Clermont, Florida

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Clermont, Florida
City of Clermont
Citrus Tower
Motto: "Choice of Champions"
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°32′51″N 81°44′58″W / 28.54750°N 81.74944°W / 28.54750; -81.74944Coordinates: 28°32′51″N 81°44′58″W / 28.54750°N 81.74944°W / 28.54750; -81.74944
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Lake
 • Total 11.5 sq mi (29.7 km2)
 • Land 10.5 sq mi (27.2 km2)
 • Water 1 sq mi (2.5 km2)
Elevation[1] 307 ft (93 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 29,358
 • Density 2,600/sq mi (990/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 34711-34715
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-12925[3]
GNIS feature ID 0280563[4]

Clermont is a city in Lake County, Florida, United States, approximately 22 miles (35 km) west of Orlando and 22 miles (35 km) southeast of Leesburg. The population was 30,201 as of 2013. The city is residential in character and its economy is centered in retail trade, lodging, and food and beverage establishments, which are tourism oriented. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Florida Citrus Tower, one of the first constructed Florida landmarks, is located in Clermont. The tower celebrated its 50th anniversary in December 2006.[5]


Clermont is located at 28°32′51″N 81°44′58″W / 28.54750°N 81.74944°W / 28.54750; -81.74944 (28.547584, -81.749519).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (30 km2), of which 10.5 square miles (27 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (8.54%) is water.[citation needed]

Lake Sunnyside as seen from high above eastbound SR 50, one of many lakes in Clermont.

The Clermont area lies on the northern part of the Lake Wales Ridge. There are rolling hills atypical of the Florida peninsula. Nearby are the Clermont Chain of lakes[7] and Lake Apopka.


The annual average variations of various measurements are indicated:

Rainfall 36.6 to 51.2 inches (930 to 1,300 mm); Snowfall is zero; 25.2 Precipitation Days 101 to 107; Sunny Days 205 to 236; Avg. July High 86.5 to 91.7 °F (30.3 to 33.2 °C); Avg. Jan. Low 20.8 to 48.8 °F (−6.2 to 9.3 °C); Comfort Index (higher=better) 28 to 44; UV Index from 4.3 to 6.3; Elevation 116 to 307 feet (35 to 94 m).[citation needed]

The town gets 51 inches (1,300 mm) of rain per year. The US average is 37 inches (940 mm). Snowfall is 0 inches.[citation needed] The average US city gets 25 inches (640 mm) of snow per year.[citation needed]

On average, there are 236 sunny days per year. The July high is around 92 °F (33 °C). The January low is 49. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 28 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable.[citation needed]


Clermont was founded in 1884 and named for the French birthplace of the manager of the Clermont Improvement Company, A.F. Wrotniski.[8] The city was incorporated in 1916.

The Florida Citrus Tower was built in 1956.[5] The historic downtown district appearance has not changed much since 1962.[citation needed]


With a 207% growth from 2000–2010, the city has experienced concurrent economic growth, attracting big box retail stores. In spring of 2010 Clermont Landings opened with 20 new shops and restaurants and the first cinema. Growth has resulted in increased pollution. This has affected the city's natural resources, including its lakes.[9]


Waterfront Park is located along Lake Minneola, The park includes picnic areas, a swimming area, fishing piers and a playground. There are rentals of paddleboards, kayaks and bicycles. A fitness trail that is part of a 30-mile system runs through the park.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 496
1930 1,086 119.0%
1940 1,631 50.2%
1950 2,168 32.9%
1960 3,313 52.8%
1970 3,661 10.5%
1980 5,461 49.2%
1990 6,910 26.5%
2000 9,333 35.1%
2010 28,742 208.0%
Est. 2015 32,390 [10] 12.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 28,742 people residing in the city in 11,216 households. The population density in 2000 was 812/mi² (314/km²). There were 12,730 housing units. In 2000 the average density of Clermont 380/mi² (147/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.69% White, 14.41% African American, 0.42% Native American, 4.19% Asian, 5.37% from other races, and 3.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.75% of the population.

21.28% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the city, the population was distributed with 20.1% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 24.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.


In 2010, 39.6% of the population identified with a religion. 12.7% were Baptist, 9.1% were Catholic, Methodist 3.6%, Pentecostal 2.4%, Presbyterian 2.1%, Lutheran 1.4%, Other Christian 4.1%, Others were under 1%.[12]


Local education establishments for Clermont include Minneola Elementary School, South Lake Charter Elementary (also known as Imagine Schools at South Lake), Cypress Ridge Elementary School, Lost Lake Elementary, Clermont Elementary School, Clermont Middle School, Windy Hill Middle School, East Ridge Middle School, Lake Minneola High School, East Ridge High School, South Lake High School, Sawgrass Bay Elementary, Pine Ridge Elementary,and, Grassy Lake Elementary.

Lake-Sumter State College and the University of Central Florida have a joint-use campus in Clermont.

Personal income[edit]

The median income for a household in the city was $39,290, and the median income for a family was $48,216. Males had a median income of $36,240 versus $26,571 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,099. About 6.3% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

The income per capita is $24,952, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $45,980.


Population by occupation:

  • Management, Business, and Financial Operations 13.68% 13.61%
  • Professional and Related Occupations 17.31% 20.24%
  • Service 22.30% 14.75%
  • Sales and Office 27.17% 26.74%
  • Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 0.42% 0.74%
  • Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance 8.98% 9.48%
  • Production, Transportation, and Material Moving 10.13% 14.44%

The unemployment rate in Clermont was 10.30%, with a job growth of -3.40%.[citation needed][when?]

The Clermont sales tax rate is 7.00%.[citation needed]


South Lake Hospital is the regional hospital of south Lake County.


The city is essentially residential in character.[citation needed] The median home value in town is $227,510. Home appreciation was -21.40% during 2009.[citation needed]

Renters made up 23.21% of the population.[citation needed] 8.33% of houses and apartments were unoccupied (vacancy rate).[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]


The main roads through Clermont consist of State Road 50 and U.S. Route 27.


  1. ^ "USGS Map Name: Clermont East, FL Map MRC: 28081E6 Map Center: N28.55625° W81.71832° Datum: NAD83 Zoom: 4m/pixel". United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Population Estimates" (CSV). 2008 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b "The Citrus Tower". The Citrus Tower. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Clermont Chain of Lakes – South Lake County's Pride - Outside of Orlando". 
  8. ^ Morris, Allen (1995). Florida Place Names. p. 52. ISBN 978 1 56164 084 3. 
  9. ^ "Algae a threat to health of Clermont lakes". 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Religion". 2011-02-09. 
  13. ^ Dickinson, Joy Wallace. "'Winn-Dixie' author returns to Florida roots in new tale". Retrieved 2017-02-13. 

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