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Highlands County, Florida (FL)

County population in 2014: 98,236 (79% urban, 21% rural); it was 87,366 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 15,537
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 17,293
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 29,854
Renter-occupied apartments: 9,774 (it was 7,617 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

33%

Land area: 1028 sq. mi.

Water area: 78.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 96 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Highlands County: 80.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (25.2%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (17.5%), Educational, health and social services (12.3%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (12.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 79%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 21%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Highlands County, Florida:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (70.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (17.4%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (8.9%)
  • Asian alone (1.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
Median resident age:  51.0 years
Florida median age:  40.0 years
Males: 48,004  (48.9%)
Females: 50,232  (51.1%)
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Highlands County,FL real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Highlands County:

2.0 people
Florida:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $33,811 ($30,160 in 1999)

This county:

$33811
Florida:

$46036

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $535 (lower quartile is $340, upper quartile is $753)
This county:

$535
State:

$838


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $80,500 (it was $62,000 in 2000)
Highlands:

$80,500
Florida:

$153,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $44,000 - $137,300

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $146,251
Here:

$146,251
State:

$243,181

Townhouses or other attached units: $115,207
Here:

$115,207
State:

$161,350

In 2-unit structures: $82,759
Here:

$82,759
State:

$161,056

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $102,381
Here:

$102,381
State:

$143,318

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $85,008
Here:

$85,008
State:

$215,295

Mobile homes: $38,371
Here:

$38,371
State:

$58,568

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $19,961
Here:

$19,961
State:

$50,225
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $886
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $297

Institutionalized population: 1,127

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

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 24
  • Robberies: 20
  • Assaults: 146
  • Burglaries: 564
  • Thefts: 1029
  • Auto thefts: 124

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

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 15
  • Robberies: 31
  • Assaults: 164
  • Burglaries: 590
  • Thefts: 997
  • Auto thefts: 129
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Health of residents in Highlands County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.2. This is significantly worse than average.
71.1% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
52.5% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is more than average.
99.1% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
62.7% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 191 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 159 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 428 buildings, average cost: $89,200
  • 2001: 522 buildings, average cost: $94,200
  • 2002: 519 buildings, average cost: $94,200
  • 2003: 680 buildings, average cost: $122,000
  • 2004: 904 buildings, average cost: $172,500
  • 2005: 1192 buildings, average cost: $165,000
  • 2006: 1415 buildings, average cost: $172,700
  • 2007: 918 buildings, average cost: $175,200
  • 2008: 161 buildings, average cost: $184,600
  • 2009: 60 buildings, average cost: $182,600
  • 2010: 73 buildings, average cost: $176,500
  • 2011: 75 buildings, average cost: $177,400
  • 2012: 32 buildings, average cost: $241,100
  • 2013: 58 buildings, average cost: $204,600
  • 2014: 92 buildings, average cost: $232,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,095 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $730 (1.1%)

Highlands County household income distribution in 2009 Highlands County home values distribution Highlands County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.8%
(12.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.7% for Black residents, 36.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 33.1% for American Indian residents, 30.6% for other race residents, 21.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.8%
Highlands County:

18.8%
Florida:

17.0%
(12.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.0% for Black residents, 35.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 31.1% for American Indian residents, 29.9% for other race residents, 22.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 52 years old
(Males: 49 years old, Females: 55 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 61 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 47 years old, Asian residents: 42 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 30 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Highlands County is $453 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $542 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $701 a month.

Cities in this county include: Sebring, Avon Park, Placid Lakes, Sylvan Shores, Lake Placid.

