Hendry County, Florida

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Hendry County, Florida
County
Hendry County
Labelle FL crths01.jpg
The Hendry County Courthouse at LaBelle in 2010.
Seal of Hendry County, Florida
Seal
Map of Florida highlighting Hendry County
Location in the U.S. state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
FoundedMay 11, 1923
Named forFrancis A. Hendry
SeatLaBelle
Largest cityClewiston
Area
 • Total1,190 sq mi (3,082 km2)
 • Land1,153 sq mi (2,986 km2)
 • Water37 sq mi (96 km2), 3.1%
Population (est.)
 • (2015)39,119
 • Density34/sq mi (13/km2)
Congressional district25th
Time zoneEastern: UTC−5/−4
Websitewww.hendryfla.net

Hendry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,140.[1] Its county seat is LaBelle.[2]

Hendry County comprises the Clewiston, Fla. Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Hendry County was created in 1923. It was named for Captain Francis A. Hendry, a Florida cattle rancher, politician, and officer in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,190 square miles (3,100 km2), of which 1,153 square miles (2,990 km2) is land and 37 square miles (96 km2) (3.1%) is water.[3] The county borders Lake Okeechobee; the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail runs through Hendry County.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19303,492
19405,23750.0%
19506,05115.5%
19608,11934.2%
197011,85946.1%
198018,59956.8%
199025,77338.6%
200036,21040.5%
201039,1408.1%
Est. 201639,290[4]0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 36,210 people, 10,850 households, and 8,137 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 12,294 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 66.08% White, 14.75% Black or African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 14.67% from other races, and 3.22% from two or more races. 39.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.


In 2000 there were 10,850 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.44.

In the county, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 13.3% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 125.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 131.4 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,592, and the median income for a family was $34,902. Males had a median income of $25,896 versus $20,070 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,663. About 16.9% of families and 24.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.9% of those under age 18 and 15.0% of those age 65 or over.

2010 Census[edit]

In 2010 the population of Hendry Country was 39,140. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 34.9% non-Hispanic white, 13.4% black or African American, 1.7% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% non-Hispanic reporting some other race, 2.7% reporting two or more races and 49.2% Hispanic or Latino.[10]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Other
2016 55.40% 6,195 41.27% 4,615 3.33% 372
2012 52.42% 5,355 46.51% 4,751 1.07% 109
2008 52.94% 5,780 45.78% 4,998 1.27% 139
2004 58.90% 5,757 40.51% 3,960 0.59% 58
2000 58.32% 4,747 39.81% 3,240 1.87% 152
1996 43.32% 3,855 43.66% 3,885 13.02% 1,159
1992 40.91% 3,279 33.57% 2,691 25.52% 2,046
1988 65.70% 3,965 33.74% 2,036 0.56% 34
1984 69.15% 4,524 30.85% 2,018
1980 49.93% 2,703 46.97% 2,543 3.10% 168
1976 43.32% 1,843 54.94% 2,337 1.74% 74
1972 78.85% 2,763 21.09% 739 0.06% 2
1968 27.04% 900 23.76% 791 49.20% 1,638
1964 54.96% 1,650 45.04% 1,352
1960 44.38% 1,043 55.62% 1,307
1956 51.64% 1,071 48.36% 1,003
1952 46.60% 918 53.40% 1,052
1948 26.21% 340 53.89% 699 19.89% 258
1944 27.11% 347 72.89% 933
1940 23.36% 317 76.64% 1,040
1936 24.00% 234 76.00% 741
1932 19.27% 163 80.73% 683
1928 54.18% 337 42.77% 266 3.05% 19
1924 12.21% 21 76.74% 132 11.05% 19

Libraries[edit]

The Hendry County Library Cooperative has three branches:

  • Clewiston
  • Barron
  • Harlem

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Airports[edit]

Fictional references[edit]

  • In Carl Hiaasen's novel Skinny Dip, agribusiness executive "Red" Hammernut has his offices in LaBelle, and owns significant areas of farmland in the outlying county.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  10. ^ 2010 general demographic report for Hendry County
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-06-15.

External links[edit]

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Special districts[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

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Coordinates: 26°33′N 81°10′W / 26.55°N 81.17°W / 26.55; -81.17