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Overview

Introduction to Kissimmee, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida is 17 miles S of Orlando, Florida (center to center) and 68 miles E of Tampa, Florida. It's located in Osceola county in Central Florida along the shore of Lake Tohopekaliga, which is locally referred to as Lake Toho. It has a large Hispanic population which includes a large number of Puerto Ricans. Residents often take day trips to the scenic beaches. Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and the Epcot Center are nearby. The city is popular with tourists due to offering hotels and motels that are typically less expensive than the hotels near Disney World and the other popular nearby Florida attractions.

Kissimmee History

The area was established in the mid-19th century and known as Allendale. Kissimmee was incorporated as a city in 1883. Hamilton Disston was largely responsible for the initial growth of the municipality. His large drainage business was located in Kissimmee. Disston had a contract with Florida to drain the southern portion of the state, in return for owning half of the acreage he successfully drained. He became one of the largest single landowners in the nation.

The Kissimmee shipyard produced steamboats to transport people as well as goods for Disston's dredging and land speculation enterprises. The steamships lost a significant amount of business due to the popularity of trains for transporting people and goods. The Kissimmee area became a prominent location for raising cattle. In 1971 Disney World opened and tourism and development became the important factors for the economy and the cattle industry decreased in importance. In 2004 Hurricane Charlie damaged homes and numerous buildings.

Kissimmee Attractions

  • Oldtowm.
  • Osceola Center for the Arts.
  • Osceola County Historical Society & Museum.
  • The Houston Astros participate in Spring Training in Kissimmee at the Osceola County Stadium.
  • Silver Spurs Arena is popular for concerts and other events.
  • Warbird Museum restores World War II aircraft to flying condition. Tours are available of the work shops, planes and aircraft which are being restored.
  • Osceola County Historic Courthouse.
  • A world of Orchids.
  • Green Meadows Petting Farm.
  • Pirate's Island of Kissimmee.
  • Jungleland Zoo.

Kissimmee Activities

The notable Osceola County Softball Complex is a popular location and includes five quality softball fields. The Austin-Tindall Regional Park is popular for sports activities. The city features a large water park and numerous golf courses including Kissimmee Golf Club, Ginn Reunion Resort Golf Course and Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club. Excellent fishing opportunities are available at Lake Toho.

Visitors have opportunities to take a tour of the region's working cattle ranches. Tours of the Boggy Creek wetlands are available. The close by Lake Buena Vista is popular for outdoor activities. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes is well known for its largemouth bass fishing. Residents and visitors can easily take day trips to Melbourne Beach and other shoreline destinations.

Kissimmee Transportation

The city is served by the Orlando International Airport.

People

Total Population 65,422
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 10.5%
Employed Population 16+ 29,309
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 42.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.9%
Median Earnings25+ $24,729
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,605
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,825

Wealth

Median Family Income $39,789
% Above Poverty Level 74.4%
% Below Poverty Level 25.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 3%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.6%
Median Gross Rent $936
Median House Value $119,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68.7%
US/American 0%
English 3.3%
Irish 3.3%

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

Kissimmee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles S of Orlando, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles E of Tampa, Florida
County Osceola
Metro Area Orlando
Standard Zip Codes 34741, 34743, 34744, 34746, 34747, 34758, 34759
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34742, 34745
Phone Area Codes 863
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.291
Longitude -81.407

Kissimmee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station KISSIMMEE 2
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 72 F
Apr Temp 58 to 82 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
Station MOUNTAIN LAKE
Distance 27.4 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 72 F
Apr Temp 58 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 64 to 84 F
Annual Precip 47.7 inches
Station SANFORD ORLANDO
Distance 36.2 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 70 F
Apr Temp 57 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 64 to 83 F
Annual Precip 51.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Kissimmee, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Buena Ventura Lakes (34743)

Good Samaritan (34746)

Reunion (34747)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belle Isle 6,403 $85,476
Davenport 3,137 $43,984
Edgewood 2,690 $81,136
Haines City 21,624 $35,231
St. Cloud 41,502 $55,941
Windermere 3,106 $134,167

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

Kissimmee Public Libraries

Library
Osceola County Library System
211 E. DAKIN AVENUE
Kissimmee, Florida
(407) 935-0777

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Kissimmee Hospitals

OSCEOLA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
700 WEST OAK STREET
(407) 846-2266
Emergency Service: Yes

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Kissimmee High Schools

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GATEWAY HIGH SCHOOL
93 PANTHER PAWS TRAIL
407-935-3600
Serves 2,713 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

OSCEOLA HIGH SCHOOL
420 S THACKER AVENUE
407-518-5400
Serves 2,453 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.3

POINCIANA HIGH SCHOOL
2300 S POINCIANA BOULEVAR
407-870-4860
Serves 2,119 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

NEPTUNE MIDDLE SCHOOL
2727 NEPTUNE ROAD
407-935-3500
Serves 1,618 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

PROFESSIONAL & TECHNICAL HIGH
501 SIMPSON ROAD
407-344-5080
Serves 532 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 35.5

OSCEOLA COUNTY SCHOOL OF ARTS
3151 N ORANGE BLOSSOM TRA
407-931-4803
Serves 506 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

NEW BEGINNINGS EDUCATION COMPLEX
2320 NEW BEGINNINGS ROAD
407-344-5010
A Non-traditional School
Serves 318 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.9

NEW DIMENSIONS HIGH SCHOOL
4900 PLEASANT HILL ROAD
407-870-9949
A Charter School.
Serves 236 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

CHALLENGER
2220 E IRLO BRONSON HIGHW
407-870-2453
A Non-traditional School
Serves 97 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 48.5

OSCEOLA CO. JUVENILE JUSTICE
2330 NEW BEGINNINGS ROAD
407-943-3055
Serves 48 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

OSCEOLA CO COMMITMENT FACILITY
2330 NEW BEGINNINGS ROAD
407-943-3055
Serves 45 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

HOSPITAL/HOMEBOUND PROGRAM
805 BILL BECK BOULEVARD
407-343-8718
A Special Education School
Serves 41 students.

F.U.T.U.R.E.
WALT DISNEY WORLD
407-560-7707
A Non-traditional School
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

ENDEAVOR
2220 E IRLO BRONSON HIGHW
407-846-1174
A Non-traditional School
Serves 35 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 35

VISION
3279 S JOHN YOUNG PARKWAY
407-343-8713
A Non-traditional School
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29

GED EXIT OPTION PROGRAM
705 SIMPSON ROAD PORT #1
407-518-8140
A Non-traditional School
Serves 21 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

EXPRESSIONS
2417 E IRLO BRONSON
407-931-2751
A Non-traditional School
Serves 17 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

OSCEOLA CO DEPT OF CORRECTIONS
817 BILL BECK BOULEVARD
407-348-1180
Serves 15 students.

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