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Osceola County, Florida
Seal of Osceola County, Florida
Map
Map of Florida highlighting Osceola County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the USA highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded May 12, 1887
Seat Kissimmee
Largest City Kissimmee
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,506 sq mi (3,901 km²)
1,327 sq mi (3,437 km²)
178 sq mi (461 km²), 11.9%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

323,993
244/sq mi (94.3/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.osceola.org/
Named for: Osceola
County flag Flag of Osceola County, Florida

Osceola County (/ɒsiˈlə/, o-si-OH-lə) is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 268,685. Its county seat is Kissimmee.

Osceola County is included in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology

Osceola County is named for the Indian leader Osceola, whose name means "Black Drink Cry [Asi Yaholo]".

History

Osceola County was created in 1887. On July 21, 1821, Florida was divided into two counties, named Escambia County to the west and St. John's County to the east. In 1824, the southern part of St. John's County became Mosquito County, with Enterprise as the county seat. In 1844, Brevard County was carved out from Mosquito County. When Florida became a state in 1845, Mosquito County was renamed Orange County. On May 12, 1887, Osceola was named a county, having been created from both Orange and Brevard Counties. Osceola County reached all the way down to Lake Okeechobee until 1917 when Okeechobee County was formed.

Since the late 20th century, Osceola County has experienced a significant influx of migrants from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the unincorporated territory of the United States, and in the 2000 U.S. Census Puerto Rican was the largest self-reported ancestry group.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,506 square miles (3,900 km2), of which 1,327 square miles (3,440 km2) is land and 178 square miles (460 km2) (11.9%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Transportation

Airports

  • Kissimmee Gateway Airport

Major highways

  • I-4.svg Interstate 4
  • Florida's Turnpike shield.png Florida's Turnpike
  • Toll Florida 417.svg State Road 417
  • Toll Florida 429.svg State Road 429
  • Osceola County Road 522 FL.svg Osceola Parkway
  • US 441.svg US 441
  • US 17.svg/US 92.svg US 17/92 (Orange Blossom Trail)
  • US 192.svg US 192
  • County 15.svg CR 15
  • Florida 60.svg SR 60
  • John Young Parkway

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 3,133
1900 3,444 9.9%
1910 5,507 59.9%
1920 7,195 30.7%
1930 10,699 48.7%
1940 10,119 −5.4%
1950 11,406 12.7%
1960 19,029 66.8%
1970 25,267 32.8%
1980 49,287 95.1%
1990 107,728 118.6%
2000 172,493 60.1%
2010 268,685 55.8%
Est. 2015 323,993 87.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2012, there were 287,416 people, and 92,526 households residing in the county. The population density was 203 people per square mile (50/km²). There were 128,170 housing units at an average density of 60 per square mile (21/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 38.2% Non-Hispanic White, 13.0% Non-Hispanic Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, and 2.5% from two or more races. 47.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race, majority of which are Puerto Ricans, who account for 25.0% of the population and are the largest ancestral group in the county.

36.72% of the county population is affiliated with a religious congregation. There are 206 religious congregations in the county. 15.87% are Catholic; 1.22% are Mormons; 4.83% are Baptist, 3.53% are Pentecostal, 7.92% are members of other Christian faiths, 0.05% are Jewish, 0.18% affiliate with an eastern faith, and 3.12% affilitate with Islam.

There were 60,977 households out of which 36.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 12.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 19.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 31.00% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,214, and the median income for a family was $44,061. Males had a median income of $30,034 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,536. About 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.70% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Other inincorporated communities

Planned development

Currently, a new suburb is planned in Osceola County called Destiny. If completely built, it would house up to 240,000 residents.

Special districts


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