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Overview

Introduction to Tavares, Florida

Tavares, Florida is 27 miles NW of Orlando, Florida (center to center) and 74 miles NE of Tampa, Florida. It is located in Lake County and is part of the Orlando metro area. 

Tavares History

The city of Tavares was founded in 1880 by Alexander St. Clair-Abrams and was incorporated in the same year. He named the city after a Portuguese ancestor. Clair-Abram’s dream of the city becoming the capital of Florida was not fulfilled, but the city became the seat of Lake County in 1887.

Tavares and Nearby Attractions

  • Gatorland.
  • Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Site.
  • Lake Griffin State Park.
  • Lake County Historical Museum.
  • Disney World.
  • Universal Studios.

Things To Do In Tavares

Opportunities to play golf in Tavares are available at Black Bear Golf Club and Baytree Golf Course. The Everglades National Park has numerous rare and endangered species. Nearby parks include Alexander Springs Recreation Area, Astor Recreation Park and Beakman Lake Recreation Area. Local celebrations include the Miami International Song Festival, the Alligator Alley Rock Band Tournament and John Levique Pirate Days.

Tavares Transportation

Air transportion is available at Orlando International Airport.

Tavares Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Lake-Sumter Community College, Central Florida Community College and Florida Christian College.

People

Total Population 14,608
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 35.4%
Employed Population 16+ 4,421
Age of the Population 54

Families

% of people married 50.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,007
% Above Poverty Level 86.5%
% Below Poverty Level 13.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 36%
Median Gross Rent $920
Median House Value $97,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.5%
US/American 0%
English 14.6%
Irish 11.3%

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

Tavares Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles NW of Orlando, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 74 miles NE of Tampa, Florida
County Lake
Metro Area Orlando
Standard Zip Codes 32778
Phone Area Codes 352
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.803
Longitude -81.725

Tavares 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 LISBON
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 68 F
Apr Temp 57 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 62 to 83 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Station SANFORD ORLANDO
Distance 27.8 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 28.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Tavares, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Deer Island (32778)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Astatula 1,541 $47,438
Eustis 19,198 $47,802
Fruitland Park 4,330 $46,159
Leesburg 21,209 $41,594
Mount Dora 12,929 $58,048
Umatilla 3,586 $45,500

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

Tavares Public Libraries

Library
Lake County Library System
312 W MAIN ST.
Tavares, Florida
(352) 253-6180
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Tavares Hospitals

FLORIDA HOSPITAL WATERMAN
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1000 WATERMAN WAY
(352) 253-3300
Emergency Service: Yes

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TAVARES HIGH SCHOOL
603 N NEW HAMPSHIRE AVENU
352-343-3007
Serves 1,087 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

LAKE COUNTY ACER PROGRAM
551 W MAIN STREET
352-343-3531
Serves 6 students.

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