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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,761
Male Share of the Population51.8%
Female Share of the Population48.2%
Senior Citizens12.9%
Employed Population 16+2,722
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married37.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher9%
Median Earnings25+$25,403
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,046
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,092

Wealth

Median Family Income$31,424
% Above Poverty Level63.4%
% Below Poverty Level36.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation7.2%

Housing

People Living Alone33.3%
Median Gross Rent$678
Median House Value$80,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)58.2%
English7.9%
German5.3%
Irish4.6%
Italian1.2%
French Except Basque0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Scottish0.6%
West Indian0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Ukrainian0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Polish0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Russian0.1%
African0.1%
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Arcadia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Desoto County, DeSoto County
Standard Zip Codes34266, 34269
P.O. Box Zip Codes34265
Phone Area Codes863
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude27.21
Approximate Longitude-81.85

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)

StationARCADIA
Distance4.3 miles
Jan Temp48 to 73 F
Apr Temp57 to 83 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp64 to 85 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches
StationMYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK
Distance31.4 miles
Jan Temp50 to 75 F
Apr Temp58 to 86 F
Jul Temp71 to 93 F
Oct Temp65 to 87 F
Annual Precip58.9 inches
StationAVON PARK 2 W
Distance33.7 miles
Jan Temp48 to 73 F
Apr Temp59 to 83 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp64 to 84 F
Annual Precip49 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Punta Gorda17,721$74,286
Zolfo Springs2,059$31,786

Arcadia Hospitals

Desoto Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
900 N Robert Ave
(863) 494-8402

Arcadia Public Schools

Desoto Alternative Program
930 E Cypress St
ZIP: 34266
(863) 494-0377
Other
Total Enrollment 29
Desoto County Adult Education Center
310 W Whidden St
ZIP: 34266
(863) 993-1333
Other
Desoto County High School
1710 E Gibson St
ZIP: 34266
(863) 494-3434
High
Total Enrollment 1178
Desoto Middle School
420 E Gibson St
ZIP: 34266
(863) 494-4133
Middle
Total Enrollment 1042
Desoto Virtual Instruction Program
494 N Manatee Ave
ZIP: 34266
(863) 993-1333
Other
Early Education Center
318 N Wilson Ave
ZIP: 34266
(863) 494-9303
Primary
Total Enrollment 51
Hospital And Homebound
494 N Manatee Ave
ZIP: 34266
(863) 993-1333
Other
Total Enrollment 1
Memorial Elementary School
851 E Hickory St
ZIP: 34266
(863) 494-0755
Primary
Total Enrollment 982
Reduced Services
494 N Manatee Ave
ZIP: 34266
(863) 993-1333
Other
Total Enrollment 10
West Elementary School
304 W Imogene St
ZIP: 34266
(863) 494-3155
Primary
Total Enrollment 847
Spring Lake Youth Academy
8805 Sw Start Center St
ZIP: 34269
(863) 494-3434
Other
Total Enrollment 27

Arcadia Private Schools

Heritage Baptist Academy
27 N Polk Ave
ZIP: 34266
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 10
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