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Clermont, Florida
City of Clermont
Citrus Tower
Motto: "Choice of Champions"
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Flag of Lake County, Florida.png Lake
 • Total 11.5 sq mi (29.7 km2)
 • Land 10.5 sq mi (27.2 km2)
 • Water 1 sq mi (2.5 km2)
Elevation 307 ft (93 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 29,358
 • Density 2,553/sq mi (988.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 34711-34715
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-12925
GNIS feature ID 0280563

Clermont is a city in Lake County, Florida, United States, about 22 miles (35 km) west of Orlando and 22 miles (35 km) southeast of Leesburg. The population was 30,201 in 2013. The city is residential in character and its economy is centered in retail trade, lodging, and tourism-oriented restaurants and bars. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Clermont is home to the 1956 Florida Citrus Tower, one of Florida's first landmarks.


Clermont is at 28°32′51″N 81°44′58″W / 28.5475°N 81.74944°W / 28.5475; -81.74944 (28.547584, -81.749519).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (30 km2), of which 10.5 square miles (27 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (8.54%) is water.

Lake Sunnyside from FL 50 in Clermont, Florida
Lake Sunnyside as seen from high above eastbound SR 50, one of many lakes in Clermont.

The Clermont area lies on the northern part of the Lake Wales Ridge. There are rolling hills atypical of the Florida peninsula. Nearby are the Clermont Chain of lakes and Lake Apopka.


The annual average variations of various measurements are:

Rainfall 36.6 to 51.2 inches (930 to 1,300 mm); Snowfall is zero; 25.2 Precipitation Days 101 to 107; Sunny Days 205 to 236; Avg. July High 86.5 to 91.7 °F (30.3 to 33.2 °C); Avg. Jan. Low 20.8 to 48.8 °F (−6.2 to 9.3 °C); Comfort Index (higher=better) 28 to 44; UV Index from 4.3 to 6.3; Elevation 116 to 307 feet (35 to 94 m).

The town gets 51 inches (1,300 mm) of rain per year, more than the US average of 37 inches (940 mm).

On average, there are 236 sunny days per year. The July high is around 92 °F (33 °C). The January low is 49. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 28 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable.


Clermont was founded in 1884 and named for the French birthplace of the manager of the Clermont Improvement Company, A.F. Wrotniski. The city was incorporated in 1916.

The historic downtown district appearance has not changed much since 1962.


The population grew 207% growth from 2000–2010, with commensurate economic growth, attracting big box retail stores. In spring 2010, the Clermont Landings shopping center opened with 20 shops and restaurants and the city's first cinema. The increased pollution has affected the city's lakes and other natural resources.


Waterfront Park is located along Lake Minneola, The park includes picnic areas, a swimming area, fishing piers and a playground. There are rentals of paddleboards, kayaks and bicycles. A fitness trail that is part of a 30-mile system runs through the park.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 496
1930 1,086 119.0%
1940 1,631 50.2%
1950 2,168 32.9%
1960 3,313 52.8%
1970 3,661 10.5%
1980 5,461 49.2%
1990 6,910 26.5%
2000 9,333 35.1%
2010 28,742 208.0%
Est. 2015 32,390 12.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 28,742 people residing in the city in 11,216 households. The population density in 2000 was 812/mi² (314/km²). There were 12,730 housing units. In 2000 the average density of Clermont 380/mi² (147/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.69% White, 14.41% African American, 0.42% Native American, 4.19% Asian, 5.37% from other races, and 3.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.75% of the population.

21.28% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the city, the population was distributed with 20.1% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 24.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.


In 2010, 39.6% of the population identified with a religion. 12.7% were Baptist, 9.1% were Catholic, Methodist 3.6%, Pentecostal 2.4%, Presbyterian 2.1%, Lutheran 1.4%, Other Christian 4.1%, Others were under 1%.


The main roads through Clermont consist of State Road 50 and U.S. Route 27.

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