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With its real estate at the doorstep to WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort and easy access to Universal Orlandosm, SeaWorld® Orlando, Cypress Gardens, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and the spring training facility for the Houston Astos among many others, Osceola County is a perfect location to call home.

Call Central Florida Realtors John Hambrick or Angela Chapman  for real estate information on Lake County, Osceola County, Orange County, Seminole County, Polk County, Brevard County and Volusia County. John and Angela can help you with investment, relocation or retirement communities, or with 1031 tax exchange information, or they can help you sell your home.

Osceola County is a 1,506 square mile area that serves as the south/central boundary of the Central Florida Region and the Greater Metropolitan Area.

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On the 21 Jul 1821 there were two counties formed in Florida - Escambia to the west and St Johns County to the east. From these two counties were formed over sixty counties. in 1824 From St Johns county the area to the south became Mosquito County and Enterprise was the county seat. The name was changed to Orange county in 1845 when Florida became a state. A year before in 1844 Brevard County was carved out from Mosquito County.

Osceola County was formed on May 12, 1887 with a population of 815 from real estate from Brevard and Orange counties by an act of Legislature sponsored by Riley Johnson who represented Brevard County, but lived in Kissimmee City. At that time Osceola reached all the way down to Lake Okeechobee until 1917. Senator J. Milton Bryan of Orange County is credited with having named Osceola County after the famed Indian chief.

seaworldclearThe City of Kissimmee, the County Seat, is 18 miles due south of Orlando. Osceola’s only other incorporated City, St. Cloud, is 9 miles east of Kissimmee, and approximately 45 miles west of the City of Melbourne on the Atlantic Coast.

seaworldclearBeyond this northwest quadrant and to the south and east with the exception of a few very small, rural towns, like Holopaw, Kenansville, and Yeehaw Junction, ranch lands and undeveloped prairie, woods and marsh dominate the County. These large regions include the Mormon Church owned Desert Ranches and a number of other large, privately operated ranch and agricultural lands. Also included are the State of Florida's wildlife management areas and preserves at Bull Creek, Prairie Lakes, and the Three Lakes. As the "headwaters" of the South Florida Water Management District and the Lake Okeechobee/Florida everglades ecosystem, Osceola County is bounded by the Kissimmee River, is crossed by a number of partially accessible creeks, and is home to the Kissimmee Chain-of-Lakes, that includes some of the State’s largest and finest fishing and recreational attractions.

An urban and urbanizing area in the northwest quadrant of the County dominates Osceola County's geography. This area is adjoining to Polk County and Orange County and includes most of Osceola's population. It includes the incorporated areas of Kissimmee and St. Cloud, the unincorporated communities of Poinciana and Buenaventura Lakes, and unincorporated subdivisions ranging from Narcoossee in the northeast to Campbell City and Intercession City in the southwest to Deer Run and the St. Cloud Manor areas in the south.

Osceola County, located in the high-growth
Central Florida region, provides a distinctive
blend of rural life and all the benefits of its proximity
to a major metropolitan area.

Total Area
      (6th largest FL county)        1,506 square miles of real estate
Land Area1                                  1,322 square miles of real estate
Mean Temperature                     72.3
Annual Rainfall                            60+ inches
Water area                                   184.5 sq. mi.

Population        1997                       143,828
                             2000                       172,493 
                             % change, 1990-2000:  60.1
                             2003 (estimated)  205.870 
                             (U.S. Census Bureau)


Housing units, 2002: 82,666 Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2000: $99,300

baseballclearOsceola's economic base is dominated by tourism, serving as a "gateway" to Disney World, Universal and other Central Florida attractions. The area's historical investments in ranching and citrus are still very strong, while light industry and service enterprises are growing due to Osceola's transportation advantages and proximity to the Greater Orlando area.

Industries providing employment: Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (29.7%), Retail trade (13.3%), Educational, health and social services (12.3%).

Osceola County is a Charter County, and an administrative subdivision of the State of Florida. Part of the County Government is run by an elected County Commission, while another part of it is run by five independently elected Constitutional Officers. (Cities and the School Board each have only one elected council.)  Osceola County Government is a "multi-purpose" government providing different services at different levels. Osceola County provides "municipal" services to unincorporated County residents and "Countywide" services to all County residents, whether they live in the Cities or not.

Cities in Osceola County

Bunker Hill
Camp Hammock
Deer Park

Intercession City
Kissimmee Park
Lake Marian Highlands

Land o' Lakes
New Eden
Pine Grove

Site of Illahaw
South Port
St Cloud
Turkey Hammock
Yeehaw Junction

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