Glades County, Florida

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Glades County, Florida
Glades County Courthouse
Map of Florida highlighting Glades County
Location in the U.S. state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded 23 April 1921
Named for Florida Everglades
Seat Moore Haven
Largest city Moore Haven
 • Total 987 sq mi (2,556 km2)
 • Land 806 sq mi (2,088 km2)
 • Water 181 sq mi (469 km2), 18.3%
 • (2010) 12,884
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 17th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Glades County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,884.[1] Its county seat is Moore Haven.[2]


Indigenous people lived in this area for thousands of years. Due to warfare and exposure to infectious diseases after European contact, native tribes became depopulated. In the eighteenth century, when the area was under Spanish rule, Native American peoples of Creek and other tribes migrated into present-day Florida from Georgia. Africans and African Americans who escaped from slavery and shipwrecks also migrated to the area, where they created maroon communities. Some were given freedom by the Spanish in exchange for serving with their militias. Gradually the Seminole nation formed out of these multi-ethnic people. Some African-descended people set up communities near the Seminole and became known as Black Seminole. In the nineteenth century, most of the Seminole and many blacks were removed to Indian Territory after the Seminole Wars, a result of pressure from increasing Anglo-American settlement.

Glades County was created in 1921. It was named for the Florida Everglades.

Glades County sponsors one of Florida's oldest recurring festivals. Chalo Nitka Festival is a celebration of local history and culture, similar to a county fair. The festival also draws attention to the long and friendly relationship between the local Seminole groups and Glades County settlers. Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation is located in the county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 987 square miles (2,560 km2), of which 806 square miles (2,090 km2) is land and 181 square miles (470 km2) (18.3%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,762
1940 2,745 −0.6%
1950 2,199 −19.9%
1960 2,950 34.2%
1970 3,669 24.4%
1980 5,992 63.3%
1990 7,591 26.7%
2000 10,576 39.3%
2010 12,884 21.8%
Est. 2014 13,635 [4] 5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 10,576 people, 3,852 households, and 2,765 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 5,790 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.99% White, 10.53% Black or African American, 4.93% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 5.63% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. 15.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2005 the population was 67.0% non-Hispanic white, 17.6% Latino, 10.5% African-American and 4.9% Native American. (Source=

There were 3,852 households out of which 25.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 8.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 18.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 121.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,774, and the median income for a family was $34,223. Males had a median income of $29,196 versus $20,987 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,338. About 10.70% of families and 15.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.20% of those under age 18 and 11.20% of those age 65 or over.


Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2012 58.5% 40.0% 1.4%
2008 59.5% 39.3% 1.3%
2004 58.3% 41.0% 0.6%
2000 54.7% 42.9% 2.4%

Energy and environment

Florida Public Service Commission voted unanimously to deny a request by Florida Power and Light to build a huge coal-fired power plant in Glades County, that was to be located several miles to the west of Lake Okeechobee.[10] The Glades County Commission also allowed the construction in 2007 of a 200-acre (0.81 km2) landfill on the southwest shore of Lake Okeechobee.


Glades County is part of the Heartland Library Cooperative which has 7 branches that serve Glades county and some of the surrounding counties, including DeSoto, Highlands, Hardee, and Okeechobee.

  • Avon Park
  • DeSoto
  • Glades
  • Hardee
  • Lake Placid
  • Okeechobee
  • Sebring


See also


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External links

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Special districts

Judicial branch

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