Lake County, Florida
|Lake County, Florida|
Old Lake County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Florida
Florida's location within the U.S.
|Founded||May 27, 1887|
|• Total||1,157 sq mi (2,997 km2)|
|• Land||938 sq mi (2,429 km2)|
|• Water||219 sq mi (567 km2), 18.9%|
|• Density||369/sq mi (142/km2)|
|Congressional districts||6th, 11th, 15th|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC−5/−4|
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Education
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Communities
- 8 Notable people
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
In the 1800s, the two main industries in the area were growing cotton and breeding cattle. In the latter part of the 19th century, people started to grow citrus trees. Throughout the 1940s and 50s, citrus production increased and grew into the area's leading industry.
National protected areas
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 210,528 people, 88,413 households, and 62,507 families residing in the county. The population density was 221 people per square mile (85/km²). There were 102,830 housing units at an average density of 108 per square mile (42/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.46% White, 8.31% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.88% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 5.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 88,413 households out of which 23.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.75.
In the county, the population was spread out with 20.30% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 26.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,903, and the median income for a family was $42,577. Males had a median income of $31,475 versus $23,545 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,199. About 6.90% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.80% of those under age 18 and 6.30% of those age 65 or over.
In the Florida Senate, Lake County is represented by Senators Dennis Baxley (R-FL12), and Kelli Stargel (R-FL22) . In the Florida House, Lake County is represented by Florida Representatives Jennifer Sullivan (R-FL31), the vacant (FL32), and Brett Hage (R-FL33).
Lake County has five Constitutional Officers: Gary Cooney (Clerk of the Court and Comptroller), Peyton Grinnell (Sheriff), Cary Baker (Property Appraiser), David Jordan (Tax Collector), and Alan Hays (Supervisor of Elections), and five County Commissioners: Tim Sullivan (R-District 1), Sean Parks (R-District 2), Wendy Breeden (R-District 3), Leslie Campione (R-District 4), and Josh Blake (R-District 5).
The Lake County Library System is made up of 6 branch libraries and 9 municipal libraries:
- Astor County Library: located at 54905 Alco Road, Astor, FL 32102 
- Cagan Crossings Community Library: Built in 2008; Location: 16729 Cagan Oaks, Clermont, FL 34714
- Cooper Memorial Library: The Cooper Memorial Library's history began in 1905 when a traveling salesman stopped by a boarding house run by the Benjamin McCain family and promised to donate enough books to start a town library if he was able to sell his Chautauqua lectures. Money was contributed, but very few lectures occurred, and books were never donated. Money that was to be used for the final payment for the lecture series was instead used to start a library. The first librarian of the library was Ms. Payson Pierce, who offered her own home for book storage as well as opened her home to the public. In 1914, a permanent structure was built. Women of the Library Club supported the library until 1936 when the Clermont City Council agreed to maintain it. In 2002, Cooper Memorial became a branch of the Lake County Library System. 
- East Lake County Library: located at 31340 S. County Road 437, Sorrento, FL 32776
- Fruitland Park Library: First began in 1916 from the donation of books from the Bosanquet and Dwight families.  Twenty years later, under the joint support of the women of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, and the Community Methodist Church, it became a community library. In 1970 Fruitland Park Library employed its first salaried librarian.
- Helen Lehmann Memorial Library: located at 17435 Fifth St., Montverde, FL 34756
- Lady Lake Public Library: located at 225 W. Guava St., Lady Lake, FL 32159 
- Leesburg Public Library: located at 100 E. Main St., Leesburg, FL 34748 
- Marianne Beck Memorial Library: The Marianne Beck Memorial Library began in 1989 as an Eagle Scout project in a former carport in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. The local community raised $50,000 to remodel a former convenience store that was purchased by the town for the new library. 
