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Overview

Introduction to Arcadia, Florida

Arcadia, Florida, in De Soto county, is 43 miles N of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center) and 66 miles SE of Tampa, Florida.

Arcadia History

Arcadia was named by Rev. James Hendry after Arcadia Arbitton, who was the daughter of one of the pioneer settlers. A major event in the history of Arcadia was a devastating fire that destroyed the whole town on Thanksgiving Day in 1905. Though there was no loss of life, most of the business district was destroyed and the property damage was so high that it took many years for the town to recover from the consequences of the fire. Arcadia was also home to a grass airfield called the Carlstrom Field for the U.S. Army Air Service, between 1917 and 1922. Later on in 1941, it was used as an airfield for military primary flight training. In 2004, this city suffered from massive destruction due to Hurricane Charley.

Arcadia and Nearby Attractions

  • Arcadia Peace River Campground.
  • Craig's RV Park.
  • Big Tree RV Resort.
  • Toby's RV Resort.
  • Little Willies.
  • Morgan Park.
  • Arcadia Parks & Recreation.
  • Southern Meadows Driving Range.
  • Kingsway Country Club.
  • Cross Creek RV Resort.

Arcadia Activities

Every January, the city hosts the annual fair of DeSoto County. The fair is celebrated in the conventional fashion with a carnival; it also has livestock shows with cattle and swine. The local rodeo association arranges rodeos in March, the Fourth of July and during Fall. A local watermelon festival is organized by the Florida Watermelon Association every year in May; this festival includes many types of contests and pageants.

Arcadia Transportation

The Arcadia Municipal Airport serves as the public-use airport.

Arcadia Higher Education

The South Florida Community College serves the educational requirements of the city.

People

Total Population 7,704
Male Share of the Population 51.4%
Female Share of the Population 48.6%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,601
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 34.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 7.4%
Median Earnings25+ $25,211
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,301
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,766

Wealth

Median Family Income $35,489
% Above Poverty Level 67.6%
% Below Poverty Level 32.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 6.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 31%
Median Gross Rent $671
Median House Value $71,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.2%
US/American 0%
English 6.5%
Irish 5.4%

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

Arcadia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 43 miles N of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 66 miles SE of Tampa, Florida
County De Soto
Standard Zip Codes 34266, 34269
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34265
Phone Area Codes 863
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.18
Longitude -81.81

Arcadia 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 ARCADIA
Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 73 F
Apr Temp 57 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 64 to 85 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Station MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK
Distance 31.4 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 75 F
Apr Temp 58 to 86 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 65 to 87 F
Annual Precip 58.9 inches
Station AVON PARK 2 W
Distance 33.7 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 73 F
Apr Temp 59 to 83 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 64 to 84 F
Annual Precip 49 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lake Suzy (34266, 34269)

Sidell (34266)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Punta Gorda 17,288 $72,627
Zolfo Springs 2,003 $35,500

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

Arcadia Hospitals

DESOTO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
900 N ROBERTS AVE
(863) 494-3535
Emergency Service: Yes

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Arcadia High Schools

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DESOTO HIGH SCHOOL
1710 E GIBSON STREET
863-494-3434
Serves 1,207 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

JOSHUA CREEK CENTER (FORMERLY DESOTO
310 WHIDDEN STREET
863-993-1333
Serves 121 students.

CARLSTROM CENTER (FORMERLY DESOTO DUAL DIAGN
530 LASOLONA AVENUE
863-494-4222
Serves 118 students.

KINGSLEY CENTER
530 LASOLONA AVENUE
863-494-4222
Serves 78 students.

DESOTO OUTWARD BOUND CENTER
530 LASALONA AVENUE
863-494-4222
Serves 24 students.

HOSPITAL AND HOMEBOUND
530 LASALONA AVENUE
863-494-4222
A Special Education School
Serves 7 students.

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