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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population66,840
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens11%
Employed Population 16+30,483
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married41.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.2%
Median Earnings25+$24,935
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,395
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,237

Wealth

Median Family Income$40,856
% Above Poverty Level75.3%
% Below Poverty Level24.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone22.7%
Median Gross Rent$968
Median House Value$136,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)69%
German4.1%
Irish3.8%
West Indian3.4%
Italian3.3%
English2.9%
Arab1.7%
French Except Basque1.2%
Jamaican1.2%
African1%
Scottish0.8%
Polish0.7%
Haitian0.7%
Moroccan0.6%
Russian0.5%
Trinidad Tobago0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Czech0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Swedish0.1%
Belizean0.1%
British0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
South African0.1%
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Kissimmee Almanac

CategoryValue
County Osceola County, Polk County
Standard Zip Codes34741, 34744, 34746, 34758, 34759, 34747, 34743
P.O. Box Zip Codes34742, 34745
Phone Area Codes321,407, 863
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude28.3
Approximate Longitude-81.41

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)

StationKISSIMMEE 2
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp48 to 72 F
Apr Temp58 to 82 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp65 to 85 F
Annual Precip48 inches
StationMOUNTAIN LAKE
Distance27.4 miles
Jan Temp49 to 72 F
Apr Temp58 to 83 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp64 to 84 F
Annual Precip47.7 inches
StationSANFORD ORLANDO
Distance36.2 miles
Jan Temp47 to 70 F
Apr Temp57 to 81 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp64 to 83 F
Annual Precip51.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belle Isle6,542$86,000
Davenport3,359$47,557
Edgewood2,735$80,045
Haines City22,138$33,963
St. Cloud44,198$56,381
Windermere3,175$147,250

Kissimmee Public Libraries

Osceola Library System
211 E. DAKIN AVENUE
Kissimmee, Florida
(407) 742-8888

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Kissimmee Hospitals

Florida Hospital Kissimmee
(Non-profit)
2450 N Orange Blossom Trl
(407) 846-4343
Osceola Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
700 W Oak St
(407) 846-2266

