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Osceola County is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 268,685. Osceola County was
created on May 12, 1887 from Brevard County and Orange County.
The county seat is
Kissimmee. This county is named for Osceola
(1804-1838), a leader of the Seminole during the Second Seminole War.
Osceola County is included in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.
This county was named for Osceola (1804-1838), a leader of the Seminole during the Second Seminole War.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Osceola County was created in 1887. The county
is named for the Indian leader Osceola, whose name means "Singer of the Black
On July 21, 1821, Florida was divided into two counties, named Escambia County to the west and St. John's County to the east. In 1824, the southern part of St. John's County became Mosquito County, with Enterprise as the county seat. When Florida became a state in 1845, Mosquito County was renamed Orange County. In 1844, Brevard County was carved out from Mosquito County. On May 12, 1887, Osceola was named a county, having been created from both Orange and Brevard Counties. Osceola County reached all the way down to Lake Okeechobee until 1917 when Okeechobee County was formed.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,506 square miles (3,901 km2), of which, 1,322 square miles (3,424 km2) of it is land and 184 square miles (478 km2) of it (12.24%) is water.
Osceola county is located close to the center of Florida. The city of
Kissimmee, the county seat, is 18 miles due south of Orlando. St.
Cloud is 9 miles east of Kissimmee and approximately 45 miles west
of the city of Melbourne on the Atlantic coast.
Bordering counties are as follows:
The School District of Osceola County, Florida serves the county.
Florida Christian College
Florida Technical College
Heritage University & Seminary
Valencia College - Osceola Campus