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Highlands County, Florida (FL)

County population in 2019: 106,221 (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: 103 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Highlands County: 80.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (24.6%), Retail trade (17.1%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (10.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 22%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Highlands County, FL (2019)
    • 70,08766.2%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 22,00620.8%Hispanic or Latino
    • 9,9359.4%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1,9751.9%Two or more races
    • 1,5211.4%Asian alone
    • 1870.2%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 1090.1%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

54.2 years
Florida median age:

42.4 years
Males: 52,623  (49.5%)
Females: 53,598  (50.5%)
Average household size:
Highlands County:

2.0 people
Florida:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $48,698 ($30,160 in 1999)
This county:

$48,698
Florida:

$59,227

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $644 (lower quartile is $544, upper quartile is $778)
This county:

$644
State:

$1097


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $144,900 (it was $62,000 in 2000)
Highlands:

$144,900
Florida:

$245,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $75,100 - $224,700

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $191,179
Here:

$191,179
State:

$343,090

Townhouses or other attached units: $139,687
Here:

$139,687
State:

$248,955

In 2-unit structures: $124,353
Here:

$124,353
State:

$250,044

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $147,420
Here:

$147,420
State:

$313,255

Mobile homes: $46,923
Here:

$46,923
State:

$83,101

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $79,702
Here:

$79,702
State:

$66,167

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,039
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $373

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
Highlands County, FL map from a distance

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:

  • 1997: 521 buildings, average cost: $84,100
  • 1998: 480 buildings, average cost: $91,400
  • 1999: 641 buildings, average cost: $83,800
  • 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
  • 2015: 156 buildings, average cost: $206,500
  • 2016: 122 buildings, average cost: $258,800
  • 2017: 175 buildings, average cost: $237,300
  • 2018: 211 buildings, average cost: $241,600
  • 2019: 233 buildings, average cost: $223,400
Number of permits per 10,000 Highlands, FL residents
Average permit cost in Highlands, FL
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,324 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $974 (0.8%)

Distribution of median household income in Highlands, FL in 2019
Distribution of house value in Highlands, FL in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Highlands, FL in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 14.4%
Highlands County:

14.4%
Florida:

12.7%
(9.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.3% for Black residents, 27.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 28.4% for American Indian residents, 87.5% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 29.1% for other race residents, 30.6% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 54.2 years old
(Males: 51.8 years old, Females: 56.0 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 62.9 years old, Black residents: 39.1 years old, American Indian residents: 31.5 years old, Asian residents: 44.6 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 38.5 years old, Other race residents: 44.9 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 November 2020:
Here:

6.6%
Florida:

6.3%

Unemployment by year in Highlands, FL
County total employment by year in Highlands, FL
County average yearly wages by year in Highlands, FL

Current college students: 2,080
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 12,176 (53.0% naturalized citizens)

Highlands County:

11.5%
Whole state:

21.1%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 3,2942010 or later
  • 1,8772000 to 2009
  • 2,1311990 to 1999
  • 1,7691980 to 1989
  • 1,0251970 to 1979
  • 1,623Before 1970

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: 36,669
  • One, attached: 2,316
  • Two: 1,826
  • 3 or 4: 1,049
  • 5 to 9: 584
  • 10 to 19: 443
  • 20 to 49: 701
  • 50 or more: 697
  • Mobile homes: 11,606
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 228

Housing units in Highlands County with a mortgage: 12,134 (261 second mortgage, 579 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 22,552

Here:

35.3% with mortgage
State:

56.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Highlands County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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 significantly above Florida state average. It is 92% 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 331.3 miles away from Highlands County center
On 6/23/2016 at 17:20:29, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 213.7 miles away from the county center
On 9/21/2016 at 16:30:52, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 ML) earthquake occurred 216.4 miles away from the county center
On 9/4/2016 at 18:29:29, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 ML) earthquake occurred 216.4 miles away from the county center
On 7/16/2016 at 20:00:10, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 MB) earthquake occurred 201.3 miles away from Highlands County center
On 6/10/2016 at 17:10:48, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 MB) earthquake occurred 209.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Florida Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4486, Natural disaster type: Other
  • Florida Hurricane Irma, Incident Period: September 4, 2017 - October 18, 2017, FEMA Id: 4337, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Florida Hurricane Matthew, Incident Period: October 03, 2016 to October 19, 2016, Emergency Declared EM-3377: October 06, 2016, FEMA Id: 3377, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Florida Tropical Storm Debby, Incident Period: June 23, 2012 to July 26, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4068: July 03, 2012, FEMA Id: 4068, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Florida Tropical Storm Fay, Incident Period: August 18, 2008 to September 12, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1785: August 24, 2008, FEMA Id: 1785, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Florida Tropical Storm Fay, Incident Period: August 18, 2008 to September 12, 2008, Emergency Declared EM-3288: August 21, 2008, FEMA Id: 3288, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Florida Okeechobee Fire Complex, Incident Period: May 29, 2007 to December 31, 1969, Fire Management Assistance Declared: June 27, 2007, FEMA Id: 2696, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • Florida Hurricane Wilma, Incident Period: October 23, 2005 to November 18, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1609: October 24, 2005, FEMA Id: 1609, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Florida Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3220: September 05, 2005, FEMA Id: 3220, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Florida Hurricane Jeanne, Incident Period: September 24, 2004 to November 17, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1561: September 26, 2004, FEMA Id: 1561, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 13 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Highlands County (23) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 12, Fires: 5, Tropical Storms: 5, Tornado: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Highlands

