There are sixty-seven counties in the state of Florida. In 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the
east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today. Its last county was created in 1925 with the formation of Gilchrist County from a segment of Alachua County.
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Highlands County Education, Geography, and History
HighlandsCounty is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 98,786. Highlands County was
created on April 23, 1921 from DeSoto County. The countyseat is
Sebring. This county is named for the county's hilly
Highlands County comprises the Sebring, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area
Etymology - Origin of Highlands County Name
This county is
named for the county's hilly terrain.
Highlands County was created in 1921, when it was separated from Desoto County.
The county is named for the terrain of the
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,106.28 square miles (2,865.3 km2). 1,028.27
square miles (2,663.2 km2) of it is land and 78.01 square miles (202.0 km2) of it (7.05%) is water.
Highlands county is located close to the center of Florida. The
county land is made up of gently rolling hills and orange groves.