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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.

Okeechobee County, Florida

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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.

Etymology - Origin of Okeechobee County Name

This county is named for Lake Okeechobee, which was in turn is from the Hitchiti words for "big water".


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COkeechobee ounty History

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).

Geography: Land and Water

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.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Indian River County
  • East: St. Lucie County
  • Southeast: Martin County
  • Southwest: Glades County
  • West: Highlands County
  • Northwest: Polk County; Osceola County


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