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Osceola County

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Fun facts:

• Created in 1887, the county became Florida’s 40th of what today are 67 counties. was named for the Indian leader Osceola, whose name means "Singer of the Black Drink" or “Black Drink Crier.”

• In its early days, Osceola County served as a hub for riverboats and trains.

• Kissimmee was formerly known as Allendale and was incorporated in 1883. It was named after J.H. Allen, a former Confederate major who was captain of the riverboat Mary Belle.

• St. Cloud was founded in 1909 on the site of the former St. Cloud Sugar Plantation on the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga. At one time it was home to the largest group of Union Army veterans in the South. 

• The area has a rich history of cowboys, rodeos, and cattle ranching. The Silver Spurs Rodeo celebrates its 130th year in February 2013 at Osceola Heritage Park. 

• Osceola is home to Yeehaw Junction, originally known as Jackass Junction.

• The county ranks first in Florida beef production and has 17,000 acres of citrus trees.

• Makinson Hardware in downtown Kissimmee, founded in 1884, is the oldest hardware store in the state.

• The workforce is largely bilingual, with many of the newest residents moving to the area from Puerto Rico. 

• Osceola is the world headquarters for the Tupperware Corporation.

How does Osceola County rank on the 2012 Central Florida Scorecard? Here are some highlights:

• Population: 276,200, the smallest in the region. 

• College attainment: 19.8 percent, third-lowest behind Lake and Polk counties, which both have 19 percent. 

• Water consumption: 169 gallons per day per capita, the third-highest in the region and more than the regional average of 154.  

• Unemployment rate: 9.8 percent, the third-highest in the region. 

• Voter turnout: 36.6 percent, the lowest in the region. 

• Charitable contributions: $2,800 per capita, the lowest in the region.

 

Municipalities in Osceola

Kissimmee (county seat)

St. Cloud

Osceola County

 

Want to see how Osceola County compares with the rest of the region?

Click here to explore more with the Central Florida Scorecard.