Okeechobee County, Florida facts for kids
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|County of Okeechobee|
The Okeechobee County Judicial Center, in Okeechobee
Location within the U.S. state of Florida
Florida's location within the U.S.
|Founded||May 8, 1917|
|Named for||Lake Okeechobee|
|• Total||892 sq mi (2,310 km2)|
|• Land||769 sq mi (1,990 km2)|
|• Water||123 sq mi (320 km2) 13.8%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||52/sq mi (20/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
34972, 34973, 34974
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 in Okeechobee County include:
- First United Methodist Church, 1924
- Freedman-Raulerson House, 1923
- Okeechobee County Courthouse, 1926
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.
Points of interest
The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, runs along the Herbert Hoover Dike around the Lake.
- Okeechobee County Airport
- Florida's Turnpike
- US 98
- US 441
- CR 68
- SR 70
- SR 78
- SR 710
|U.S. Decennial Census
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.
- Avon Park
- Lake Placid
Other unincorporated communities
- Ancient Oaks
- Barber Quarters
- Basswood Estates
- Country Hills Estates
- Deans Court
- Dixie Ranch Acres
- Duberry Gardens
- Echo Estates
- Fort Drum
- Four Seasons
- Oak Park
- Okeechobee Little Farms
- Quail Acres
- Taylor Creek Isle
- Treasure Island
- Viking Estates
- Upthegrove Beach
- Whispering Pines
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