Weeki Wachee, Florida
|Weeki Wachee, Florida|
US 19, SR 50 and CR 550 intersect at Weeki Wachee Springs and Buccaneer Bay
Location in Hernando County and the state of Florida
|• Total||1 sq mi (2.7 km2)|
|• Land||1 sq mi (2.6 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||33 ft (10 m)|
|• Density||12/sq mi (4.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0295700|
Weeki Wachee is a city located in Hernando County, Florida, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 12. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2004 estimates, the city continues to have a population of 12. The 12,000-acre (49 km2) Weekiwachee Preserve and the Weeki Wachee Springs park are located in the area. The park includes water rides, animal shows, mermaid costume shows, and manatee watching. The Weeki Wachee Gardens and Spring Hill, Florida communities are nearby.
Weeki Wachee is located at 28°30'56" North, 82°34'43" West (28.515445, -82.578565).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), of which, 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it is water. The total area is 1.92% water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12 people, 5 households, and 5 families residing in the city. The population density was 11.8 people per square mile (4.5/km²). There were 5 housing units at an average density of 4.9 per square mile (1.9/km²). All residents were White, as identified by the census; no one in Weeki Wachee was Hispanic or Latino, all though there is one Native American member of The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribe.
There were five households out of which two had children under the age of 18 living with them, two were married couples living together, three had a female householder with no husband present, and none was a non-family. No households in Weeki Wachee were made up of individuals, and none consisted of someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.40.
In the city the population was spread out with five under the age of 18, none from 18 to 24, two from 25 to 44, two from 45 to 64, and three who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every female there was one male. For every five females age 18 and over, there were two males.
The median income for a household in the city was $50,625, and the median income for a family was $50,625. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,022. Seven of the population and one third of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, all of those under the age of 18 and none of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
Weeki Wachee has two public schools which provide primary and secondary education to local children. Primary and Secondary Education
Public schools in Weeki Wachee are part of the Hernando County School Board school system, which oversees all public schools in Hernando County. The main public schools that serve the Weeki Wachee area are:
- K-8 Schools
- Winding Waters (Currently only K-5, it will add on a grade each year all the way to Grade 8)
- High Schools
- Weeki Wachee
Weeki Wachee Springs
Weeki Wachee Springs, the spring of the Weeki Wachee River, is a Florida tourist attraction where underwater performances by mermaids – women dressed in fancy outfits with fins about their legs – can be viewed in an aquarium-like setting. There are currently 15 female mermaid performers and 4 male performers. The attraction includes a Buccaneer Bay water park, animal shows, and boat rides. General Manager Robyn Anderson is also the town's mayor. The park is now an official Florida State Park and is owned and managed by the State Parks department. Other tourist attractions also include the tennis court where local tennis semi-pro, Michelle Zeiden, practices.
Deepest naturally formed spring in the U.S.
From May 22 until August 30, 2007, the discharge level at Weeki Wachee spring dropped to a level that allowed for cave divers to gain effective entry into the cave system at the spring. The Karst Underwater Research team successfully executed exploration dives and the necessary in-water decompression to explore approximately 6,700 feet (2,000 m) in multiple passages at an average depth of 265 feet (81 m) Fresh Water (ffw) with a maximum depth of 407 ffw.
In popular media
- In 2005, English rock band Supergrass filmed the video for their song "Low C" at the Springs. They filmed a short documentary about the spring, their playing at a local bar, and swimming with the mermaids.
- Canadian rock band The Elwins mention the city in their single "Stuck In The Middle" from their album And I Thank You.
- Tennis semi-pro, Michelle Zeiden, was the first female athlete from Weeki Wachee to make it to "the big leagues".
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Florida Springs Guide: Weeki Wachee Springs State Park". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
- "Weeki Wachee Spring". karstunderwaterresearch.org. Karst Underwater Research. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
- Neill, Logan; Anderson, Joel (2009-04-20). "Cave divers explore deepest parts of Weeki Wachee Springs". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Weeki Wachee, Florida.|
- Weeki Wachee Springs, official site
- Weeki Wachee Cave System
- National Geographic: "Mermaids" Fight to Save Florida Roadside Attraction