Mount Dora, Florida

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Mount Dora, Florida
City
City hall
City hall
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°48′23″N 81°38′35″W / 28.80639°N 81.64306°W / 28.80639; -81.64306Coordinates: 28°48′23″N 81°38′35″W / 28.80639°N 81.64306°W / 28.80639; -81.64306
Country United States of America
State  Florida
County Lake
Area
 • Total 5.7 sq mi (14.9 km2)
 • Land 4.9 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)
Elevation 184 ft (56 m)
Population (2011)
 • Total 12,534
 • Density 1,542.0/sq mi (632.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 32756-32757
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-47050[1]
GNIS feature ID 0287215[2]
Website www.ci.mount-dora.fl.us
Railroad Station in c. 1920

Mount Dora is a U.S. city in Lake County, Florida. As of 2011, the United States Census Bureau estimates the Mount Dora population at 12,534.[3] It is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

A post office called Mount Dora has been in operation since 1883.[4] The community was named for Dora A. Drawdy, an early settler.[5]

Historic sites[edit]

The following are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Geography[edit]

Mount Dora is located at 28°48′23″N 81°38′35″W / 28.806519°N 81.642996°W / 28.806519; -81.642996.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15 km2). 4.9 square miles (13 km2) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it (14.58%) is water. Overlooking lakes Dora, Gertrude and Beauclair, Mount Dora is situated on a plateau 184 feet (56 m) above sea level. Despite the name, there is no mountain nearby.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 623
1930 612 −1.8%
1940 831 35.8%
1950 636 −23.5%
1960 790 24.2%
1970 974 23.3%
1980 1,250 28.3%
1990 1,432 14.6%
2000 1,635 14.2%
2010 1,680 2.8%
Est. 2014 1,789 [8] 6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 9,039 households, and 5,236 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,542.0 inhabitants per square mile (739.1/km²). There were 6,942 housing units at an average density of 941.6 per square mile (363.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.3% White, 19.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.7% of the population.

There were 4,123 households out of which 21.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 27.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,364, and the median income for a family was $46,394. Males had a median income of $30,993 versus $24,259 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,724. About 8.8% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.6% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Southern Technical College operates a campus in the city.

Events[edit]

Mount Dora Center for the Arts hosts the Mount Dora Arts Festival, a juried fine arts festival, on the first full weekend of February.

A bicycle festival is held annually in early October.

The Mount Dora Ghost Walk is a theatrical tour of the city.

Mount Dora hosts a craft show every Fall near the end of October.

The Plant & Garden Fair and Scottish Highland Festival are held in November.

Light Up Mount Dora is held after Thanksgiving.

Renningers Antiques Extravaganza's are held three times per year.

The Annual Music Festival is held the 3rd weekend in February.

Sail Boat regatta is held in April.

In fiction[edit]

It is also the setting for the classic post-apocalyptic novel, Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank, under the fictitious name of Fort Repose.

The buildings in downtown Mount Dora were painted pink for the feature film, Honky Tonk Freeway.[10]

Mount Dora is one of the settings in Steve Berry's action adventure thriller "The Columbus Affair".

Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich (1937), lived in Mount Dora during the 1930s and '40s. He lived in a large house called The Castle overlooking Lake Dora, with a swimming pool on the roof. It was torn down in the 1980s.

Twin towns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ U.S. Census Bureau
  4. ^ "Lake County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Lounsberry, Alyse (Jul 27, 1975). "Mt. Dora community named after relative of local woman". Ocala Star-Banner. pp. 7B. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ Clark, Alisson (May 10, 1999). "What's in a name?". Ocala Star-Banner. pp. 3C. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ Campbell, Ramsey (June 14, 1998). "Mount Dora Gets Good Reviews By Starring In Movies". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 7 June 2015.