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Lake Placid, Florida
Official logo of Lake Placid, Florida
The Caladium Capital of the World,
Town of Murals
Location in Highlands County and the state of Florida
Location in Highlands County and the state of Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Highlands
Settled 1912
(as Lake Stearns)
1 December 1925
(as Lake Placid)
6 June 1927
 • Type Mayor-council
(Strong Mayor)
 • Total 4.71 sq mi (12.21 km2)
 • Land 4.66 sq mi (12.07 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)  1.4%
Highest elevation
173 ft (53 m)
Lowest elevation
72 ft (22 m)
 • Total 2,360
 • Density 506.22/sq mi (195.47/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
33852, 33862
Area code(s) 863
FIPS code 12-38625
GNIS feature ID 285272

Lake Placid is a town in Highlands County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 2,223 and in 2018 the estimated population was 2,439. It is part of the Sebring Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The town has two nicknames: "Town of Murals" and "The Caladium Capital of the World". Lake Placid has 47 murals painted on buildings throughout the town, and 98 percent of the world's caladium bulbs come from Lake Placid. There are 14 caladium farms, spanning 1,200 acres, and these plants have been grown in the area since the 1940s. In 2013, Reader's Digest named Lake Placid America's Most Interesting Town.

The town is home to the Lake Placid Tower, a closed concrete block observation tower that is 240 feet (73 m) tall according to early sources or 270 feet (82 m) tall according to late sources. However, government sources exclude a 270-foot height, allowing only a 240-foot height.


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The Old Lake Placid Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Lake Placid, which was formerly called Lake Stearns, was chartered on December 1, 1925. Dr. Melvil Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System, and the founder of the Lake Placid Club in Lake Placid, New York, proposed that Lake Stearns change its name to Lake Placid. On April 29, 1927 the Lake Stearns Commissioners accepted Dr. Dewey's proposal to change the town's name from Lake Stearns to Lake Placid. Subsequently, they submitted a request to the Florida State Legislature. On June 6, 1927 the Town of Lake Stearns was chartered as Lake Placid.


Lake Placid is located at 27°17′47″N 81°21′53″W / 27.29639°N 81.36472°W / 27.29639; -81.36472 (27.296252, -81.364817). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.84 square miles (7.4 km2), of which 2.57 square miles (6.7 km2) is land and .27 square miles (0.7 km2) (9.51%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 582
1940 340 −41.6%
1950 417 22.6%
1960 1,007 141.5%
1970 656 −34.9%
1980 963 46.8%
1990 1,158 20.2%
2000 1,668 44.0%
2010 2,223 33.3%
2020 2,360 6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,223 people, 841 households, 490 family households, and 1,040 housing units in the town.

The racial makeup of the town was 69.6% White, 7.1% Black and African American, 0.4% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 18.9% Some Other Race, and 2.7% from Two or More Races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 46.1% of the population.

There were 841 households, of which 58.3% were family households – with one or more people related to the householder or related to one of a same-sex couple by birth, marriage or adoption; and 41.7% were nonfamily households – including same-sex couples with no other relatives. Family households included 29.0% with their own children under 18 years, 37.0% were a husband-wife family, 6.4% were a male householder with no wife present, 14.9% were a female householder with no husband present. Nonfamily households consisted of 12.2% males living alone – 5.8% 65 years and older – and 19.7% females living alone – 19.7% 65 years and older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.21. The median age of the population was 34.4 years.

From the 2016 American Community Survey, the population was spread out, with 10% under 5 years old, 15.3% from 5 to 14, 45.2% from 15 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older (significant margins of error causes total to exceed 100%). The sex ratio was 106.3 males per 100 females. The educational attainment of the population who were a high school graduate or higher was 59.2%, while 12.3% had a bachelor's degree or higher. The poverty rate of the population 25 years and older was 61.0% if less than a high school graduate, 52.2% if a high school graduate, 26.8% with some college, and 13.4% with a bachelor's degree or higher. The median earnings of the population 25 years and over during the past 12 months was $14,938, consisting of $10,625 if less than a high school graduate, $15,187 if a high school graduate, $18,988 with some college, and $147,961 with a bachelor's degree. The per capita income was $17,318. 54.7% of all people had incomes below the poverty level. All figures from the survey had significant margins of error.

Notable people

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