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Welcome to Osceola County
 
 
County Information
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
As of 2000, the population was 172,493. The U.S. Census Bureau 2006 estimate for the county is 244,045, making it the 17th fastest-growing county in the United States. Its county seat is Kissimmee.

Cities in Osceola County include Buena Ventura Lakes, Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Poinciana Place and St. Cloud.

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  County Demographics  
 
 
     
 
 
  As of the census of 2000, there were 172,493 people, 60,977 households, and 45,062 families residing in the county. The population density was 130 people per square mile (50/km). There were 72,293 housing units at an average density of 55 per square mile (21/km). The racial makeup of the county was 77.20% White, 7.36% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 9.06% from other races, and 3.63% from two or more races. 29.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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 $38,214, and the median income for a family was $42,061. Males had a median income of $29,034 versus $21,746 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,022. About 9.10% of families and 11.50% 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.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
  County History  
 
 
     
 
 
  Osceola County was created in 1887. It was named for the Indian leader Osceola, whose name means "Black Drink Cry[Asi Yaholo]."

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. When Florida became a state in 1845, Mosquito County was renamed Orange County. In 1844, Brevard County was carved out from Mosquito 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 immigrants from Puerto Rico,[4] and in the 2000 U.S. Census Puerto Rican was the largest self-reported ancestry group.

 

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
     
     
 
 
 

 

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