Introduction to Clewiston, Florida

Clewiston, Florida, in Hendry county, is 51 miles SW of Port St. Lucie, Florida (center to center) and 81 miles NW of Miami, Florida.

Clewiston History

The Seminole Indians, the first inhabitants of present day Clewiston, had a fishing camp by Lake Okeechobee. In 1920, Alonzo Clewis of Tampa and John O'Brien of Philadelphia purchased land in the region to establish a community. The foundations of a town were laid, and the Moore Haven & Clewiston Railroad was built to connect the community with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad at Moore Haven. Clewiston, which was incorporated as a city in 1925, was named in honor of a banker, A.C. Clewis. It became well known for sport fishing, especially that of largemouth bass. Sugar plantations took hold during the mid 1900s. The US Sugar Corporation was the largest manufacturer in the city, and Clewiston came to be known as "America's Sweetest Town."

Clewiston and Nearby Attractions

  • Clewiston Museum.
  • Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.
  • Zora Neale Hurston House.
  • Clewiston Inn.
  • Big Cypress National Preserve.
  • Lion Country Safari.

Things To Do In Clewiston

The city of Clewiston is home to the Clewiston Museum and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum houses artifacts and memorabilia of the region's Seminole inhabitants, while exhibits in Clewiston Museum depict the area's history through photographs, artifacts and stories. Clewiston Inn, which was originally built by the U.S. Sugar Corporation in 1926, was later destroyed by a fire and rebuilt in 1938. It now includes artist J. Clinton Shepherd's 360-degree wildlife mural of the Florida Everglades' flora and fauna. Opportunities to play golf are available from the Clewiston Municipal Golf Course. The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, and Big Water Heritage Trail are popular attractions offering educational, historical and recreational opportunities. The community also hosts the Hendry County Fair, American Indian Arts Celebration and Big "O" Birding Festival every year.

Clewiston Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Southwest Florida International Airport.

Clewiston Higher Education

Colleges near Clewiston include Indian River Community College, Palm Beach Atlantic College-West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Community College.


Total Population 7,240
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 10%
Employed Population 16+ 3,294
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 47.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.7%
Median Earnings25+ $28,804
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,008


Median Family Income $60,179
% Above Poverty Level 82.9%
% Below Poverty Level 17.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 5%


People Living Alone 29.6%
Median Gross Rent $745
Median House Value $106,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 66.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 5.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Clewiston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 51 miles SW of Port St. Lucie, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles NW of Miami, Florida
County Hendry
Standard Zip Codes 33440
Phone Area Codes 863
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 26.753
Longitude -80.933

Clewiston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 55 to 74 F
Apr Temp 63 to 84 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 70 to 85 F
Annual Precip 45.4 inches
Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 74 F
Apr Temp 61 to 83 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 67 to 84 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 53 to 75 F
Apr Temp 61 to 84 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 67 to 86 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belle Glade 17,950 $35,657
Moore Haven 2,818 $31,917
Pahokee 6,003 $32,471
South Bay 4,976 $30,714

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Clewiston Public Libraries

Hendry County Library System
Clewiston, Florida
(863) 983-1493
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Clewiston Hospitals

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(863) 902-3033
Emergency Service: No

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