DeSoto County, Florida
DeSoto County Courthouse
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DeSoto County is located in west central Florida. DeSoto County contains 638 square miles of land area and 2 square miles of water surface. The county seat is Arcadia. DeSoto County was founded on May 19, 1887, and named for Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto.
Carlstrom Field Air Base was located in DeSoto County during World War II. While training at the base, 23 British aviators died in accidents, and were buried with honors at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia. The base was closed in 1945 and sold to Florida for $1. Florida created the G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital (a mental health facility) on the property. When it became outdated for that purpose, Florida Department of Corrections took over the property and turned it into a juvenile offendor facility.
Hurricane Charley passed across DeSoto County on August 13, 2004, and damaged almost every building in the county. Some structures were completely destroyed.
Private Sector, wages or salary: 75%
Government Sector: 18%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 7%
Population Density: 55 People per Square Mile
Median Resident Age: 36.5 Years
Cost of Living Index for DeSoto County: 82.5
Median Household Income: $35,400
Median Home Value: $118,600
Agriculture, Health Care, Educational Services, Construction, Government, Lodging & Food Services, Waste Management Services, Social Services, Finance & Insurance Services, Retail Services
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||27,027|
|65 & over||6,228|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||10,425|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||24,437|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||11|
|Two or more||833|