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 26,058 (78.2%)
  • Carpooled: 3,566 (10.7%)
  • Bus: 214 (0.6%)
  • Subway or elevated rail: 11 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 581 (1.7%)
  • Bicycle: 148 (0.4%)
  • Walked: 738 (2.2%)
  • Worked at home: 2,023 (6.1%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Transportation occupations (12%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (7%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (12%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (20%)
  • Cuba (15%)
  • Canada (12%)
  • Philippines (7%)
  • Jamaica (6%)
  • Dominican Republic (6%)
  • Haiti (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Highlands County


  • American (13%)
  • English (8%)
  • German (7%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Scottish (2%)
  • Jamaican (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type
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 $44,366.

7.99% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($42,343 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.99%
Florida average:

7.69%


0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($294 average AGI)
Highlands County:

0.06%
Florida average:

0.08%

3.73% relocated from other counties in Florida ($18,475 average AGI)
4.20% relocated from other states ($23,574 average AGI)
Highlands County:

4.20%
Florida average:

3.87%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Polk County, FL  0.55% ($32,615 average AGI)
from Broward County, FL  0.37% ($46,140)
from Miami-Dade County, FL  0.33% ($35,778)
from Hardee County, FL  0.23% ($34,753)
from Palm Beach County, FL  0.23% ($62,438)
from Lee County, FL  0.22% ($39,538)
from Hillsborough County, FL  0.16% ($53,518)


5.94% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($40,444 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.94%
Florida average:

6.59%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.38% relocated to other counties in Florida ($23,797 average AGI)
2.56% relocated to other states ($16,647 average AGI)
Highlands County:

2.56%
Florida average:

2.71%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Polk County, FL  0.55% ($32,674 average AGI)
to Orange County, FL  0.23% ($28,026)
to Hillsborough County, FL  0.23% ($70,610)
to Hardee County, FL  0.19% ($32,769)
to Lee County, FL  0.18% ($50,115)
to Palm Beach County, FL  0.15% ($46,500)
to Broward County, FL  0.14% ($26,510)

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 2019: 14.7

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 population in Highlands County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 19.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 8.2%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Highlands County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Highlands County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Highlands County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Highlands County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Highlands County
Population under 19 years 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 Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Highlands County, Florida in 1999 - 2019:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (3,209)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2,183)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,902)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,712)
  • Unspecified dementia (810)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (732)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (679)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (538)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (499)
  • Congestive heart failure (454)

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: 16,953
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 268
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 64,888

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,065
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,446
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 32
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 50

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12

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: 106,221
  • Male householders: 20,569 (5,137 living alone), Female householders: 22,782 (7,741 living alone)
  • 21,191 spouses (21,167 opposite-sex spouses), 3,257 unmarried partners, (3,257 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 23,744 children (22,854 natural, 30 adopted, 860 stepchildren), 4,403 grandchildren, 1,281 brothers or sisters, 1,932 parents, 0 foster children, 1,654 other relatives, 3,543 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 1,865

Size of family households: 17,487 2-persons, 4,030 3-persons, 2,683 4-persons, 1,969 5-persons, 874 6-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 12,878 1-person, 3,172 2-persons, 258 3-persons.

9,753 married couples with children.
5,356 single-parent households (1,236 men, 4,120 women).

