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By: Christa Fromang

AP Human Geography

period 3

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Location

Osceola County is located at 28

degrees, three minutes North

latitude and 81 degrees,

nineteen minutes West

longitude.

It is part of Central Florida and

is in a section of Florida that has

many hazardous vulnerabilities,

such as high winds, lightning

and major wildfires.

This part of Florida is also

subject to floods because of the

many surrounding water

sources available.

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In early 1991, Osceola County's Lakes Management

Advisory Committee was organized with

representatives of clubs and civic organizations that

were concerned with the health of the lakes in Osceola

County.

Lakes, ponds and the river systems are important

natural sources that are part of a water supply and

flood control system.

The Lakes Management Advisory Committee is

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One of the biggest issues in Osceola County is the reduction of its

water sources. Plants that thrive in water, like the hydrilla, can alter

water chemically and cause issues with the water, while a simple

concept like water usage is creating other problems. Because of its

limited water sources and high population growth rate, Osceola

county is one of the many counties that is high demand of either

improving upon conservation acts or finding other sources of water for

the county.

Unless many of the acts to conserve water are taken, there will be

more of a demand of water from out of county areas. One of the

conservation acts that is beginning to take effect, is called the

Environmental Land Conservation Program.

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Lake Jackson, located in Osceola County, Florida, is one of the water

sources currently being treated for hydrilla overtake because dense

concentrations of this plant can alter water chemistry and oxygen

levels, thereby polluting and interfering with the natural environment

around it.

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Geography Facts

Land area of

Osceola County,

(2000)

1,321.90 Square

Miles

Persons per

square mile, (2000)

130.5 Persons

FIPS Code

097

Metropolitan or

Micropolitan

statistical area

Orlando-Kissimmee, FL

Metro Area

FIPS Codes are a

standardized set of numeric or alphabetic codes issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. These codes ensure that uniform identification of geographic entities through all federal government

agencies.

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Government Structure

Osceola County

includes the cities and

towns of Campbell,

Celebration,

Champions Gate,

Kenansville, Poinciana,

Reunion, St. Cloud and

Kissimmee.

The county seat for

Osceola County is

located in Kissimmee,

Florida.

It is a county that is a

Charter county; this

means that it is an

administrative

sub-division of Florida.

This county is also

governed by three

individuals whom include

the County

Commissioner, the leader

of the Constitutional

officers and the

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in Osceola County

Osceola County has easily accessible campuses

for people to choose from once they are finished

with grades K-12.

The post-secondary campuses offered include

Stetson University at Celebration, TECO/PATHS

and the Valencia Community College.

Two of the major regional campuses in Osceola

County include the Rollins College and the

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According to the United States

Census Bureau, 2009, the population

of Osceola County was 270,618 and

is projected to reach 315,00 in the

year 2015.

The percent of natural increase from 2000 to 2009 was 56.9%.

-Two or more races, percent, 2009: 2.0% -Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009: 42.8%

-White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2009: 43.4%

-Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.1% -Male persons, percent, 2009: 49.9% -White persons, percent, 2009: 81.8% -Black persons, percent, 2009: 12.0% -American Indian and Alaska natives, percent, 2009: 0.7%

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Age in the Population,

(2009)

Persons under five

years of age

7.4%

Persons under

eighteen years of age

27.2%

Persons sixty-five

years of age and

older

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Household Facts

Number of households, (2000) 60,977

Persons per household, (2008)

2.79 (average)

Median household income, (2008)

$45,766 (annually)

Per capita money income, (1999)

$17,022 (annually)

Persons below poverty level, (2008)

11.9%

The phrase, "per

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Migration Rates:

In-Migration: 26,226 (2008)

Out-Migration: 22,644 (2008)

Net-Migration: 3,582 In (2008)

In 2008, the IRS's statistical data showed that 26,266

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Industry Average Annual

Wage

All

Industries-

Construction-Education and Health Services-

Financial

Activities-

Information-Leisure and

Hospitality-

Manufacturing-Natural Resources and

Mining-Other Services-

Professional and Business

Services-Public

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Popular Jobs in Osceola County

Major Private Sector

Employers

Walt Disney CompanyBusiness Line: Number of Employees... 3,700 Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention

CenterBusiness Line: Hotel / ResortNumber of Employees... 1,900

Florida Hospital - Kissimmee &

CelebrationBusiness Line: HealthcareNumber of Employees... 1,576

Osceola Regional Medical CenterBusiness Line: HealthcareNumber of

Employees... 1,200

McLane Suneast, Inc.Business Line: Number of Employees... 1,000

Lowe's RDCBusiness Line: Number of Employees... 607

Valencia Community CollegeBusiness Line: Number of

Employees... 508 Tupperware CorporationBusiness Line: HousewaresNumber of

Employees... 300

Quaker Oats/PepsicoBusiness Line: Number of Employees... 213

Mercury Marine Business Line: Marine Electronic EquipmentNumber of

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Ways Of Transportation In

Osceola County

Federal Interstates: I-4

Federal Highways: US-192, US-441, US-17/92

State Highways: State Road-15, 424, 419, 530, 532, 545, Florida Turnpike

Railroads: CSX Transportation; Florida Central Nearest Airport with Scheduled

Commercial Airline Service: Orlando International Airport # Runways3 Longest Paved Runway: 12,005 feet

General Aviation Airports: Kissimmee Municipal Airport Local Deep Water Port: Canaveral Port Authority

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Bibliography

http://www.osceola.org/lmac/198-2127-0/resolution.cfm

http://www.floridacountiesmap.com/counties_list.shtml

http://www.floridacountiesmap.com/osceola_county.shtml

http://floridasmart.com/local/counties/

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/osceola/qr/qr_1st_08.htmlhttp://my.

sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xweb%20-%20release%203%

20water%20supply/kissimmee%20basin%20plan

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12/12097.html

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