Oviedo, Florida

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Oviedo, Florida
The Wheeler-Evans House
The Wheeler-Evans House
Official seal of Oviedo, Florida
Motto: "Growing in the right direction"[1]
Location in Seminole County and the state of Florida
Location in Seminole County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°39′35″N 81°11′45″W / 28.65972°N 81.19583°W / 28.65972; -81.19583Coordinates: 28°39′35″N 81°11′45″W / 28.65972°N 81.19583°W / 28.65972; -81.19583
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Seminole
 • Mayor Dominic Persampiere
 • City manager Bryan Cobb
 • Total 15.4 sq mi (40 km2)
 • Land 15.2 sq mi (39.4 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 48 ft (14.6 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 33,342
 • Density 2,192.3/sq mi (846.5/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 32762, 32765, 32766
Area code(s) 407, 321
FIPS code 12-53575[2]
GNIS feature ID 0288305[3]
Website City of Oviedo, Florida Website

Oviedo is a city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 33,342, representing an increase of 7,026 (26.7%) from the 26,316 counted in the 2000 Census.[4] It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area. Oviedo is known for its historic houses and buildings, as well as its population of chickens that roam the downtown area. Although the city has historically been rural, in recent years it has had an influx of new developments to support its rapid growth, due to its proximity to both the University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Research Park. Several national publications have placed Oviedo on their nationally-ranked lists as one of the best places to live in the US.[5] [6] [7]


In the late 1870s, individuals living a couple miles south of Lake Jesup needed an easily accessible post office in the Florida back country. Andrew Aulin, an early settler and shop-owner, decided to file paperwork for a post office; in his first site location report he needed a unique name, one that no other post office in Florida had.[8] Aulin liked having a Spanish name, "to go with the Spanish name of the state," and decided to name his post office location Oviedo after the city of Oviedo in northern Spain (the capital city of the Principality of Asturias) and the University of Oviedo.[8] Some say he visited the University, others say he just liked the sound, most agree he likely pronounced it "Oh-vee-Ay-Doh" rather than the Americanized way of "Oh-VEE-doh."


Oviedo is located at 28°40′13″N 81°12′30.5″W / 28.67028°N 81.208472°W / 28.67028; -81.208472.[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 40.0 km² (15.4 mi²). 15.1 square miles (39 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (2.07%) is water. Oviedo is located about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, Fla. by highway (SR 417 and SR 408). The Econlockhatchee River runs through the east part of the city, and a tributary, the Little Econlockhatchee River, runs through the southern part of the city.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,042
1940 1,356 30.1%
1950 1,601 18.1%
1960 1,926 20.3%
1970 1,870 −2.9%
1980 3,074 64.4%
1990 11,114 261.5%
2000 26,316 136.8%
2010 33,342 26.7%
Est. 2015 38,551 [10] 15.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 26,316 people, 8,556 households, and 7,178 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,738.9 inhabitants per square mile (671.6/km²). There were 8,977 housing units at an average density of 593.2 per square mile (229.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.55% White, 8.83% African American, 0.27% Native American, 2.42% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.62% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.19% of the population.

There were 8,556 households out of which 50.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 9.99% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.10% were non-families. 10.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.0% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 36.60% from 25 to 44, 18.50% from 45 to 64, and 5.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $77,489, and the median income for a family was $80,923. Males had a median income of $46,777 versus $30,757 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,831. About 3.30% of families and 4.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.70% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Awards and press[edit]

The city of Oviedo has received several accolades in national publications:

  • Oviedo was listed as one of the Top 10 Towns for Families in Family Circle's August 2011 issue.[12]
  • Oviedo was voted Best Places to Raise Kids in Florida in Businessweek for 2013.[13]
  • Oviedo was ranked #100 on CNN Money Magazine's Best Places to Live 2009 [14]

Historic downtown[edit]

Most of the buildings in the downtown historic area were constructed between the end of the 19th and early 20th century. The Nelson and Company Historic District, the R.W. Estes Celery Company Precooler Historic District, the First Methodist Church of Oviedo, and several houses in Oviedo are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[15][16] The nearby Oviedo Mall features murals of historic areas along with pictures of early European and African-American settlers in the area.