80.9% of residents of Highlands speak English at home.
17.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (63% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (78% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.0% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (70% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (68% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $688,484,000 ($7,393 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:

5.5
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.2

Year house built in Highlands County, Florida
  • Year house built in Highlands County, Florida
  • 1,5032014 or later
  • 3872010 to 2013
  • 7,1922000 to 2009
  • 12,7771990 to 1999
  • 16,5951980 to 1989
  • 9,7871970 to 1979
  • 3,5121960 to 1969
  • 2,5231950 to 1959
  • 1,3181940 to 1949
  • 5251939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Highlands County, Florida
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Highlands County, Florida
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Highlands County, Florida
  • 1651 room
  • 6302 rooms
  • 1,8443 rooms
  • 6,1744 rooms
  • 8,7695 rooms
  • 8,6306 rooms
  • 4,8857 rooms
  • 1,9988 rooms
  • 1,5919+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Highlands County, Florida
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Highlands County, Florida
  • 5371 room
  • 2432 rooms
  • 1,5573 rooms
  • 2,9574 rooms
  • 9675 rooms
  • 1,1636 rooms
  • 7137 rooms
  • 4858 rooms
  • 439+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Highlands County, Florida
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Highlands County, Florida
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Highlands County, Florida
  • 274no bedroom
  • 1,8941 bedroom
  • 14,1872 bedrooms
  • 14,9193 bedrooms
  • 3,2524 bedrooms
  • 1605+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Highlands County, Florida
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Highlands County, Florida
  • 572no bedroom
  • 1,2951 bedroom
  • 4,3582 bedrooms
  • 1,8333 bedrooms
  • 6074 bedrooms
  • 05+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Highlands County, Florida in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Highlands County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Highlands County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 1,379no vehicle
  • 15,7601 vehicle
  • 12,2752 vehicles
  • 4,5463 vehicles
  • 5624 vehicles
  • 1645+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Highlands County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Highlands County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 1,231no vehicle
  • 3,7731 vehicle
  • 2,9852 vehicles
  • 4983 vehicles
  • 964 vehicles
  • 825+ vehicles

84.7% of Highlands County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 36% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in Florida.

Highlands County:

84.7%
State average:

84.5%

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

  • This state: 41,402
  • Other state: 48,859
  • Northeast: 16,060
  • Midwest: 16,899
  • South: 12,078
  • West: 3,822
Year householders moved into unit in Highlands County, FL
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Highlands County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 96.0%Electricity
  • 1.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.3%Utility gas
  • 0.7%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 97.2%Electricity
  • 1.8%No fuel used
  • 0.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%Utility gas
  • 0.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 895
Here:

10.6%
Florida:

14.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 212
Here:

6.0%
Florida:

11.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 518
Here:

19.5%
Florida:

19.8%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Highlands County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $9,556,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,048,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,388,000
    Regular Highways: $67,000
    Parks and Recreation: $45,000
    Housing and Community Development: $27,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $5,545,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $19,053,000
    Police Protection: $17,847,000
    Financial Administration: $16,367,000
    Regular Highways: $11,998,000
    Correctional Institutions: $9,840,000
    Solid Waste Management: $7,888,000
    Health - Other: $6,691,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,645,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,151,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,118,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,716,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,541,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,352,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,236,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $917,000
    Housing and Community Development: $797,000
    Libraries: $795,000
    Air Transportation: $35,000
    Sewerage: $2,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $202,000
    Public Welfare: $115,000
    General Local Government Support: $9,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $544,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Health - Other: $3,200,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $605,000
    Other: $539,000
    Public Welfare: $214,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $28,824,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $26,509,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,203,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $18,051,000
    Special Assessments: $8,242,000
    Interest Earnings: $487,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $487,000
    Rents: $137,000
    Sale of Property: $67,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $24,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Natural Resources - Other: $4,479,000
    General - Other: $3,517,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,048,000
    Financial Administration: $825,000
    Health - Other: $746,000
    Police Protection: $649,000
    Parks and Recreation: $444,000
    Libraries: $135,000
    Correctional Institutions: $120,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $104,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $96,000
    General Public Building: $16,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $80,821,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $8,138,000
    Other: $6,624,000
    Highways: $4,673,000
    Public Welfare: $338,000
    Health and Hospitals: $223,000
  • Tax - Property: $38,463,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $9,072,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $4,545,000
    Other License: $773,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $725,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $715,000
    Other Selective Sales: $431,000