Highlands County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Zip CodeCityCertified Residential DatabaseMandatory Residential DatabaseMandatory Non-Residential Database
Buildings MeasuredAbove 4 pCi/L (%)Buildings MeasuredAbove 4 pCi/L (%)Buildings MeasuredAbove 4 pCi/L (%)
33825Avon Park70----
33852Lake Placid140----
33870Sebring703030
33871Sebring--1010
33872Sebring1104040

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Highlands County: Christian Retreat Campground (A), Kibler Ranch (B), Flying Eagle Camp (C), Jiggs Landing (D), Vanderipe Railroad Station (E), De Soto Memorial Speedway (F), Gillette Station Railroad Station (G), Schooley Station Railroad Station (H), Terra Ceia Junction (I), Vegetable Railroad Station (J), Lakeside Plaza (K), De Soto Center (L), Whitfield Plaza (M), Cortez Road Plaza (N), Parrish Fire District (O), Trailer Estates Fire Department (P), East Manatee Fire Rescue Station 1 (Q), West Manatee Fire and Rescue Station 4 (R), Myakka City Fire Department Station 1 (S), Southern Manatee Fire and Rescue District Station 1 (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Oneco Square Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Highlands County include: Bunker Hill Church (A), Bryant Chapel (B), Braden River Church (C), Saint Marys Church (D), Mill Creek Church (E), Faith Deliverance Church (F), Braden River United Church (G), New Hope Baptist Church (H), Northwest Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Manatee Memorial Cemetery (1), Braden River Cemetery (2), Sardis Cemetery (3), Keen Cemetery (4), Fortner Cemetery (5), Skyway Memorial Gardens (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Moses Hole (A), Mud Lake (B), Cason Lake (C), Clearwater Lake (D), Mobley Pond (E), Coffee Pond (F), Gilly Lakes (G), Ward Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Little Deep Branch (A), Ogleby Creek (B), Clay Gully (C), Water Hole Creek (D), Rye Branch (E), Cedar Drain (F), Cedar Creek (G), Tyre Creek (H), North Fork Manatee River (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Highlands County include: De Soto National Memorial (1), Lake Manatee State Park (2), Duette Park (3), Rye Wilderness Park (4), Myakka Head Park (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Calhoun County, Texas , Manatee County , St. Lucie County , Jim Hogg County, Texas , San Patricio County, Texas .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

7.3%
Florida:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 2,080
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 74.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 7,912 (35% naturalized citizens)

Highlands County:

9.1%
Whole state:

16.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 1,999
  • 1990 to 1994: 1,496
  • 1985 to 1989: 1,043
  • 1980 to 1984: 726
  • 1975 to 1979: 570
  • 1970 to 1974: 455
  • 1970 to 1974: 277
  • 1965 to 1969: 1,346

Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 89.4%

Highlands County marital status for males Highlands County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 26,769
  • One, attached: 2,484
  • Two: 1,619
  • 3 or 4: 1,179
  • 5 to 9: 766
  • 10 to 19: 776
  • 20 or more: 1,116
  • Mobile homes: 13,491
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 646

Housing units in Highlands County with a mortgage: 10,771 (1,030 second mortgage, 887 home equity loan, 14 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 9,774

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

71.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Highlands County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant20,13499
Mainline Protestant6,24917
Catholic4,0003
Other2,0337
Black Protestant1,58612
None64,784-
Highlands County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 22
Highlands County:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.10 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 11
This county:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

1.28 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 36
Highlands County:

3.64 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

3.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 44
This county:

4.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.45 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Highlands County:

13.4%
Florida:

9.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Highlands County:

25.3%
State:

23.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.1%
State:

14.0%

Agriculture in Highlands County:

Average size of farms: 557 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $228,024
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2061.23
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 20.70%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 13.22%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $185,760
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 17.22%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 90.40%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $48,988
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 77.97%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 17.47
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 4.20%
Vegetables: 504 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 83,125 acres

Tornado activity:

