Ocoee, FL

Ocoee, Florida
City
Withers-Maguire House
Motto: "The Center of Good Living"
Florida

Coordinates: 28°34′27″N 81°31′50″W / 28.57417°N 81.53056°W / 28.57417; -81.53056Coordinates: 28°34′27″N 81°31′50″W / 28.57417°N 81.53056°W / 28.57417; -81.53056

Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Orange
Government
 • Mayor S. Scott Vandergrift (R)
Area
 • Total 15.7 sq mi (40.6 km2)
 • Land 14.7 sq mi (38.1 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
Elevation 121 ft (37 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 35,579
 • Density 2,300/sq mi (880/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 34761
Area code(s) 407
FIPS code 12-51075[1]
GNIS feature ID 0288049[2]
Website

Ocoee is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 35,579.[3] It is part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Ocoee is located at 28°34′27″N 81°31′50″W / 28.574050°N 81.530596°W / 28.574050; -81.530596.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.7 square miles (40.6 km2). 14.7 square miles (38.1 km2) of it is land and 0.97 square miles (2.5 km2) of it (6.12%) is water.[5]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 24,391 people, 8,072 households, and 6,554 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,843.1 inhabitants per square mile (711.8/km²). There were 8,405 housing units at an average density of 635.1 per square mile (245.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.47% White, 6.59% African American, 0.35% Native American, 2.93% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 6.22% from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.20% of the population.

There were 8,072 households out of which 44.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.8% were non-families. 13.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 36.2% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $53,225, and the median income for a family was $56,865. Males had a median income of $33,628 versus $26,519 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,896. About 4.2% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over. As of the 2005-2009 American Community Survey the population was 31,544, and the city had a racial makeup of 74.9% White, 13.8% African American, 4.0% Asian, 0.2 %Native American, 0.1 %Pacific Islander, 5.4% some other race and 1.6% two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 16.6%.

Ocoee Massacre

Main article: Ocoee massacre

On November 2, 1920, after two black men (July Perry and Moses Norman) attempted to vote and encouraged other blacks to vote, the entire black population of the town was violently attacked. On the night of the massacre, white World War I veterans from throughout Orange County participated. At least 24 black homes were burned. All the institutions making up the black community were destroyed. Before the massacre, Ocoee's black population numbered approximately five hundred; after the massacre, however, the black population was virtually eliminated. For more than 40 years, Ocoee remained an all-white town.[6][7]

Notable people

  • Bart Bryant, professional golfer.
  • Aubrey Perry, soccer player.

See also

References

External links

  • City of Ocoee official website
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