- Marion Baysinger Memorial Library: located at 756 W. Broad St., Groveland, FL 34736
- Minneola Schoolhouse Library: located at 100 S. Main Ave., Minneola, FL 34715 
- Paisley County Library: located at 24954 County Road 42, Paisley, FL 32767
- Tavares Public Library: located at 314 N. New Hampshire, Tavares, FL 32778 
- Umatilla Public Library: located at 412 Hatfield Dr., Umatilla, FL 32784 
- W.T. Bland Public Library: located at 1995 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora, FL 32757  
Lake County has voted Republican in U. S. Presidential races since 1948.
2018 General Election Results
Voter turnout: 66.22%
United States Senator: Rick Scott (R) defeated Bill Nelson (D) 60.4% to 39.6%. U.S. Representative District 6: Michael Waltz (R) defeated Nancy Soderberg (D) 63.1% to 36.9%. U.S. Representative District 11: Daniel Webster (R) defeated Dana Cottrell (D) 64.3% to 35.7%. U.S. Representative District 15: Ross Spano (R) defeated Kristen Carlson (D) 51.7% to 48.3%. Governor: Ron DeSantis (R) defeated Andrew Gillum (D) 59.7% to 38.9%.
Data comes from the Lake County Supervisor of Elections.
|Party||Number of Registered Voters||%|
There are a number of public schools in the county.
The following colleges are located in the county:
- Florida's Turnpike runs north and south from Southeastern and Central Florida. Three interchanges exist in the county; US 27/SR 19 (Exit 285), southbound US 27 (Exit 289) and the more recently built County Road 470 (Exit 296).
- US 27 is the main local road through western Lake County, running south to north. It spans from Four Corners to The Villages.
- US 441 is another south to north US highway running through Mount Dora from Orange County around Lake Dora, where it merges with SR 44, has a wrong-way concurrency with SR 19 in Tavares, and lets go of SR 44 in Leesburg only to join US 27 as they both head into Marion County.
- SR 19 is a mostly scenic north and south road from SR 50 in Groveland through Tavares, Eustis, and Ocala National Forest.
- SR 33 is the north-south road from Lakeland in Polk County to Groveland. A county extension exists as a hidden route along SR 50 to Mascotte, where it becomes an exposed county road leading to US 27 in Okahumpka.
- SR 40 is the northernmost east-west route in Lake County, and runs through Ocala National Forest.
- SR 44 runs east and west through Central Lake County from west of Leesburg where it joins southbound US 441 until it breaks away near Mount Dora and heads northeast into Volusia County.
- SR 46 starts at an interchange with US 441 and County Road 46 in Mount Dora and through Sorrento and Mount Plymouth along the northern border of Orange County.
- SR 50 is the main east-west road through southern Lake County.
Other unincorporated communities
- Flora Call and Elias Disney were married January 1, 1888, in the Lake County town of Kismet. They were the parents of Walt Disney.
- Annie Oakley
- The Groveland Four Earnest Thomas, Charles Greenlee, Samuel Shepherd and Walter Irvin, who were falsely accused of raping a 17-year-old white woman and assaulting her husband.
- Randy Rhoads. American heavy metal guitarist killed in a plane crash in Leesburg on Friday March 19, 1982. played in the Ozzy Osbourne solo band following his tenure in Quiet Riot.
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- "Region III – Correctional Facility Office Archived 2008-06-13 at the Wayback Machine." Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved on January 8, 2010.
- "Lake Correctional Institution." Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved on January 8, 2010.
- Bloodsworth, Doris. A Library Love Affair: How the Love of Books Helped Shape the History of Clermont, Florida. Florida Libraries. Vol. 53, No. 2, Fall 2010. pp. 4-6.
- Marianne Beck Memorial Library. https://www.howey.org/library. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
- Lake County Library System. Online, available: https://www.mylakelibrary.org/
- Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
- Department, Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Communications. "Welcome – Lake County Supervisor of Elections". www.lakevotes.com. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
- Show, Christine (November 22, 2008). "Tavares keeps it simple in naming seaplane base". Orlando Sentinel.
- "Tavares Seaplane Base & Marina". City of Tavares. Archived from the original on 17 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
- Mid Florida Air Services Airport
- "Walt Disney by Neal Gabler – eBook – Random House – Read an Excerpt". Random House. 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
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