Pine Castle, Florida

Coordinates: 28°28′6″N 81°22′30″W / 28.46833°N 81.37500°W / 28.46833; -81.37500
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Pine Castle, Florida
Location in Orange County and the state of Florida
Location in Orange County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°28′6″N 81°22′30″W / 28.46833°N 81.37500°W / 28.46833; -81.37500
Country United States
State Florida
County Orange
Incorporated (town)February 26, 1925
 • Total2.69 sq mi (6.98 km2)
 • Land2.42 sq mi (6.26 km2)
 • Water0.28 sq mi (0.71 km2)
98 ft (30 m)
 • Total11,122
 • Density4,597.77/sq mi (1,775.27/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)407, 689
FIPS code12-56500[2]
GNIS feature ID0288827[3]

Pine Castle is a census-designated place and unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida, United States. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Initially settled in 1870, the town's development has been shaped by that of Orlando, approximately 5 miles (8 km) to the north. From just before 1882 the South Florida Railroad mainline,[4] which became part of the Plant System in 1893 and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1902, provided regular rapid passenger and freight service. The town officially incorporated in 1925, but later reverted to unincorporated development.[5] The population was 10,805 at the 2010 census.[6] Passenger trains operated by successor Seaboard Coast Line A Line from 1967 then Amtrak after 1971 bypassed the local depot, with nearest stops in Orlando and Kissimmee. Passenger rail service returned with the opening of SunRail's Sand Lake Road station in 2014.


Pine Castle is located at 28°28′6″N 81°22′30″W / 28.46833°N 81.37500°W / 28.46833; -81.37500 (28.468432, -81.374992).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.3 km2 (2.8 mi2), of which 6.8 km2 (2.6 mi2) is land and 0.5 km2 (0.2 mi2) (7.42%) is water.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8] Florida Department of Agriculture[9]
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,803 people, 3,130 households, and 2,228 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,297.3/km2 (3,364.5/mi2). There were 3,302 housing units at an average density of 486.6/km2 (1,262.0/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 68.78% White, 12.80% African American, 0.86% Native American, 2.58% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 10.24% from other races, and 4.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 35.60% of the population.

There were 3,130 households, out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 26.9% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $34,448, and the median income for a family was $37,969. Males had a median income of $25,908 versus $22,019 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,767. About 13.3% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.


The name "Pine Castle" has been associated with several industrial projects. In 1925, boat manufacturer Correct Craft founded its original factory in Pine Castle, before constructing a larger facility in 2006.[citation needed] In the mid-1940s, Bell Aircraft Corporation tested its X-1 supersonic rocket plane at Pinecastle Army Airfield, because of the area's then-remote location and 10,000-foot (3,000 m) runway.[11] The airfield, located 2 miles (3 km) southeast of Pine Castle, has since become Orlando International Airport.


The Pine Castle Christian Academy won state championships in three high school sports.[citation needed]

Pine Castle Elementary School was established in 1877.


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ An 1882 map of the Florida Central and Peninsular Railroad shows the Florida Southern Railroad completion south to Kissimmee.
  5. ^ "Pine Castle Pioneer Days, 1974".
  6. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Pine Castle CDP, Florida". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Florida Department of Agriculture (1906). Census of the State of Florida. Urbana, I.L.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  11. ^ "Dryden History - Historic Aircraft - X-1 Background". NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Retrieved September 25, 2012.