Bithlo, Florida

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Bithlo is a census-designated place and an unincorporated community in Orange County, Florida, United States. The population was 4,626 at the 2000 census. It is part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. For 20 years in the early 20th century, Bithlo was an incorporated town, but in 1929, the city was unincorporated to avoid financial problems. It is also known for being the location of several of the broadcasting towers for the digital television stations in the Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne market.



Bithlo is located at 28°33′9″N 81°6′21″W / 28.5525°N 81.10583°W / 28.5525; -81.10583 (28.552504, -81.105764)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 28.2 km² (10.9 mi²). 27.6 km² (10.7 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (1.84%) is water.

Name Origin

"Bithlo derives from the Muskogee word "pilo" (canoe). The voiceless "l" was often written as "thl-.""[1]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,626 people, 1,651 households, and 1,177 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 167.4/km² (433.5/mi²). There were 1,829 housing units at an average density of 66.2/km² (171.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.36% caucasian, 0.99% African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.14% from other races, and 2.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.32% of the population.

There were 1,651 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.16.

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