The old Lake County Courthouse in Tavares
Alexander St. Clair-Abrams, a newspaper and railroad magnate, founded Tavares in 1880. When registering the town survey, he named the place for one of his Portuguese ancestors. He put in a lot of effort and money to move the state capitol from Tallahassee to Tavares (primarily because of Tavares' location in the center of the state) but didn't succeed. Tavares is now a booming retirement-oriented suburb in the Orlando-Kissimmee Metroplitan Area.
The population of Tavares rose almost 44% between 2000 and 2010.
Wall mural welcoming folks to downtown Tavares
High School or Higher: 77.9%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 14.1%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.3%
Median Resident Age: 52.5 Years
Cost of Living Index for Tavares: 91.2
Median Household Income: $34,870
Median Home Value: $120,400
Population Density: 1,968 People per Square Mile
Government, Health Care, Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Educational Services, Entertainment & Recreation, Finance & Insurance Services, Grocery Stores, Waste Management Services, Social Services, Automotive Parts & Services
Unemployed (March 2015): 6.2%