Highlands County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Florida state average. It is 3043405.0 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 21 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 7/15/1977, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 6 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Highlands County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Florida state average. It is 97% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 331.3 miles away from Highlands County center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 385.4 miles away from the county center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 354.8 miles away from the county center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 434.8 miles away from the county center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 449.3 miles away from Highlands County center
On 2/22/1992 at 04:21:34, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 MB, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 173.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • FloridaTropical Storm Fay, Incident Period: August 18, 2008 to September 12, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3288): August 21, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3288, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • FloridaTropical Storm Fay, Incident Period: August 18, 2008 to September 12, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1785): August 24, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1785, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • FloridaOkeechobee Fire Complex, Incident Period: May 29, 2007, Fire Management Assistance Declared: June 27, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-FM-2696, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • FloridaHurricane Wilma, Incident Period: October 23, 2005 to November 18, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1609): October 24, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1609, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • FloridaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3220): September 5, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3220, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • FloridaHurricane Jeanne, Incident Period: September 24, 2004 to November 17, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1561): September 26, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1561, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • FloridaHurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 13, 2004 to November 17, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1551): September 16, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1551, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • FloridaHurricane Frances, Incident Period: September 3, 2004 to October 8, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1545): September 4, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1545, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • FloridaHurricane Charley and Tropical Storm Bonnie, Incident Period: August 11, 2004 to August 30, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1539): August 13, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1539, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm, Hurricane
  • FloridaTropical Storm Gabrielle, Incident Period: September 13, 2001 to September 21, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1393): September 28, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1393, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • 9 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Highlands County (19) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 10, Fires: 5, Tropical Storms: 4, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (13%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Sales and related occupations (18%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6%)
  • Management occupations (5%)

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

  • Mexico (41%)
  • Canada (12%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • Cuba (4%)
  • Jamaica (4%)
  • Haiti (3%)
  • United Kingdom (3%)

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

  • United States or American (14%)
  • German (13%)
  • English (12%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • Italian (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)

Highlands County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 21,731 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 5,652 (19%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 326 (1%)
  • Taxi: 19 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 36 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 61 (0%)
  • Walked: 499 (2%)
  • Other means: 256 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 762 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


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

  • 764 people in nursing homes
  • 290 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 84 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 64 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 35 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 21 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 20 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 16 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 12 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 6 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 5 people in homes for the mentally ill

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

  • 736 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 383 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 329 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 99 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 55 people in college/university student housing
  • 44 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 43 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 36 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 5 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 3 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $39,020.

7.18% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,810 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.18%
Florida average:

7.97%


0.15% of residents moved from foreign countries ($495 average AGI)
Highlands County:

0.15%
Florida average:

0.11%

3.91% relocated from other counties in Florida ($16,842 average AGI)
3.12% relocated from other states ($16,474 average AGI)
Highlands County:

3.12%
Florida average:

3.71%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Polk County, FL  0.56% ($23,097 average AGI)
from Broward County, FL  0.41% ($42,801)
from Hillsborough County, FL  0.37% ($26,008)
from Miami-Dade County, FL  0.27% ($28,935)
from Hardee County, FL  0.24% ($30,418)
from Okeechobee County, FL  0.23% ($27,218)
from Orange County, FL  0.22% ($26,947)


7.01% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($28,105 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.01%
Florida average:

7.17%


0.16% of residents moved to foreign countries ($277 average AGI)
Highlands County:

0.16%
Florida average:

0.12%

4.16% relocated to other counties in Florida ($16,156 average AGI)
2.70% relocated to other states ($11,673 average AGI)
Highlands County:

2.70%
Florida average:

2.87%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Polk County, FL  0.65% ($25,659 average AGI)
to Hillsborough County, FL  0.40% ($19,244)
to Miami-Dade County, FL  0.30% ($23,804)
to Orange County, FL  0.29% ($21,753)
to Broward County, FL  0.28% ($26,413)
to Okeechobee County, FL  0.24% ($22,605)
to Palm Beach County, FL  0.21% ($25,743)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.2

Births per 1000 population in Highlands County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 14.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Highlands County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Highlands County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 27.8%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 13.2%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Highlands County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Highlands County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 27,715 (24,640 aged, 3,075 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 3,330 (18%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Highlands County, Florida in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2523)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1696)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1439)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1313)
  • Unspecified dementia (630)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (612)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (445)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (389)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (376)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (363)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.15
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 16953.19
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 268.450
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 64887.73

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1064.970
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1446.130
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5.24

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 31.91
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 50.26

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 11.52

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 51.4. This is less than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 182.4. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 115.3
  • Poisoning - 35.9
  • Other - 31.2

Household type by relationship:

