Okeechobee County

Okeechobee County is located in Central Florida bordering Lake Okeechobee and Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Osceola, Highlands, and Glades Counties. 

Okeechobee County was established from portions of Osceola and Brevard counties in 1917. The name is derived from two Hitchiti words, Oki meaning "water", and Chobi meaning "big". 

 

Okeechobee County Florida Image Map
Population - 2000
35,910
Population - 2010
39,996
Population - 2015 Est
40,052
Land Area (sq mi)
769
Water Area (sq mi)
123
Total Area (sq mi)
892
Average Rainfall
48
Temperature - Average High
81
Temperature - Average Low
63

The Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is a part of the Everglades headwaters located near Central Florida.  It makes up one of the largest remaining tracts of Florida dry prairie, a unique Florida ecosystem home to many endangered and endemic species. For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the many species that call the prairie home, the wide and open landscape provides bird-watchers, photographers, and other wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to spot them. Another prominent and unique feature of the park is its lack of light pollution, allowing campers and stargazers to see the bands of the Milky Way without any binoculars or special cameras. Other experiences and amenities offered by the park include bicycling, camping, horseback riding  trails, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife tours.

Okeechobee County School District is located in central Florida. It is a small school district with 9 public schools and 1 alternative school, together serving 6,000 students.

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The Heartland Library Cooperative serves DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties. Highlands county has three libraries in Avon Park, Lake Placid, and Sebring. The DeSoto County Library is located in Arcadia, the Glades County Library is located in Moore Haven, The Hardee County Library is located in Wauchula, and the Okeechobee County Library is located in Okeechobee.

Okeechobee County specializes in a huge variety of sporting events to keep your healthy heart pumping from childhood and beyond. If you want a break, step off onto the extensive trails for a relaxing hike. Try what you like and come back for more in Okeechobee County.