Moore Haven, Florida

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Moore Haven is a city in Glades County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,635 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 1,726[1]. It is the county seat of Glades County.[3] Moore Haven is located on the southwest shoreline of Lake Okeechobee.



The village was established near where Seminole and earlier Native Americans had lived for thousands of years.

The community was named after James A. Moore, its Anglo-American founder. In its early days, Moore Haven was often called "Little Chicago", reflecting its status as a significant boom town. It was ideally located at the apex of Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee Canal.

The Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 dramatically altered the landscape of the area. The storm surge from the lake caused widespread death and destruction, sometimes literally relocating houses to the opposite side of the river. The town might have recovered, but it was hit not long after by the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane. This decimated areas that had escaped damage in 1926.

Today Moore Haven is a small, sleepy town that has little industry and infrastructure. Moore Haven is home to the Annual Chalo Nitka Festival, which is held the first weekend in March.

A large bridge that crosses the Caloosahatchee River was completed in the last 10 years.


Moore Haven is located at 26°50′03″N 81°05′46″W / 26.834120°N 81.096095°W / 26.834120; -81.096095.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (6.09%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,635 people, 572 households, and 414 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,508.8 people per square mile (584.5/km²). There were 792 housing units at an average density of 730.9/sq mi (283.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 61.28% White, 22.32% African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 14.56% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28.01% of the population.

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