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Umatilla, Florida
City hall
City hall
"Nature's Hometown"
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Flag of Lake County, Florida.png Lake
 • Total 4.27 sq mi (11.06 km2)
 • Land 3.59 sq mi (9.30 km2)
 • Water 0.68 sq mi (1.76 km2)
98 ft (30 m)
 • Total 3,685
 • Density 1,026.18/sq mi (396.26/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-73025
GNIS feature ID 0306530

Umatilla is a city in Lake County, Florida, United States. The population was 3,456 at the 2010 census and an estimated 3,805 in 2018. Umatilla is known as the Gateway to the Ocala National Forest, located in northern Lake County.


The city was named after Umatilla, Oregon. In 1998 it was the site of a Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak at the Golden Gem citrus plant.


Umatilla is located at 28°55′59″N 81°39′52″W / 28.93306°N 81.66444°W / 28.93306; -81.66444 (28.933134, -81.664430).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), of which 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (16.99%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 283
1920 640 126.1%
1930 907 41.7%
1940 1,149 26.7%
1950 1,312 14.2%
1960 1,717 30.9%
1970 1,600 −6.8%
1980 1,872 17.0%
1990 2,350 25.5%
2000 2,214 −5.8%
2010 3,456 56.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,214 people, 867 households, and 582 families residing in the city. The population density was 871.4 inhabitants per square mile (336.5/km2). There were 987 housing units at an average density of 388.5 per square mile (150.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.54% White, 3.52% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.95% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.93% of the population.

There were 867 households, out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.3% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,628, and the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $25,500 versus $21,741 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,739. About 7.2% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 17.9% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

The city offers many outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, camping and hiking. Nearby Alexander Springs which features a section of the Florida Trail, an unpaved hiking trail, 1300 miles long spanning the State of Florida from North to South.

Notable people

  • Al Hofmann, drag racer and drag car owner in the funny car division
  • Jonathan Lucroy, catcher for the Chicago Cubs
  • Willis V. McCall, sheriff of Lake County
  • Robert M. McTureous, Jr., recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Will Radcliff, creator of the Slush Puppie; owned a ranch surrounding Umatilla, which was donated to the state St. Johns River Water Management District upon his death
  • Dennis K. Stanley, professor and coach
  • Jaclyn Stapp, beauty queen
  • Julia Nesheiwat, United States government official
  • Howard Van Hyning, percussionist with the New York City Opera
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