Okeechobee, Florida

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Okeechobee is a city in Okeechobee County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,376 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 5,784.[1] It is the county seat of Okeechobee County.[3] The Speckled Perch Festival is held annually in honor of the most famous fish of Lake Okeechobee. This area was the site of the worst effects of the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, the first recorded Category 5 hurricane in the North Atlantic and still one of the deadliest hurricanes ever to strike the US.

Okeechobee is serviced by the Okeechobee County Airport (IATA: OBEICAO: KOBE).

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Geography

Okeechobee is located at 27°14′30″N 80°49′59″W / 27.241590°N 80.833158°W / 27.241590; -80.833158,[4] just north of Lake Okeechobee.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.8 km² (4.2 sq mi). 4.1 square miles (10.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.96%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,376 people, 1,837 households, and 1,287 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,302.9 people per square mile (502.6/km²). There were 2,102 housing units at an average density of 509.4/sq mi (196.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.00% White, 10.81% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 6.42% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.66% of the population.

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