Route 434, which cuts through downtown Oviedo, is currently being widened and several buildings have been demolished. The Oviedo Preservation Project[17] has been tasked with photographing and documenting the buildings for posterity.

Although not located in the downtown area, the historic Lake Charm settlement is nearby. This settlement, established in the 1860s, became one of the first resorts in Florida. It lasted as a resort until the 1890s. Several winter homes built during that era still stand today.

New developments[edit]

In 2015, the city of Oviedo dedicated a brand new downtown development just south of the current "old downtown" along Oviedo Blvd. The new town center, named "Oviedo on the Park", is a mixed use development with townhouses, apartment homes, restaurants, and retail. It is centered around the new Center Lake Park with a man-made lake, large amphitheater, playground and Veterans Tribute.

A 64-bed hospital called the Oviedo Medical Center is slated to open in 2017. A new Emergency Room (ER) hospital, called Oviedo ER, was completed in 2014. Oviedo ER is a department of Central Florida Regional Hospital.[18] The Oviedo ER is located on the corner of Red Bug Lake Road and West Broadway.

The Oviedo Mall, a single-story indoor mall with a movie theater built in 1998, has recently undergone a large-scale renovation by its new owners, 3D Investments. BJ's Restaurant & Brewery[19] opened across from the Oviedo Mall in August 2014. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of the rock group KISS hosted a grand opening celebration for their new Rock & Brews in Oviedo in January 2015.[20]

Oviedo's new Gym & Aquatic Center features a waterslide, kid's water park, and a large Olympic-sized pool with multiple lanes. Oviedo's Riverside Park also contains a pool, but also in addition has tennis courts and a skate park.[21]

Oviedo also has a YMCA, golf course, county library branch, Little League, bowling/pinball center, a boating complex, and a nature nursery. Several large retailers in Oviedo include Target, Home Depot, and Lowe's amongst others.

Oviedo is also home to numerous housing developments including the established Whispering Woods, Aloma Woods, Remington Park, Carillon, Little Creek, Sanctuary, Kingsbridge, Riverside, Riverwind Apartments, Twin Rivers, and Bear Creek. It also has new subdivisions including the Oviedo Forest, Oviedo Gardens, Providence, Clayton's Crossing, Stratford Green, the Trails, and Live Oak Reserve.


Black Hammock Adventures is a complex that offers airboat rides and a display of live gators. Lukas Butterfly Encounter is also located in Oviedo. The Pinball Lounge, located in the Oviedo Bowling Center, has the largest concentration of pinball machines in the state.[22]

The "Oviedo Lights" is a local roadside attraction.[23] A mural dedicated to the phenomenon is painted on the wall of the local Tijuana Flats.

"The Rising"[24]

This annual event is held the last Saturday each October and invites the entire town to travel a 5K route that leads past 10 historic sites, then "enjoy a homemade pancake breakfast while watching an interactive performance from actors in costume portraying Oviedo's founders, who are back from beyond the grave for one magical weekend." This is a kid-friendly event not designed to be scary, but to educate people on the town's history.

Oviedo chickens[edit]

A chicken in Oviedo

Part of Oviedo's southern charm is the population of chickens that roam the downtown area. There are so many of them roaming the area that traffic often stops as they cross the roads. The chickens have been featured on Oviedo T-shirts and coffee mugs and a poster commemorating one of Oviedo's yearly festivals, "A Taste of Oviedo."

Contrary to what some believe, there are no specific laws or statutes surrounding the chickens, neither for their protection nor for their removal - the latter being something some residents would like to see due to the danger they pose with traffic in the congested town center. For others, however, the chickens add an element of fun.

There are City Ordinances that protect birds in the City Limits, the entire city is designated a bird sanctuary. Chickens are afforded the courtesy of protection under the code.[25]

The chickens were also the subject of a short documentary that was part of the Florida Film Festival 2009.[26]

There are also wild peacocks that roam the downtown area as well.


