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Okeechobee County, Florida
Seal of Okeechobee County, Florida
Map
Map of Florida highlighting Okeechobee County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the USA highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded May 8, 1915
Seat Okeechobee
Largest City Okeechobee
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

892 sq mi (2,310 km²)
769 sq mi (1,992 km²)
123 sq mi (319 km²), 13.8%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

39,469
52/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.okeechobee.fl.us
Named for: Lake Okeechobee

Okeechobee County (US /kiˈbi/) is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,996. The county seat is Okeechobee.

Okeechobee County comprises the Okeechobee, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Port St. Lucie, FL Combined Statistical Area.

History

Okeechobee County Courthouse
The Okeechobee County Courthouse, constructed in 1926, is located in the County Seat, Okeechobee.
Okeechobee FL High School01
The Old Okeechobee High School, now the Freshman Campus, built 1925

Okeechobee County was incorporated in 1917. It was named for the Lake Okeechobee, which was itself named for Hitchiti words oka (water) and chobi (big).

Historic buildings

Historic buildings in Okeechobee County include:

  • First United Methodist Church, 1924
  • Freedman-Raulerson House, 1923
  • Okeechobee County Courthouse, 1926

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 892 square miles (2,310 km2), of which 769 square miles (1,990 km2) is land and 123 square miles (320 km2) (13.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Points of interest

The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, runs along the Herbert Hoover Dike around the Lake.

Transportation

Airports

  • Okeechobee County Airport

Major highways

  • Florida's Turnpike
  • US 98
  • US 441
  • [[Template:Infobox road/FL/link CR|Template:Infobox road/FL/abbrev CR]]
  • SR 70
  • SR 78
  • SR 710

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1920 2,132
1930 4,129 93.7%
1940 3,000 −27.3%
1950 3,454 15.1%
1960 6,424 86.0%
1970 11,233 74.9%
1980 20,264 80.4%
1990 29,627 46.2%
2000 35,910 21.2%
2010 39,996 11.4%
Est. 2015 39,469 9.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2010, there were 39,996 people, 13,857 households, and 9,016 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 15,504 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.9% White, 8.6% Black or African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 1.2% from two or more races. 24.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2005 68.5% of the county population was White non-Hispanic, 21.6% of the population was Latino, 8.0% was African-American and both Native Americans and Asians constituted 0.9% of the population.

In 2000 there were 12,593 households out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 21.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county in 2000 the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 115.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.20 males.

In 2010 the median income for a household in the county was $36,929, and the median income for a family was $35,163. Males had a median income of $25,574 versus $20,160 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,553. About 11.80% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.90% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.

Libraries

Okeechobee County is part of the Heartland Library Cooperative which has 7 branches that serve Okeechobee county and some of the surrounding counties, including Glades, Highlands, Hardee, and DeSoto.

  • Avon Park
  • DeSoto
  • Glades
  • Hardee
  • Lake Placid
  • Okeechobee
  • Sebring

Communities

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City

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

  • Ancient Oaks
  • Barber Quarters
  • Basinger
  • Basswood Estates
  • Country Hills Estates
  • Deans Court
  • Dixie Ranch Acres
  • Duberry Gardens
  • Echo Estates
  • Everglades
  • Fort Drum
  • Four Seasons
  • Hilolo
  • Mildred
  • Oak Park
  • Okeechobee Little Farms
  • Quail Acres
  • Rookerville
  • Sherman
  • Taylor Creek Isle
  • Treasure Island
  • Viking Estates
  • Upthegrove Beach
  • Whispering Pines

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