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Overview

Introduction to Okeechobee, Florida

Okeechobee, Florida, in Okeechobee county, is 29 miles W of Port St. Lucie, Florida and 109 miles N of Miami, Florida. The city is considered part of the Orlando metropolitan area. 

Okeechobee History

The name of the city is derived from the Muskogean word for big water. Lake Okeechobee, commonly referred to as The Lake or The Big O, is located in Okeechobee County, which was formed in 1917.

Okeechobee and Nearby Attractions

  • Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum.
  • Zora Neale Hurston House.
  • Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Fort Pierce Inlet State Park.
  • Okee-Tantie Recreation Area.

Things To Do In Okeechobee

The Burt Reynolds Museum is nearby. Local golf courses include the Okeechobee Golf Course and the Blue Heron Golf & Country Club. Tours and cruises are available on and around Lake Okeechobee. The Lion Country Safari is a popular spot among children.

Okeechobee Transportation

Palm Beach International is the nearest major airport.

Okeechobee Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include the Indian River Community College, the Florida Institute of Technology, Palm Beach Atlantic College, Palm Beach Community College and Brevard Community College.

People

Total Population 5,566
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,285
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,302
% Above Poverty Level 72.4%
% Below Poverty Level 27.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 25.5%
Median Gross Rent $690
Median House Value $106,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.1%
US/American 0%
English 11.9%
Irish 9%

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

Okeechobee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles W of Port St. Lucie, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 109 miles N of Miami, Florida
County Okeechobee
Metro Area Orlando
Standard Zip Codes 34972, 34974
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34973
Phone Area Codes 863
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.243
Longitude -80.83

Okeechobee 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 OKEECHOBEE
Distance 3 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 75 F
Apr Temp 61 to 83 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 67 to 85 F
Annual Precip 45.6 inches
Station FORT DRUM 5 NW
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 75 F
Apr Temp 58 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 52.8 inches
Station CLEWISTON US ENGINEERS
Distance 34.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Basinger (34972)

Yeehaw (34972)

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

Okeechobee Hospitals

RAULERSON HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1796 HIGHWAY 441 N
(863) 763-2151
Emergency Service: Yes

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Okeechobee High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

OKEECHOBEE HIGH SCHOOL
2800 HIGHWAY 441 N
863-462-5025
Serves 1,226 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

NEW ENDEAVOR HIGH SCHOOL
575 SW 28TH STREET
863-462-5125
A Non-traditional School
Serves 244 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

OKEECHOBEE BOYS SCHOOL
7202 HIGHWAY 441 N
863-763-2174
A Non-traditional School
Serves 142 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

OKEECHOBEE JUVENILE JUSTICE-LEVEL 2
5050 NE 168TH STREET
863-462-5125
A Non-traditional School
Serves 86 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

OKEECHOBEE JUVENILE JUSTICE VISION QUEST-LEVEL 6
42660 HIGHWAY 41 N
863-763-6019
A Non-traditional School
Serves 55 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

OKEECHOBEE JUVENILE JUSTICE-LEVEL 4
42660 HIGHWAY 441 N
863-763-6019
A Non-traditional School
Serves 54 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

OKEECHOBEE JUVENILE JUSTICE-LEVEL 6
1117 NE 39TH BOULEVARD
863-462-5125
A Non-traditional School
Serves 51 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

EXCEPTIONAL CHILD CENTER
700 SW 2ND AVENUE
863-462-5000
A Special Education School
Serves 6 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.8

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