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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.

People

Total Population 56,170
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 23,502
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 37.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.1%
Median Earnings25+ $27,814
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,385
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,848

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,275
% Above Poverty Level 78.2%
% Below Poverty Level 21.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.3%
Median Gross Rent $961
Median House Value $102,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.4%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 7.1%

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

Sanford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles S of Deltona, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles NE of Tampa, Florida
County Seminole
Metro Area Orlando
Standard Zip Codes 32771, 32773
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32772
Phone Area Codes 407
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.758
Longitude -81.294

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)

Station SANFORD ORLANDO
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 70 F
Apr Temp 57 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 64 to 83 F
Annual Precip 51.3 inches
Station DELAND 1 SSE
Distance 17.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 70 F
Apr Temp 56 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 62 to 83 F
Annual Precip 57 inches
Station BUSHNELL 2 E
Distance 48.3 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 71 F
Apr Temp 57 to 84 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 62 to 85 F
Annual Precip 49.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Altamonte Springs 42,218 $55,986
Casselberry 26,663 $49,409
Lake Mary 15,038 $102,720
Longwood 13,848 $67,377
Oviedo 36,617 $90,879
Winter Springs 33,973 $79,301

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

Sanford Public Libraries

Library
Seminole County Public Library System
1101 E. FIRST ST.
Sanford, Florida
(407) 330-3737
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Sanford Hospitals

CENTRAL FLORIDA REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1401 W SEMINOLE BLVD
(407) 321-4500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sanford High Schools

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SEMINOLE HIGH SCHOOL
2701 RIDGEWOOD AVENUE
407-320-5050
Serves 2,763 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

CROOMS ACADEMY/INFO TECHNOLOGY
2200 W 13TH STREET
407-320-5750
Serves 402 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

ACS SEMINOLE ALTERNATIVES
520 W LAKE MARY BOULEVARD
407-321-5627
A Non-traditional School
Serves 177 students.

HOSPITAL HOMEBOUND PROGRAM
400 EAST LAKE MARY BOULEV
407-320-0210
A Special Education School
Serves 55 students.

HOPPER CENTER
1101 BAY AVENUE
407-320-3950
A Special Education School
Serves 54 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6

SEMINOLE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER
200 BUSH BOULEVARD
407-320-0238
Serves 45 students.

ACS GOALS II
401 PECAN STREET
407-320-0167
A Non-traditional School
Serves 29 students.

ACS CONSEQUENCE UNIT
3026 CARRIER AVE BLDG 439
407-328-3958
A Non-traditional School
Serves 24 students.

CONTRACTED SERVICES
400 EAST LAKE MARY BOULEV
407-320-0422
A Non-traditional School
Serves 24 students.

BOYS TOWN
400 E LAKE MARY BOULEVARD
407-320-0166
A Non-traditional School
Serves 11 students.

JOHN POLK ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
400 EAST LAKE MARY BOULEV
407-320-0238
A Non-traditional School
Serves 8 students.

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