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Okeechobee County is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 39,996. Okeechobee County was
created on May 8, 1917 from Osceola County, Palm Beach County
and St. Lucie County. The county seat is
Okeechobee. This county is named for Lake Okeechobee,
which was in turn is from the Hitchiti words for "big water".
Okeechobee County comprises the Okeechobee, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Port St. Lucie, FL Combined Statistical Area.
This county is named for Lake Okeechobee, which was in turn is from the Hitchiti words for "big water".
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Okeechobee County was created in 1917. The county is named for the Lake Okeechobee, which was itself named for Hitchiti words oka (water) and chobi (big).
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 892 square miles (2,309 km2), of which, 774 square miles (2,004 km2) of it is land and 118 square miles (305 km2) of it (13.19%) is water.
Okeechobee is located in southeast Florida.
Bordering counties are as follows: