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Gotha, Florida
Location in Orange County and the state of Florida
Location in Orange County and the state of Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Orange
 • Total 1.93 sq mi (5.00 km2)
 • Land 1.72 sq mi (4.44 km2)
 • Water 0.21 sq mi (0.55 km2)
121 ft (37 m)
 • Total 2,217
 • Density 1,292.71/sq mi (498.98/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 407, 689
FIPS code 12-26900
GNIS feature ID 0283237

Gotha is a census-designated place (CDP) in Orange County, Florida, United States. Gotha is located between Ocoee and Windermere and had a population of 1,915 at the 2010 census, up from 731 as recorded by the 2000 census. It is part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the resting place of the famous painter Bob Ross.


The town of Gotha was founded in 1885 by German immigrant H. A. Hempel. Hempel Avenue, the "main street" of Gotha, is named in his honor. After buying 1000 acres, the majority of acreage still designated as United States Territory, he laid out a town and named it after his birthplace of Gotha, Germany. He then mailed promotional pamphlets to northern cities, advertising the warm climate and mild winters. In time, several German American families moved to and settled in and around Gotha.


Gotha is located at 28°32′N 81°31′W / 28.533°N 81.517°W / 28.533; -81.517 (28.5317, -81.5218).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.1 km² (2.0 mi²), of which 4.6 km² (1.8 mi²) is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) (10.20%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 1,915
2020 2,313 20.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 731 people, 249 households, and 210 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 160.4/km2 (415.5/mi2). There were 264 housing units at an average density of 57.9/km2 (150.0/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.78% White, 4.38% African American, 0.55% Native American, 3.56% Asian, 1.23% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.11% of the population.

There were 249 households, out of which 46.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.9% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.3% were non-families. 12.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 28.9% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $59,808, and the median income for a family was $76,286. Males had a median income of $42,143 versus $42,692 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $32,734. About 9.8% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.5% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Gotha is within Orange County Public Schools. Residents are zoned to Thornebrook Elementary School, Gotha Middle School, and Olympia High School.

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