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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,965
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens36.1%
Employed Population 16+4,543
Age of the Population55

Families

% of people married47.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.6%
Median Earnings25+$24,600
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,313
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,333

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,858
% Above Poverty Level87.1%
% Below Poverty Level12.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone38.5%
Median Gross Rent$907
Median House Value$98,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.2%
English14.7%
Irish11.9%
Italian4.8%
French Except Basque3.4%
Polish2.9%
Scottish2.2%
West Indian1.9%
Dutch1.6%
Jamaican0.9%
Danishn0.9%
Russian0.9%
African0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Guyanese0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Norwegian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Austrian0.3%
German0.3%
Albanian0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Arab0.2%
Czech0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Israeli0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Tavares Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes32778
Phone Area Codes352
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude28.8
Approximate Longitude-81.73

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)

StationLISBON
Distance5.6 miles
Jan Temp45 to 68 F
Apr Temp57 to 81 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp62 to 83 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches
StationSANFORD ORLANDO
Distance27.8 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
Distance28.8 miles
Jan Temp45 to 70 F
Apr Temp56 to 81 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp62 to 83 F
Annual Precip57 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Astatula1,629$50,833
Eustis19,661$50,469
Fruitland Park4,686$51,354
Leesburg21,570$44,481
Mount Dora13,204$61,182
Umatilla3,639$39,934

Tavares Public Libraries

Lake County Library System
2401 WOODLEA RD.
Tavares, Florida
(352) 253-6180

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Tavares Hospitals

Florida Hospital Waterman
(Non-profit)
1000 Waterman Way
(352) 253-3300

Tavares Public Schools

Lake County Acer Program
551 W Main St
ZIP: 32778
(352) 253-6675
Other
Total Enrollment 8
Non School Pk
201 W Burleigh Blvd
ZIP: 32778
(352) 253-6780
Primary
Total Enrollment 14
Nonschool Exceptional Education
201 W Burleigh Blvd
ZIP: 32778
(352) 253-6600
Other
Total Enrollment 23
Tavares Elementary School
720 E Clifford St
ZIP: 32778
(352) 343-2861
Primary
Total Enrollment 881
Tavares High School
603 N New Hampshire Ave
ZIP: 32778
(352) 343-3007
High
Total Enrollment 1236
Tavares Middle School
1335 Lane Park Cutoff Ofc
ZIP: 32778
(352) 343-4545
Middle
Total Enrollment 1016

Tavares Private Schools

Adventure Christian Academy
3800 State Road 19
ZIP: 32778
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 123
Liberty Christian Academy
2451 Dora Ave
ZIP: 32778
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 150
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