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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.

Highlands County, Florida

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Highlands County 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 county seat is Sebring. This county is named for the county's hilly terrain.

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.


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Highlands County History

Highlands County was created in 1921, when it was separated from Desoto County. The county is named for the terrain of the county.

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.


Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Osceola County
  • East: Okeechobee County
  • Southeast: Glades County
  • Southwest: Charlotte County; DeSoto County
  • Northwest: Hardee County; Polk County


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