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DeSoto County, Florida (FL)


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County population in 2012: 34,712 (54% urban, 46% rural); it was 32,209 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,180
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,057
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 8,026
Renter-occupied apartments: 3,208 (it was 2,720 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

33%

Land area: 637 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 55 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in DeSoto County: 81.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (20.9%), Educational,health and social services (16.1%), Retail trade (11.7%), Construction (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 77%
  • Government: 17%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 6%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in DeSoto County, Florida:


Median resident age:  38.0 years
Florida median age:  40.0 years

Males: 19,718  (51.9%)
Females: 15,144  (48.1%)

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DeSoto County,FL real estate house value trend



Average household size:
DeSoto County:

2.0 people
Florida:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $35,395 ($30,714 in 1999)
This county:

$35395
Florida:

$44736

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $529 (lower quartile is $431, upper quartile is $661)
This county:

$529
State:

$802


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $95,473 (it was $55,700 in 2000)
DeSoto County:

$95,473
Florida:

$182,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $48,045 - $192,528

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $214,952
Here:

$214,952
State:

$275,879

Townhouses or other attached units: $159,008
Here:

$159,008
State:

$195,815

In 2-unit structures: $134,783
Here:

$134,783
State:

$200,248

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $245,705
Here:

$245,705
State:

$172,083

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $126,052
Here:

$126,052
State:

$221,364

Mobile homes: $59,101
Here:

$59,101
State:

$43,568

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $21,136
Here:

$21,136
State:

$47,032
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,293
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $311

Institutionalized population: 3,053

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


DeSoto County, FL map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $931 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $531 (0.7%)


DeSoto County household income distribution in 2009 DeSoto County home values distribution


DeSoto County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 20.7%
(12.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.0% for Black residents, 31.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 17.1% for other race residents, 44.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 38 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 32 years old, Asian residents: 40 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

23.6%
Whole state:

12.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

10.0%
Whole state:

5.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in DeSoto County is $429 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $504 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $608 a month.

Cities in this county include: Arcadia, Southeast Arcadia, Nocatee, Pine Level.

DeSoto County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Local government website: co.desoto.fl.us

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in DeSoto County: Montgomery Ranch (A), Parker Ranch (B), Bunker Railroad Station (C), Abacoa Golf Club (D), Arrowhead Golf Club (E), Kingsway Country Club (F), Alden Pines Country Club (G), Florida Civil Commitment Center Arcadia (H), Desoto County Fire and Rescue Station 2 (I), Desoto Correctional Institution Annex (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in DeSoto County include: Upper Room Church of God (A), New Hope Christian Church (B), First Baptist Church of Nocatee (C), Church of God of Prophecy (D), Church of God (E), Brownville Baptist Church (F), Fort Winder Church (G), Mount Efen Church (H), Oak Hill Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Ogden Cemetery (1), Lamp Grounds Cemetery (2), Pine Level Campground Cemetery (3), Owens Cemetery (4), Joshua Creek Cemetery (5), Hull Cemetery (6), Fort Ogden Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and swamps: Bee Gum Lake (A), Boggess Lake (B), Deep Lake (C), English Lake (D), Grass Lake (E), Handcock Lake (F), Johnson Lake (G), Lettuce Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Walker Branch (A), Tiger Bay Slough (B), Thornton Branch (C), Sand Gully (D), Myrtle Slough (E), Mossy Gully (F), McBride Branch (G), Mare Branch (H), Lake Slough (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Charlotte County , Glades County , Hardee County , Highlands County , Manatee County , Sarasota County .