Kissimmee Public Schools

Avant Garde Academy K8 Osceola
2880 N Orange Blossom Trail
ZIP: 34741
(321) 697-3800
Central Avenue Elementary School
500 W Columbia Ave
ZIP: 34741
(407) 343-7330
Primary
Total Enrollment 731
Flora Ridge Elementary School
2900 Dyer Blvd
ZIP: 34741
(407) 933-3999
Primary
Total Enrollment 923
Highlands Elementary School
800 W Donegan Ave
ZIP: 34741
(407) 935-3620
Primary
Total Enrollment 989
Kissimmee Elementary School
3700 W Donegan Ave
ZIP: 34741
(407) 935-3640
Primary
Total Enrollment 1046
Kissimmee Middle School
2410 Dyer Blvd
ZIP: 34741
(407) 870-0857
Middle
Total Enrollment 1252
New Beginnings Education Center
2599 West Vine St
ZIP: 34741
(407) 348-4466
Other
Total Enrollment 209
Osceola High School
420 S Thacker Ave
ZIP: 34741
(407) 518-5400
High
Total Enrollment 2642
Pleasant Hill Elementary School
1253 Pleasant Hill Rd
ZIP: 34741
(407) 935-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 964
Thacker Avenue Elementary For International Studies
301 N Thacker Ave
ZIP: 34741
(407) 935-3540
Primary
Total Enrollment 955
Ucp Osceola Charter School
448 W Donegan Ave
ZIP: 34741
(407) 932-3445
Primary
Total Enrollment 63
Boggy Creek Elementary School
810 Florida Pkwy
ZIP: 34743
(407) 344-5060
Primary
Total Enrollment 760
Cypress Elementary School
2251 Lakeside Dr
ZIP: 34743
(407) 344-5000
Primary
Total Enrollment 729
Parkway Middle School
857 Florida Pkwy
ZIP: 34743
(407) 344-7000
Middle
Total Enrollment 934
Ventura Elementary School
275 Waters Edge Dr
ZIP: 34743
(407) 344-5040
Primary
Total Enrollment 960
Adult Learning Center Osceola
2320 New Beginnings Rd
ZIP: 34744
(407) 518-8140
Other
Avant Garde Academy
2880 N Orange Blossom Trail
ZIP: 34744
(321) 697-3800
Other
Total Enrollment 524
Challenger Learning
2320 New Beginnings Rd
ZIP: 34744
(407) 518-8140
High
Denn John Middle School
2001 Denn John Ln
ZIP: 34744
(407) 935-3560
Middle
Total Enrollment 1007
East Lake Elementary School
4001 Boggy Creek Rd
ZIP: 34744
(407) 943-8450
Primary
Total Enrollment 1013
Gateway High School
93 Panther Paws Trl
ZIP: 34744
(407) 935-3600
High
Total Enrollment 2505
Hospital/homebound Program
805 Bill Beck Blvd
ZIP: 34744
(407) 343-8703
Other
Total Enrollment 5
Kissimmee Charter Academy
2850 Bill Beck Blvd
ZIP: 34744
(407) 847-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 779
Mavericks High School
1100 N Main St
ZIP: 34744
(321) 250-1871
High
Total Enrollment 548
Mill Creek Elementary School
1700 Mill Slough Rd
ZIP: 34744
(407) 935-3660
Primary
Total Enrollment 1009
Neptune Middle School
2727 Neptune Rd
ZIP: 34744
(407) 935-3500
Middle
Total Enrollment 1302
Osceola County School For The Arts
3151 N Orange Blossom Trl
ZIP: 34744
(407) 931-4803
Other
Total Enrollment 936
Osceola Regional Juvenile Commitment Facility
2330 New Beginnings Rd
ZIP: 34744
(407) 348-4218
High
Total Enrollment 13
P. M. Wells Charter Academy
2426 Remington Blvd
ZIP: 34744
(321) 697-1020
Primary
Total Enrollment 867
Partin Settlement Elementary School
2434 Remington Blvd
ZIP: 34744
(407) 518-2000
Primary
Total Enrollment 831
Professional & Technical High School
501 Simpson Rd
ZIP: 34744
(407) 518-5407
High
Total Enrollment 623
Technical Education Center Osceola
501 Simpson Rd
ZIP: 34744
(407) 344-5080
Other
Zenith
2218 E Irlo Bronson Memorial
ZIP: 34744
(407) 846-3976
High
Total Enrollment 544
Acclaim Academy Of Florida Inc
3540 Pleasant Hill Rd
ZIP: 34746
(407) 343-9750
High
Total Enrollment 396
Bellalago Charter Academy
3651 Pleasant Hill Rd
ZIP: 34746
(407) 933-1690
Primary
Total Enrollment 1319
Brighton Lakes Charter School
3955 Reaves Rd
ZIP: 34746
(407) 870-4008
Horizon Middle School
2020 Ham Brown Rd
ZIP: 34746
(407) 943-7240
Middle
Total Enrollment 1223
Liberty High School
4250 Pleasant Hill Rd
ZIP: 34746
(407) 933-3910
High
Total Enrollment 2016
Montessori Charter Academy
5260 W Irlo Bronson Hgwy
ZIP: 34746
(407) 985-4732
Sunrise Elementary School
1925 Ham Brown Rd
ZIP: 34746
(407) 870-4866
Primary
Total Enrollment 1043
Westside K-8 School
2551 Westside Blvd
ZIP: 34747
(407) 390-1748
Primary
Total Enrollment 1538
Deerwood Elementary School
3701 Marigold Ave
ZIP: 34758
(407) 870-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 736
Discovery Intermediate School
5350 San Miguel Rd
ZIP: 34758
(407) 343-7300
Middle
Total Enrollment 1152
I Virtual League Academy
5125 Robert Mclane Blvd, 5th F, Oor
ZIP: 34758
(407) 520-5002
Koa Elementary School
5000 Koa St
ZIP: 34758
(407) 518-1161
Primary
Total Enrollment 792
Poinciana Academy Of Fine Arts
4201 Rhododendron Ave
ZIP: 34758
(407) 343-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 821
Poinciana High School
2300 S Poinciana Blvd
ZIP: 34758
(407) 870-4860
High
Total Enrollment 1582
Reedy Creek Elementary School
5100 Eagles Trl
ZIP: 34758
(407) 935-3580
Primary
Total Enrollment 988
Renaissance Charter School At Poinciana
5125 Robert Mclane Blvd
ZIP: 34758
(407) 569-0639
Primary
Total Enrollment 1094
Chestnut Elementary School For Science And Engineering
4300 Chestnut St
ZIP: 34759
(407) 870-4862
Primary
Total Enrollment 773
New Dimensions High School
4900 Old Pleasnt Hilll Rd
ZIP: 34759
(407) 870-9949
High
Total Enrollment 416
Technical Education Center Osceola-poinciana Campus
1020 Cypress Parkway
ZIP: 34759
(407) 343-7341
High

Kissimmee Private Schools

First United Methodist School
122 W Sproule Ave
ZIP: 34741
Elementary
Total Enrollment 132
Holy Redeemer Catholic School
1800 W Columbia Ave
ZIP: 34741
Elementary
Total Enrollment 228
North Kissimmee Christian School
425 W Donegan Ave
ZIP: 34741
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 131
Osceola Christian Preparatory School
407 E Main St
ZIP: 34741
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 78
Otis Memorial Academy
730 N Central Ave
ZIP: 34741
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 19
Trinity Lutheran School
3016 W Vine St
ZIP: 34741
Elementary
Total Enrollment 109
City Of Life Christian Academy
2874 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
ZIP: 34744
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 364
Faith Harvest Christian Academy
1537 Mill Slough Rd
ZIP: 34744
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 64
Heritage Christian School
1500 E Vine St
ZIP: 34744
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 489
Life Christian Academy
2269 Partin Settlement Rd
ZIP: 34744
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 259
Osceola Adventist Christian School
2391 Fortune Rd
ZIP: 34744
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 67
Shady Oaks Private School
2355 N Orange Blossom Trl
ZIP: 34744
Elementary
Total Enrollment 60
Peace Lutheran School
3249 Windmill Point Blvd
ZIP: 34746
Elementary
Total Enrollment 38
Pleasant Hill Academy
2525 Trafalgar Blvd
ZIP: 34758
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 227
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