The city of Oviedo's public schools are a part of Seminole County Public Schools. Oviedo contains 6 public elementary schools (K-5); 3 public middle schools (6-8); and 2 public high schools (9-12). The city of Oviedo is also home to a branch of Seminole State College of Florida, the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary, and borders the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Carillon Elementary School
  • John Evans Elementary School
  • Lawton Elementary School
  • Marguerite Partin Elementary School
  • Douglas Stenstrom Elementary School
  • Joan Walker Elementary School (in Chuluota)
  • Partin Elementary School

Middle schools[edit]

  • Jackson Heights Middle School
  • Lawton Chiles Middle School
  • Tuskawilla Middle School (Close to the Oviedo/Winter Springs border)

High schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

  • The Master's Academy (Pk-12) (Christian)
  • St. Luke's Lutheran School (Pk-8) (Lutheran)
  • Teen Transformation Ministries (All Male) (Special Education) (Christian)
  • Tuskawilla Montessori Academy (3-12) (Secular)
  • Oviedo Montessori School (Preschool-1) (Secular)

Local publications[edit]

The Seminole Voice and The Seminole Chronicle (publication ceased in July 2014) are both print newspapers that cover Seminole County news, with a focus on the Winter Springs, Oviedo, and Chuluota areas of the county. The Oviedo Voice has covered Oviedo since 1993. The Oviedo Citizen is an online publication that has been covering Oviedo news since August 2008.

Weather events[edit]

Hurricane season of 2004[edit]

In August 2004, the northwestern side of Hurricane Charley passed directly over Oviedo while still a Category 2 storm.[27] More than half the city as well as much of the surrounding unincorporated areas had no power for 5 to 7 days. School was not in session county-wide for one full school week. The damages ranged from toppled oaks to destroyed homes. The worst damage was in Palm Valley, a mobile home retirement community less than a mile from UCF. Charley's damage in Oviedo is considered to be the worst in Seminole County history. Barely a month later, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne further battered the area resulting in additional damage and power outages, but they did not reach the level of Charley's fury.

Tropical Storm Fay[edit]

Tropical Storm Fay hung over Oviedo for days during 2008 with high winds, heavy rains, and flooded roads.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "City of Oviedo, Florida Website". City of Oviedo, Florida Website. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau - State & County Quickfacts - Oviedo (city), Florida". quickfacts.census.gov. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Top 10 Towns for Families". Family Circle. August 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  6. ^ "The Best Places to Raise Kids 2013". 
  7. ^ "Money Magazine Best Places To Live List 2009". 
  8. ^ a b Adicks, Richard; Neely, Donna (1992). Oviedo: Biography of a Town (2nd ed.). Oviedo, Florida: Richard Adicks and Donna Neely. p. 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". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Top 10 Towns for Families". Family Circle. August 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  13. ^ "The Best Places to Raise Kids 2013". 
  14. ^ "Money Magazine Best Places To Live List 2009". 
  15. ^ "NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES Listings September 28, 2001". Department of Interior. 2001-09-28. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  16. ^ "NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES Listings July 27, 2007". Department of Interior. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  17. ^ "The Oviedo Preservation Project". 
  18. ^ "Central Florida Regional Hospital Website". Central Florida Regional Hospital. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Oviedo to get BJ's Brewhouse". Seminolechronicle.com. 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  20. ^ "Rock and Brews Hosts Grand Opening". Centralfloridafuture.com. 2015-01-06. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  21. ^ "City of Oviedo Parks and Recreation". City of Oviedo official website. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  22. ^ "Pinball enthusiasts open The Pinball Lounge inside Oviedo Bowling Center". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  23. ^ "The Oviedo Lights". Weirdus.com. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  24. ^ "The Rising Run 5K – An Oviedo Tradition – It's a 5K. It's a Cemetery Tour.". 
  25. ^ Article I. Sec. 10-1 of Oviedo Code of Ordinances (1996). "City designated a bird sanctuary". Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  26. ^ titanicca37 (14 March 2009). "Oviedo Chickens Documentary" – via YouTube. 
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  28. ^ "Jenny Simpson". US Track & Field. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Jim Driskel". ESP College Football. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  30. ^ Clarke, Sara K. (2014-04-10). "Stuart Fullerton: Curator who founded 'Bug Closet' at UCF". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  31. ^ "Hal King Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  32. ^ Foerster, Robert (22 July 2013). "LCMS Convention Update - Monday, July 22nd". LCMS Eastern District. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 

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