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Overview

Introduction to Sanford, Florida

Sanford, Florida, in Seminole county, is 10 miles S of Deltona, Florida (center to center) and 90 miles NE of Tampa, Florida. The city is located along the shoreline of Lake Monroe at the head of the St. Johns River in Central Florida. It features numerous marinas and provides boats and commercial vessels access to the Atlantic Ocean. The city includes a large number of old commercial buildings and residential homes and has a small town rural atmosphere.

Sanford History

The Timucuan Indians were the original inhabitants. By 1760 the Timucuan population was wiped out by war and disease which led to the Seminole Indians becoming the new residents. In 1821 the United States acquired the Florida region from Spain, however the Seminole Wars postponed the settlement of the territory. After the Indian battles were over, a large number of orange groves were established. In 1870, General Henry Shelton Sanford purchased a vast acreage and laid out the city of Sanford. The city was incorporated in 1877.

Swedes were brought in to convert the wilderness landscape into a major citrus area. The region became one of the major suppliers of oranges in the world after the arrival of the railroad. The decline in the agricultural industry began in 1940 due to the desirability of growing crops in South Florida where frost wasn't an issue. In 1942 the Naval Air Station at Sanford was constructed. It was closed in 1968 which harmed the local economy.

Sanford Attractions

  • Central Florida Zoological Park.
  • Sanford Museum.
  • Museum of Seminole County History.
  • Jazzed in Sanford.
  • Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium.
  • Cinema in the Park.
  • River Walk.
  • Palms Island Resort and Marina.
  • Big Tree County Park.
  • Colonial Town Park.
  • Historic Downtown Sanford.
  • Jeanine Taylor Folk Art.
  • The Helen Stairs Theatre.

Sanford Activities

Tourists enjoy the cruises along the scenic St. John's River which provide opportunities to see heron, osprey, eagles, manatee and other types of wildlife. Lake Dot Park is noteworthy for fishing. Sanford River Walk provides scenic views of Lake Monroe. Lake Jesup is popular with residents. The nearby Wekiwa Springs State Park is a large scenic acreage.

Golfers enjoy the area's numerous quality courses including the Mayfair Country Club, Magnolia Plantation Golf Club and the Timacuan Golf & Country Club. The popular Sea World Orlando, Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Islands of Adventure are nearby.

Sanford Transportation

The Orlando Sanford International Airport provides air travel for the region.

Sanford Higher Education

Seminole Community College provides opportunities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population57,039
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens12.2%
Employed Population 16+24,727
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married36.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.8%
Median Earnings25+$29,334
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,755

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,591
% Above Poverty Level77.8%
% Below Poverty Level22.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone31.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,001
Median House Value$105,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)52.6%
Irish7.2%
German6.8%
English5.2%
Italian4.8%
Polish2.8%
West Indian1.8%
French Except Basque1.7%
Scottish1.6%
Dutch1.6%
Jamaican1%
Swedish0.8%
African0.8%
Russian0.8%
Canadian0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Arab0.5%
Trinidad Tobago0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Haitian0.2%
British0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
South African0.1%
Czech0.1%
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Sanford Almanac

CategoryValue
County Seminole County
Standard Zip Codes32771, 32773
P.O. Box Zip Codes32772
Phone Area Codes321,407
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude28.81
Approximate Longitude-81.33

Sanford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationSANFORD ORLANDO
Distance3.3 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
StationDELAND 1 SSE
Distance17.9 miles
Jan Temp45 to 70 F
Apr Temp56 to 81 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp62 to 83 F
Annual Precip57 inches
StationBUSHNELL 2 E
Distance48.3 miles
Jan Temp47 to 71 F
Apr Temp57 to 84 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp62 to 85 F
Annual Precip49.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Altamonte Springs42,557$56,018
Casselberry26,649$52,467
Lake Mary15,478$107,588
Longwood14,117$64,560
Oviedo37,545$91,604
Winter Springs34,439$78,510

Sanford Hospitals

Central Florida Regional Hospital
(Proprietary)
1401 W Seminole Blvd
(407) 321-4500