Households: 97,053
  • In family households: 79,195 (20,706 male householders, 7,321 female householders)
    22,127 spouses, 20,867 children (18,926 natural, 607 adopted, 1,334 stepchildren), 2,285 grandchildren, 805 brothers or sisters, 834 parents, 1,236 other relatives, 2,403 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 17,858 (6,382 male householders (4,963 living alone)), 8,195 female householders (7,187 living alone)), 3,281 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 1,733 (1,127 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 16,905 2-persons, 4,525 3-persons, 3,432 4-persons, 1,850 5-persons, 787 6-persons, 528 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 12,150 1-person, 2,027 2-persons, 187 3-persons, 92 4-persons, 61 5-persons, 33 6-persons, 27 7-or-more-persons.

9,801 married couples with children.
4,499 single-parent households (1,040 men, 3,459 women).

86.1% of residents of Highlands County speak English at home.
10.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (46% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 15% don't speak English at all).
2.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (67% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (57% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (87% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $688,484,000 ($7393 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $38,021,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $379,295,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $209,091,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,048,000
Federal grants: $55,533,000
Federal procurement contracts: $22,057,000 ($11,623,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $16,460,000 ($3,564,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,104,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $20,743,000
Federal Government insurance: $264,561,000

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

Births: 4,706
Here:

49 per 1000 residents
State:

63 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 6,980
Here:

73 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +1,915
Here:

+20 per 1000 residents
State:

+30 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +8,640
Here:

+90 per 1000 residents
State:

+59 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Highlands County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 9.14 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.2
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 484
  • 2000 to 2004: 9,885
  • 1990 to 1999: 9,453
  • 1980 to 1989: 14,380
  • 1970 to 1979: 11,108
  • 1960 to 1969: 3,531
  • 1950 to 1959: 3,404
  • 1940 to 1949: 1,105
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,325
Rooms in houses/apartments in Highlands County, Florida
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 63
  • 2 rooms: 702
  • 3 rooms: 1,988
  • 4 rooms: 5,944
  • 5 rooms: 9,324
  • 6 rooms: 6,311
  • 7 rooms: 3,194
  • 8 rooms: 1,315
  • 9+ rooms: 1,013
  • 1 room: 234
  • 2 rooms: 915
  • 3 rooms: 1,480
  • 4 rooms: 2,207
  • 5 rooms: 1,663
  • 6 rooms: 718
  • 7 rooms: 221
  • 8 rooms: 86
  • 9+ rooms: 93
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Highlands County, Florida
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 149
  • 1 bedroom: 1,705
  • 2 bedrooms: 15,015
  • 3 bedrooms: 11,014
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,759
  • 5+ bedrooms: 212
  • no bedroom: 395
  • 1 bedroom: 1,996
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,269
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,734
  • 4 bedrooms: 145
  • 5+ bedrooms: 78
Cars and other vehicles available in Highlands County, Florida in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 1,157
  • 1 vehicle: 15,206
  • 2 vehicles: 10,167
  • 3 vehicles: 2,572
  • 4 vehicles: 530
  • 5+ vehicles: 222
  • no vehicle: 1,596
  • 1 vehicle: 3,650
  • 2 vehicles: 1,852
  • 3 vehicles: 454
  • 4 vehicles: 29
  • 5+ vehicles: 36

54% of Highlands 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, 45% lived in Florida.

Highlands County:

54.4%
State average:

51.1%

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

  • This state: 27911
  • Northeast: 15255
  • Midwest: 20336
  • South: 12074
  • West: 1218

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $60,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 0%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Highlands County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (90.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.6%)
  • Utility gas (2.2%)
  • No fuel used (0.8%)
  • Electricity (85.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.1%)
  • No fuel used (3.7%)
  • Utility gas (3.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)
  • Wood (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 473
Here:

6.1%
Florida:

11.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 215
Here:

6.0%
Florida:

9.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 322
Here:

