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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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Seminole County, Florida

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Seminole County is a county in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 422,718. Seminole County was created on April 25, 1913 from Orange County. The county seat and largest city is Sanford. This county is named for the Seminole Native American tribe, thought to be derived from Spanish word cimarron, meaning "wild" or "runaway."

Seminole County is included in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Seminole County Name

This county is named for the Seminole Native American tribe, thought to be derived from Spanish word cimarron, meaning "wild" or "runaway."

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

Seminole County History

On July 21, 1821, there were two counties that formed Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. In 1824, the area to the south of St. Johns County became Mosquito County, and Enterprise was named the County Seat. This large county was renamed Orange County in 1845 when Florida became a state. For the next 70 years, Orange County would split into numerous other counties. Seminole County was one of the last counties to emerge from Orange County.

Seminole County was created on April 25, 1913 out of part of the northern portion of Orange County by the Florida Legislature. The county is named for the Seminole tribe of Indians. The name "Seminole" is thought to be derived from the Spanish word cimarron, meaning "wild" or "runaway."

Geography

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 345 square miles (893 km2), of which, 308 square miles (798 km2) of it is land and 37 square miles (95 km2) of it (10.63%) is water.

Seminole county is located close to the center of Florida. Seminole County's location between Volusia County and Orange County has made it one of the fastest-growing counties in Florida.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Volusia County
  • Southeast: Brevard County
  • Southwest: Orange County
  • West: Lake County

Education

Seminole County Public Schools operates public schools.

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