Sanford Public Schools

Bentley Elementary School
2190 S Oregon Ave
ZIP: 32771
(407) 871-9950
Primary
Total Enrollment 977
Crooms Academy Of Information Technology
2200 W 13th St
ZIP: 32771
(407) 320-5750
High
Total Enrollment 652
Galileo School For Gifted Learning
2251 Jitway Ave
ZIP: 32771
(321) 249-9221
Primary
Total Enrollment 270
Goldsboro Elementary Magnet
1300 W 20th St
ZIP: 32771
(407) 320-5850
Primary
Total Enrollment 756
Hamilton Elementary School
1501 E 8th St
ZIP: 32771
(407) 320-6050
Primary
Total Enrollment 648
Idyllwilde Elementary School
430 Vihlen Rd
ZIP: 32771
(407) 320-3750
Primary
Total Enrollment 813
Journeys Academy
1722 W Airport Blvd
ZIP: 32771
(407) 320-7827
Other
Total Enrollment 187
Midway Elementary School
2368 Brisson Ave
ZIP: 32771
(407) 320-5950
Primary
Total Enrollment 794
Sanford Middle School
1700 S French Ave
ZIP: 32771
(407) 320-6150
Middle
Total Enrollment 1565
Scps Early Learning Coalition
1101 Bay Ave
ZIP: 32771
(407) 320-0228
Primary
Total Enrollment 40
Tapp Childcare Center
1211 S Mellonville Ave
ZIP: 32771
(407) 320-0167
Primary
Total Enrollment 5
Wilson Elementary School
985 S Orange Blvd
ZIP: 32771
(407) 320-6950
Primary
Total Enrollment 985
Contracted Services
400 E Lake Mary Blvd
ZIP: 32773
(407) 320-0422
Primary
Total Enrollment 3
John Polk Alternative School
211 Bush Blvd
ZIP: 32773
(407) 330-6750
Other
Millennium Middle School
21 Lakeview Ave
ZIP: 32773
(407) 320-6550
Middle
Total Enrollment 1572
Pine Crest Elementary School
405 W 27th St
ZIP: 32773
(407) 320-5450
Primary
Total Enrollment 814
Scps Consequence Unit
1151 E 28th St
ZIP: 32773
(407) 708-7640
Other
Total Enrollment 42
Seminole County Detention Center
200 Bush Blvd
ZIP: 32773
(407) 320-0317
Other
Total Enrollment 15
Seminole County Virtual Franchise (scvs)
400 E Lake Mary Blvd
ZIP: 32773
(407) 871-7287
Other
Total Enrollment 158
Seminole High School
2701 Ridgewood Ave
ZIP: 32773
(407) 320-5050
High
Total Enrollment 3111
Seminole Virtual Instruction (course Offerings)
400 E Lake Mary Blvd
ZIP: 32773
(407) 871-7287
Other
Seminole Virtual Instruction Program (svip)
400 E Lake Mary Blvd
ZIP: 32773
(407) 871-7287
Other
Ucp Seminole Child Development
301 Oak St
ZIP: 32773
(407) 852-3333
Primary
Total Enrollment 69
Wicklow Elementary School
100 Placid Lake Dr
ZIP: 32773
(407) 320-1250
Primary
Total Enrollment 673

Sanford Private Schools

Academy Of Learning
445 S Orange Blvd
ZIP: 32771
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
All Souls Catholic School
810 S Oak Ave
ZIP: 32771
Elementary
Total Enrollment 248
Holy Cross Lutheran Academy
5450 Holy Cross Ct
ZIP: 32771
Elementary
Total Enrollment 158
Lake Monroe Christian Academy
123 Lee Ave
ZIP: 32771
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
Lakeside Fellowship Umc Preschool & Kindergarten
305 S Orange Blvd
ZIP: 32771
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
New Life Christian Academy
1311 S Oak Ave
ZIP: 32771
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 22
Page Private School
100 Aero Ln
ZIP: 32771
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
Page Private School - Seminole Towne Center
100 Aero Ln
ZIP: 32771
Elementary
Total Enrollment 134
Riverwalk Christian Academy
801 W 22nd St
ZIP: 32771
Elementary
Total Enrollment 180
The Rock Academy
6641 W State Road 46
ZIP: 32771
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 32
Liberty Christian School
2626 S Palmetto Ave
ZIP: 32773
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 113
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