Lake Placid, Florida

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Lake Placid
Official logo of Lake Placid
Nickname(s): The Caladium Capital of the World,
Town of Murals
Location in Highlands County and the state of Florida
Location in Highlands County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°17′47″N 81°21′53″W / 27.29639°N 81.36472°W / 27.29639; -81.36472Coordinates: 27°17′47″N 81°21′53″W / 27.29639°N 81.36472°W / 27.29639; -81.36472
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Highlands
Settled 1912
(as Lake Stearns)
1 December 1925
(as Lake Placid)
6 June 1927
 • Type Mayor-council
(Strong Mayor)
 • Mayor John Holbrook
 • Total 2.84 sq mi (7.4 km2)
 • Land 2.57 sq mi (6.7 km2)
 • Water .27 sq mi (0.7 km2)  9.5%
Elevation 101 ft (31 m)
Population (1 July 2015)[3]
 • Total 2,164
  Census Bureau estimate
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33852, 33862
Area code(s) 863
FIPS code 12-38625[4]
GNIS feature ID 0285272[5]

Lake Placid is a town in Highlands County, Florida, United States. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the town's population as 2,164 on 1 July 2015.[3] It is part of the Sebring Micropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2006 estimated population of 99,349.[6]

The town has two nicknames—"Town of Murals" and "The Caladium Capital of the World." Lake Placid has more than 40 murals painted on buildings throughout the town,[7] and 98 percent of the world's caladium bulbs come from Lake Placid.[8]


Lake Placid, which was formerly called Lake Stearns, was chartered on December 1, 1925. Dr. Melvil Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System, and the founder of the Lake Placid Club in Lake Placid, New York, proposed that Lake Stearns change its name to Lake Placid. On April 29, 1927 the Lake Stearns Commissioners accepted Dr. Dewey's proposal to change the town's name from Lake Stearns to Lake Placid. Subsequently, they submitted a request to the Florida State Legislature. On June 6, 1927 the Town of Lake Stearns was chartered as Lake Placid.


Lake Placid is located at 27°17′47″N 81°21′53″W / 27.29639°N 81.36472°W / 27.29639; -81.36472 (27.296252, -81.364817).[9] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.84 square miles (7.4 km2), of which 2.57 square miles (6.7 km2) is land and .27 square miles (0.7 km2) (9.51%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 582
1940 340 −41.6%
1950 417 22.6%
1960 1,007 141.5%
1970 656 −34.9%
1980 963 46.8%
1990 1,158 20.2%
2000 1,668 44.0%
2010 2,223 33.3%
Est. 2015 2,164 [10] −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,668 people, 646 households, and 395 families residing in the town. The population density was 650.2 per square mile (250.6/km²). There were 776 housing units at an average density of 302.5 per square mile (116.6/km²).

As of the 2000 Census, the racial makeup of the town was 76.38% White, 9.95% African American, 0.90% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 10.43% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30.46% of the population. In 2010 Lake Placid had a population of 2,223. The racial and ethnic makeup of the population was 46.1% Hispanic or Latino and of race limited to non-Hispanic person was 44.6% white, 6.7% black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander and 1.2% from two or more races.[12]

There were 646 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 17.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,178, and the median income for a family was $28,194. Males had a median income of $21,629 versus $14,650 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,855. About 22.7% of families and 34.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 55.2% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.



Lake Placid is located in a fringe viewing area; its television stations originate in distant cities. Local television services offer signals from WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando, WINK, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers/Naples, WFLA, the Tampa Bay area NBC affiliate, and WTVT, the Tampa Bay area Fox affiliate. There are no TV stations whose studios or broadcasting towers are located in Lake Placid.


Lake Placid is part of the Sebring radio market, which is ranked as the 288th largest in the United States by Arbitron.[13] There are no radio stations whose studios or broadcasting towers are located in Lake Placid.


Local print media include the weekly The Journal which has covered Lake Placid for almost 60 years; the News-Sun, a Sebring-based newspaper published on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday; and Highlands Today a daily local supplement to The Tampa Tribune.


  1. ^ "Town of Lake Placid Departments". Town of Lake Placid. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Florida by Place. Population, Housing, Area, and Density: 2000". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the population for the Incorporated Places of Florida" (XLS). US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007" (XLS). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-07-11. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Florida for Visitors: Lake Placid, Florida". Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  8. ^ Swanson, Yvonne (11 August 2007). "Caladiums please the eye". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  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 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ 2010 general demographic report for Lake Placid
  13. ^ "Ratings–Sebring Market". Arbitron. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 

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