Current college students: 556
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 63.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 8.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 6,037 (13% naturalized citizens)

DeSoto County:

18.7%
Whole state:

16.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 73.1%

DeSoto County marital status for males
DeSoto County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in DeSoto County with a mortgage: 2,290 (326 second mortgage, 194 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,752

Here:

56.7% with mortgage
State:

71.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 31.33%
Here31.3%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 10,092
Total congregations: 42

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Assemblies of God
Adherents4,822 (47.8%)1,677 (16.6%)851 (8.4%)482 (4.8%)435 (4.3%)
Congregations11 (26.2%)5 (11.9%)1 (2.4%)6 (14.3%)2 (4.8%)
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Churches of ChristChurch of the NazareneChristian Churches and Churches of ChristOther
Adherents414 (4.1%)216 (2.1%)193 (1.9%)163 (1.6%)839 (8.3%)
Congregations1 (2.4%)3 (7.1%)1 (2.4%)1 (2.4%)11 (26.2%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in DeSoto County - Arcadia, Southeast Arcadia, Nocatee, Pine Level

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 10
This county:

2.92 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
DeSoto County:

0.58 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
DeSoto County:

1.46 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

1.28 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
This county:

3.50 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

3.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
DeSoto County:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

7.45 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.7%
Florida:

9.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.6%
Florida:

23.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
DeSoto County:

13.8%
State:

14.0%


Agriculture in DeSoto County:

Average size of farms: 337 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $156,198
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1729.17
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 5.67%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 16.46%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $120,307
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 22.41%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 88.43%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $38,912
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.74%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 21.03
Vegetables: 1,446 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 73,553 acres

Tornado activity:

DeSoto County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below Florida state average. It is 1.4 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 10 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 12/12/1983, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 4 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in DeSoto County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 6, Fires: 4, Tropical Storms: 3, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (40%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (2%)
  • Health care (22%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (34%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (3%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in DeSoto County (%):





DeSoto County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 6,567 (52%)
  • Carpooled: 4,155 (33%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,033 (8%)
  • Taxi: 7 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 51 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 44 (0%)
  • Walked: 200 (2%)
  • Other means: 176 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 334 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in DeSoto County, Florida in 2000:

People in group quarters in DeSoto County, Florida in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $45,971.

8.50% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($37,087 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.50%
Florida average:

8.71%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.44% relocated from other counties in Florida ($24,659 average AGI)
3.06% relocated from other states ($12,429 average AGI)
DeSoto County:

3.06%
Florida average:

4.24%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Charlotte County, FL  1.53% ($47,074 average AGI)
from Sarasota County, FL  0.85% ($37,760)
from Lee County, FL  0.53% ($48,574)
from Manatee County, FL  0.39% ($55,618)
from Hardee County, FL  0.25% ($22,045)
from Hillsborough County, FL  0.22% ($13,737)
from Highlands County, FL  0.18% ($25,813)


8.11% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,727 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.11%
Florida average:

7.73%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.99% relocated to other counties in Florida ($21,351 average AGI)
3.12% relocated to other states ($11,377 average AGI)
DeSoto County:

3.12%
Florida average:

3.31%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Charlotte County, FL  1.54% ($39,904 average AGI)
to Sarasota County, FL  0.54% ($34,979)
to Lee County, FL  0.45% ($36,359)
to Highlands County, FL  0.33% ($28,241)
to Hardee County, FL  0.31% ($34,296)
to Polk County, FL  0.24% ($41,952)
to Hillsborough County, FL  0.19% ($31,647)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.6

Births per 1000 population in DeSoto County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.8

Deaths per 1000 population in DeSoto County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in DeSoto County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 5,055 (4,244 aged, 811 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.87
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7520.350
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 140.430
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 49160.27

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1285.090
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 957.460

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 8.06
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 33.89

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 2.82

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 119.5. This is less than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 31,064

Size of family households: 3,746 2-persons, 1,377 3-persons, 1,222 4-persons, 788 5-persons, 412 6-persons, 358 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,612 1-person, 606 2-persons, 127 3-persons, 71 4-persons, 51 5-persons, 43 6-persons, 32 7-or-more-persons.

