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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,582
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens16.5%
Employed Population 16+2,110
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married46.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher8.5%
Median Earnings25+$26,033
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,220
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,784

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,892
% Above Poverty Level72.6%
% Below Poverty Level27.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.5%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone23.3%
Median Gross Rent$648
Median House Value$102,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)50.6%
German9.5%
English9.4%
Irish7.4%
Italian2.8%
Scottish1.3%
Polish1%
Dutch0.8%
French Except Basque0.6%
Arab0.4%
Swiss0.2%
Swedish0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
African0.1%
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Okeechobee Almanac

CategoryValue
County Okeechobee County
Standard Zip Codes34974, 34972
P.O. Box Zip Codes34973
Phone Area Codes863
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude27.24
Approximate Longitude-80.82

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)

StationOKEECHOBEE
Distance3 miles
Jan Temp52 to 75 F
Apr Temp61 to 83 F
Jul Temp73 to 91 F
Oct Temp67 to 85 F
Annual Precip45.6 inches
StationFORT DRUM 5 NW
Distance23.5 miles
Jan Temp50 to 75 F
Apr Temp58 to 83 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp65 to 85 F
Annual Precip52.8 inches
StationCLEWISTON US ENGINEERS
Distance34.6 miles
Jan Temp55 to 74 F
Apr Temp63 to 84 F
Jul Temp73 to 92 F
Oct Temp70 to 85 F
Annual Precip45.4 inches

Okeechobee Hospitals

Raulerson Hospital
(Proprietary)
1796 Hwy 441 North
(863) 824-2760

Okeechobee Public Schools

Cypress Juvenile Residential Facility
1117 Ne 39th Blvd
ZIP: 34972
(863) 824-6114
Other
Total Enrollment 26
North Elementary School
3000 Nw 10th Ter
ZIP: 34972
(863) 462-5100
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
Okeechobee Achievement Academy
1000 Nw 34th St
ZIP: 34972
(863) 462-5125
Other
Total Enrollment 156
Okeechobee High School
2800 Us Highway 441 N
ZIP: 34972
(863) 462-5025
High
Total Enrollment 1751
Okeechobee Intensive Halfway House
800 Ne 72nd Cir N
ZIP: 34972
(863) 357-0047
Other
Total Enrollment 30
Okeechobee Youth Development Center
7202 Us Highway 441 N
ZIP: 34972
(863) 467-0124
Other
Total Enrollment 128
Seminole Elementary School
2690 Nw 42nd Ave
ZIP: 34972
(863) 462-5116
Primary
Total Enrollment 664
Tantie Juvenile Residential Facility
5050 Ne 168th St
ZIP: 34972
(863) 357-9922
High
Total Enrollment 72
Yearling Middle School
925 Nw 23rd Ln
ZIP: 34972
(863) 462-5056
Middle
Total Enrollment 667
Central Elementary School
610 Sw 5th Ave
ZIP: 34974
(863) 462-5077
Primary
Total Enrollment 616
Everglades Elementary School
3725 Se 8th St
ZIP: 34974
(863) 462-5108
Primary
Total Enrollment 614
Okeechobee Freshman Campus
610 Sw 2nd Ave
ZIP: 34974
(863) 462-5288
Okeechobee Virtual Franchise
700 Sw 2nd Ave
ZIP: 34974
(863) 462-5000
Other
Total Enrollment 15
Okeechobee Virtual Instruction Program
700 Sw 2nd Ave
ZIP: 34974
(863) 462-5000
Primary
Osceola Middle School
825 Sw 28th St
ZIP: 34974
(863) 462-5070
Middle
Total Enrollment 667
Pemayetv Emahakv Charter "our Way School"
100 E Harney Pond Rd Ne
ZIP: 34974
(863) 467-2501
Primary
Total Enrollment 197
Pemayetv Emahakv Charter Middle School
100 E Harney Pond Rd Ne
ZIP: 34974
(863) 467-2501
Middle
Total Enrollment 73
South Elementary School
2468 Sw 7th Ave
ZIP: 34974
(863) 462-5087
Primary
Total Enrollment 496
Student Serv./special Programs
700 Sw 2nd Ave
ZIP: 34974
(863) 462-5000
Primary
Total Enrollment 7

Okeechobee Private Schools

Okeechobee Adventist Christian School
412 Nw 6th St
ZIP: 34972
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Peace Lutheran School
750 Nw 23rd Ln
ZIP: 34972
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Okeechobee Christian Academy
701 S Parrott Ave
ZIP: 34974
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 127
Rock Solid Christian Academy
401 Sw 4th St
ZIP: 34974
Elementary
Total Enrollment 73
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