Rhodes - Comedian and actor
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- "Top 10 Towns for Families". Family Circle. August 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
- "The Best Places to Raise Kids 2013".
- "Oviedo Mall :: 1700 Oviedo Marketplace Blvd., FL, 32765 :: 407-977-2400". Oviedomarketplace.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
- "Oviedo to get BJ's Brewhouse". Seminolechronicle.com. 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
- Article I. Sec. 10-1 of Oviedo Code of Ordinances (1996). "City designated a bird sanctuary". Retrieved 2011-12-05.
- "Oviedo Chickens // Current". Current.com. 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
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- "Jenny Simpson". US Track & Field. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- "Jim Driskel". ESP College Football. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- Clarke, Sara K. (2014-04-10). "Stuart Fullerton: Curator who founded 'Bug Closet' at UCF". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- "Hal King Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- Foerster, Robert (22 July 2013). "LCMS Convention Update - Monday, July 22nd". LCMS Eastern District. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- City of Oviedo, Florida Website Portal style website, Government, Business, Library, Recreation and more
- City-Data.com Comprehensive Statistical Data and more about Oviedo
- Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Oviedo - Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce
- GFWC Oviedo Woman's Club
- Great Day in the Country Arts & Crafts Festival