17.9%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Highlands County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Parks & Recreation: $532,000
    Welfare - Other: $130,000
    Libraries: $105,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $8,589,000
    Financial Administration: $7,666,000
    Regular Highways: $7,605,000
    Solid Waste Management: $6,634,000
    Corrections - Other: $5,348,000
    Health Services - Other: $4,630,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,854,000
    General - Other: $2,673,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,249,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,062,000
    Housing & Community Development: $1,649,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,255,000
    Fire Protection: $969,000
    Welfare - Other: $960,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $920,000
    Libraries: $764,000
    Water Utilities: $386,000
    Parks & Recreation: $382,000
    Sewerage: $167,000
    Other Hospitals: $98,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $7,712,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Health: $775,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $6,448,000
    General - Other: $1,101,000
    Fire Protection: $662,000
    Parks & Recreation: $473,000
    Police Protection: $460,000
    Corrections - Other: $263,000
    Judicial: $256,000
    Libraries: $238,000
    Air Transportation: $224,000
    Natural Resource - Other: $120,000
    Financial Administration: $77,000
    Protective Inspection & Regulation, NEC: $61,000
    Health - Other: $38,000
    Central Staff: $30,000
    Housing & Community Development: $9,000
    Solid Waste Management: $7,000
    Welfare - Other: $2,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $29,667,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $68,000

Highlands County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $5,443,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,733,000
    Sewerage: $184,000
    Parks & Recreation: $15,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $1,155,000
    Housing & Community Development: $914,000
    General Support: $11,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $916,000
    All Other: $191,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $8,817,000
    Special Assessments: $5,157,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $1,915,000
    Property Sale Other: $233,000
    Rents: $28,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $403,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $5,822,000
    All Other: $3,809,000
    Highways: $2,298,000
    Public Welfare: $20,000
  • Tax - Property: $23,600,000
    Total General Sales: $6,144,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $3,618,000
    NEC: $625,000
    Other Selective Sales: $205,000

Highlands County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Industrial Revenue: $95,630,000
    Water Utilities: $1,267,000
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $2,428,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $95,090,000
    Other, NEC: $1,563,000
    Water Utilities: $1,211,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $540,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $865,000
    Water Utilities: $56,000

Highlands County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $24,681,000
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $95,090,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 2,126
  • Number of aged recipients: 284
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,842
  • Number of recipients under 18: 476
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,172
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 478
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 853
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 923
Highlands County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Highlands County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Highlands County, FL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William79776.4 years
John76576.1 years
James68274.7 years
Robert65274.6 years
Mary61080.2 years
Charles51176.0 years
George45377.6 years
Helen32281.1 years
Joseph31076.2 years
Dorothy30279.2 years
Most common last names in Highlands County, FL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith36377.2 years
Johnson21875.0 years
Jones19875.9 years
Williams18875.6 years
Brown17374.9 years
Miller14879.3 years
Martin11274.3 years
Davis11175.3 years
Taylor10678.0 years
Moore9274.9 years
Businesses in Highlands County, FL
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1La-Z-Boy2
AT&T1Little Caesars Pizza1
Ace Hardware3Lowe's1
Advance Auto Parts4Marshalls1
Arby's2MasterBrand Cabinets12
AutoZone2McDonald's3
Bath & Body Works1Nike4
Bed Bath & Beyond1Nissan1
Budget Car Rental1Office Depot1
Burger King4OfficeMax1
CVS1Olive Garden1
Chevrolet2Outback1
Curves1Outback Steakhouse1
DHL2Panera Bread1
Dairy Queen2Payless1
Dennys1Penske1
Domino's Pizza2Pier 1 Imports1
DressBarn1Pizza Hut3
Dressbarn1Publix Super Markets3
Dunkin Donuts2Quality1
Econo Lodge1RadioShack4
Famous Footwear1Red Lobster1
FedEx19Ruby Tuesday1
Foot Locker1Sears2
Ford2Sprint Nextel2
GNC1Starbucks1
GameStop1Subway1
H&R Block4Taco Bell2
Holiday Inn2Tire Kingdom1
Home Depot1U-Haul14
IHOP1UPS22
JCPenney1Vans1
Jones New York1Verizon Wireless1
KFC2Village Inn1
Kmart1Walmart2
La Quinta1YMCA1

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  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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