Loughman, Florida

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Loughman is a census-designated place (CDP) in the north-east corner of Polk County, Florida, United States, near the Osceola county line. The population was 1,385 at the 2000 census. It is part of the LakelandWinter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area. This area has grown rapidly since 2000 due, in large part, to its proximity to Walt Disney World and the Orlando, Florida area

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Geography

Loughman is located at 28°14′46″N 81°34′6″W / 28.24611°N 81.56833°W / 28.24611; -81.56833 (28.246002, -81.568470)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.33%) is water.

History

Loughman was settled shortly after the South Florida Railroad reached the area in 1883. The place was originally named Lake Locke.[4]

Loughman was on the route of the Dixie Highway, which ran parallel to the line of US 17/92 and is now Old Kissimmee Road (Old Tampa Highway north of the Osceola County line). A monument dated 1930 marks the Polk county line. Nearby, some of the brick-paved highway remains.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,385 people, 546 households, and 369 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 372.0 people per square mile (143.8/km²). There were 1,088 housing units at an average density of 292.2/sq mi (112.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 80.65% White, 13.14% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 3.83% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.47% of the population.

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