75.9% of residents of DeSoto County speak English at home.
22.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (33% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 33% don't speak English at all).
1.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (66% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 14% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (73% speak English very well, 27% speak English well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (68% speak English very well, 22% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $165,436,000 ($4741 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $4,092,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $73,098,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $56,391,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,063,000
Federal grants: $26,505,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,054,000 ($239,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,326,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $15,840,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $11,486,000
Federal Government insurance: $195,642,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 2,400
Here:

68 per 1000 residents
State:

63 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,570
Here:

44 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +2,550
Here:

+72 per 1000 residents
State:

+30 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -106
Here -3 per 1000 residents
State +59 per 1000 residents

Population growth in DeSoto County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 10.59 millions of gallons per day (42% from ground, 58% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.1
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

3.8

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in DeSoto County, Florida
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 59
  • 2 rooms: 422
  • 3 rooms: 664
  • 4 rooms: 1,584
  • 5 rooms: 2,046
  • 6 rooms: 1,525
  • 7 rooms: 972
  • 8 rooms: 508
  • 9+ rooms: 246
  • 1 room: 62
  • 2 rooms: 247
  • 3 rooms: 364
  • 4 rooms: 1,058
  • 5 rooms: 504
  • 6 rooms: 284
  • 7 rooms: 126
  • 8 rooms: 50
  • 9+ rooms: 25
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in DeSoto County, Florida
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 70
  • 1 bedroom: 959
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,843
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,399
  • 4 bedrooms: 702
  • 5+ bedrooms: 53
  • no bedroom: 62
  • 1 bedroom: 505
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,329
  • 3 bedrooms: 713
  • 4 bedrooms: 96
  • 5+ bedrooms: 15
Cars and other vehicles available in DeSoto County, Florida in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 380
  • 1 vehicle: 3,537
  • 2 vehicles: 3,062
  • 3 vehicles: 852
  • 4 vehicles: 106
  • 5+ vehicles: 89
  • no vehicle: 504
  • 1 vehicle: 1,394
  • 2 vehicles: 676
  • 3 vehicles: 108
  • 4 vehicles: 14
  • 5+ vehicles: 24

53% of DeSoto County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 47% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 52% lived in Florida.

DeSoto County:

52.5%
State average:

51.1%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $58,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in DeSoto County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (80.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12.0%)
  • Utility gas (2.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.0%)
  • No fuel used (1.5%)
  • Wood (0.5%)
  • Electricity (70.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (21.8%)
  • No fuel used (3.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.7%)
  • Utility gas (1.4%)
  • Wood (0.5%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 157
Here:

4.6%
Florida:

11.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 63
Here:

5.0%
Florida:

9.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 89
Here:

17.5%
Florida:

21.0%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

DeSoto County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


DeSoto County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


DeSoto County government finances - Debt in 2002:


DeSoto County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



DeSoto County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

DeSoto County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in DeSoto County, FL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John7874.5 years
James6273.3 years
William5878.1 years
Mary5378.8 years
Robert5275.8 years
Richard2969.6 years
George2876.9 years
Charles2776.6 years
Dorothy2379.7 years
Donald2277.2 years
Most common last names in DeSoto County, FL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith3075.7 years
Johnson2278.5 years
Davis1777.3 years
Brown1773.9 years
Williams1575.3 years
Moore1369.2 years
Martin1180.6 years
Edwards1182.8 years
Walker1172.4 years
Reed1177.3 years
Businesses in DeSoto County, FL
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Payless1
AutoZone1Pizza Hut1
Burger King3Publix Super Markets1
CVS1RadioShack1
Comfort Suites1SONIC Drive-In1
Curves1Sears1
Dunkin Donuts2Sprint Nextel1
FedEx7Starbucks1
H&R Block1Subway2
Holiday Inn1Taco Bell1
KFC1U-Haul2
Knights Inn1UPS7
Little Caesars Pizza1Waffle House1
McDonald's1Walgreens1
Nike1Walmart1
Pac Sun1Wendy's1

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