Highlands County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $9,556,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,048,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,388,000
    Regular Highways: $67,000
    Parks and Recreation: $45,000
    Housing and Community Development: $27,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $5,545,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $19,053,000
    Police Protection: $17,847,000
    Financial Administration: $16,367,000
    Regular Highways: $11,998,000
    Correctional Institutions: $9,840,000
    Solid Waste Management: $7,888,000
    Health - Other: $6,691,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,645,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,151,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,118,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,716,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,541,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,352,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,236,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $917,000
    Housing and Community Development: $797,000
    Libraries: $795,000
    Air Transportation: $35,000
    Sewerage: $2,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $202,000
    Public Welfare: $115,000
    General Local Government Support: $9,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $544,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Health - Other: $3,200,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $605,000
    Other: $539,000
    Public Welfare: $214,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $28,824,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $26,509,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,203,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $18,051,000
    Special Assessments: $8,242,000
    Interest Earnings: $487,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $487,000
    Rents: $137,000
    Sale of Property: $67,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $24,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Natural Resources - Other: $4,479,000
    General - Other: $3,517,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,048,000
    Financial Administration: $825,000
    Health - Other: $746,000
    Police Protection: $649,000
    Parks and Recreation: $444,000
    Libraries: $135,000
    Correctional Institutions: $120,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $104,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $96,000
    General Public Building: $16,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $80,821,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $8,138,000
    Other: $6,624,000
    Highways: $4,673,000
    Public Welfare: $338,000
    Health and Hospitals: $223,000
  • Tax - Property: $38,463,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $9,072,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $4,545,000
    Other License: $773,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $725,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $715,000
    Other Selective Sales: $431,000

Highlands County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $9,556,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,048,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,388,000
    Regular Highways: $67,000
    Parks and Recreation: $45,000
    Housing and Community Development: $27,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $5,545,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $19,053,000
    Police Protection: $17,847,000
    Financial Administration: $16,367,000
    Regular Highways: $11,998,000
    Correctional Institutions: $9,840,000
    Solid Waste Management: $7,888,000
    Health - Other: $6,691,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,645,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,151,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,118,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,716,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,541,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,352,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,236,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $917,000
    Housing and Community Development: $797,000
    Libraries: $795,000
    Air Transportation: $35,000
    Sewerage: $2,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $202,000
    Public Welfare: $115,000
    General Local Government Support: $9,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $544,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Health - Other: $3,200,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $605,000
    Other: $539,000
    Public Welfare: $214,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $28,824,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $26,509,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,203,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $18,051,000
    Special Assessments: $8,242,000
    Interest Earnings: $487,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $487,000
    Rents: $137,000
    Sale of Property: $67,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $24,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Natural Resources - Other: $4,479,000
    General - Other: $3,517,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,048,000
    Financial Administration: $825,000
    Health - Other: $746,000
    Police Protection: $649,000
    Parks and Recreation: $444,000
    Libraries: $135,000
    Correctional Institutions: $120,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $104,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $96,000
    General Public Building: $16,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $80,821,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $8,138,000
    Other: $6,624,000
    Highways: $4,673,000
    Public Welfare: $338,000
    Health and Hospitals: $223,000
  • Tax - Property: $38,463,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $9,072,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $4,545,000
    Other License: $773,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $725,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $715,000
    Other Selective Sales: $431,000

Highlands County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $9,556,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,048,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,388,000
    Regular Highways: $67,000
    Parks and Recreation: $45,000
    Housing and Community Development: $27,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $5,545,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $19,053,000
    Police Protection: $17,847,000
    Financial Administration: $16,367,000
    Regular Highways: $11,998,000
    Correctional Institutions: $9,840,000
    Solid Waste Management: $7,888,000
    Health - Other: $6,691,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,645,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,151,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,118,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,716,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,541,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,352,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,236,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $917,000
    Housing and Community Development: $797,000
    Libraries: $795,000
    Air Transportation: $35,000
    Sewerage: $2,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $202,000
    Public Welfare: $115,000
    General Local Government Support: $9,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $544,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Health - Other: $3,200,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $605,000
    Other: $539,000
    Public Welfare: $214,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $28,824,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $26,509,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,203,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $18,051,000
    Special Assessments: $8,242,000
    Interest Earnings: $487,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $487,000
    Rents: $137,000
    Sale of Property: $67,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $24,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Natural Resources - Other: $4,479,000
    General - Other: $3,517,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,048,000
    Financial Administration: $825,000
    Health - Other: $746,000
    Police Protection: $649,000
    Parks and Recreation: $444,000
    Libraries: $135,000
    Correctional Institutions: $120,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $104,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $96,000
    General Public Building: $16,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $80,821,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $8,138,000
    Other: $6,624,000
    Highways: $4,673,000
    Public Welfare: $338,000
    Health and Hospitals: $223,000
  • Tax - Property: $38,463,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $9,072,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $4,545,000
    Other License: $773,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $725,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $715,000
    Other Selective Sales: $431,000

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
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

Highlands County on our top lists:

  • #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+)"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"