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St. Cloud, Florida
City of St. Cloud
St. Cloud City Hall
St. Cloud City Hall
Official logo of St. Cloud, Florida
City logo
Nickname(s): 
Soldier City
Motto(s): 
"Celebrating Small Town Life"
Location in Osceola County and the state of Florida
Location in Osceola County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°13′50″N 81°17′7″W / 28.23056°N 81.28528°W / 28.23056; -81.28528Coordinates: 28°13′50″N 81°17′7″W / 28.23056°N 81.28528°W / 28.23056; -81.28528
Country United States
State Florida
County Osceola
Founded April 16, 1909
Incorporated January 3, 1911
Government
 • Type Council–manager
Area
 • Total 20.33 sq mi (52.65 km2)
 • Land 20.29 sq mi (52.55 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)  0.061%
Elevation
75 ft (23 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 35,183
 • Estimate 
(2019)
54,579
 • Density 2,689.81/sq mi (1,038.52/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
34769, 34771, 34772, 34773
Area code(s) 321, 407, 689
FIPS code 12-62625
GNIS feature ID 0290167

St. Cloud is a city in northern Osceola County, Florida, United States. It is on the southern shore of East Lake Tohopekaliga in Central Florida, about 26 miles (41.8 km) southeast of Orlando. The population was 35,183 in the 2010 census, and 54,579 in the 2019 census estimate. The city is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford metropolitan area.

St. Cloud was founded as a retirement community for Civil War union veterans, and gained the nickname "The Friendly Soldier City".

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 2,011
1930 1,863 −7.4%
1940 2,042 9.6%
1950 3,001 47.0%
1960 4,353 45.1%
1970 5,041 15.8%
1980 7,840 55.5%
1990 12,453 58.8%
2000 20,074 61.2%
2010 35,183 75.3%
2019 (est.) 54,579 55.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,074 people, 6,716 households, and 5,424 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,190.8 inhabitants per square mile (846.1/km2). There were 8,602 housing units at an average density of 938.8 per square mile (362.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.27% White, 2.07% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 4.10% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.36% of the population.

There were 7,716 households, out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,467, and the median income for a family was $41,211. Males had a median income of $30,955 versus $22,414 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,031. About 6.2% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2010 the population of St. Cloud was 35,183. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 62.1% non-Hispanic white, 7.2% at least partly African American, 1.0% at least partly Native American, 2.5% at least partly Asian, 0.3% at least partly Pacific Islander, 0.4% non-Hispanic reporting some other race and 29.2% Hispanic or Latino. Puerto Ricans by themselves made up 18.7% of the population and were by far the largest Hispanic group.

The median age of St. Cloud's population was 36.8 years. 7.8% of the population was 65 or older. There were 12,565 households with 9,145 of them constituting families.

Education

Elementary Schools

  • Hickory Tree Elementary School (HTE)
  • Lakeview Elementary School (LVES)
  • Michigan Avenue Elementary School (MES)
  • St. Cloud Elementary School
  • Narcoossee Elementary School (NCES)
  • Harmony Elementary School (HCES)
  • Neptune Elementary School
  • Canoe Creek K-8 (Formerly Canoe Creek Charter)

Middle Schools

  • St. Cloud Middle School (SCMS)
  • Narcoossee Middle School (NCMS)
  • Neptune Middle School (NMS)
  • Harmony Middle School (HCMS)

High Schools

  • Harmony High School (HHS) (Although HHS is not within the city limits (about 15 miles east), students in the eastern part of city limits along with 1/3 of the south portion of the city attend this school)
  • St. Cloud High School (SCHS)

Parochial Schools

  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School (Pre-K through 8th)

Charter Schools

  • St. Cloud Preparatory Academy (Kindergarten through 9th Grade)
  • Creative Inspiration Journey School (Kindergarten through 5th grade)
  • American Classical Charter Academy (Kindergarten through 6th grade—opening 7th 2020, 8th 2021)
  • Mater Academy (Kindergarten through 8th grade)

Private Schools

  • St. Cloud Christian Preparatory School (Kindergarten through 12th Grade)
  • City Of Life Christian Academy (Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade)

Notable people

  • Dave Cianelli, former NFL football player and former lobbyist for Bethlehem Steel in Washington, D.C.
  • Sam Riggs, country music singer-songwriter.
  • The Supervillains, five-piece reggae band

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