Information About Highlands County

The total estimated population is 87,366. Density is very low at 85 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 86,028; Black: 72,926; American Indian: 8,155; Two or More Races: 3,614; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 917; Asian: 387; Other Race: 29; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 87,366 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 7,912 foreign born residents, of which 35.3% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 3,273; Canada: 964; Philippines: 351; Cuba: 327; Jamaica: 316; Haiti: 232; United Kingdom: 231; U.S. Born: This State: 27,911; Midwest: 20,336; Northeast: 15,255; South: 12,074; West: 1,218;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Highlands County Most Common US Birthplaces in Highlands County

The sex distribution is 49% male and 51% female. The median age is 50 years.

Age Distribution

There are 4,367 married couples with children and 3,281 single-parent households (91 men, 3,190 women).

The median household income is $30,160 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; Florida: $38,819; Highlands County: $30,160;

15% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; Florida: 13%; Highlands County: 15%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 20,933; Government: 4,721; Self-employed: 2,228; Unpaid family work: 236; Occupation: Sales and office: 7,901; Management, professional, and related: 7,402; Service: 5,826; Professional and related: 4,426; Office and administrative support: 4,282; Production, transportation, and material moving: 3,472;

Work Types in Highlands County Common Occupations in Highlands County

The average commute time is 24 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 21,731; Car or truck (carpooled): 5,652; Worked at home: 762; Walked: 499; Public transportation: 345; Bicycle: 61; Motorcycle: 36;

Transportation to work methods in Highlands County

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Highlands County.

There are 48,846 housing units, of which 29,253 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 29,853; Renter: 7,618; Vacant: 11,375; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 15,651; Not Mortgaged: 14,202;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Highlands County

The median single family home value is $72,800.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; Florida: $1,004; Highlands County: $20,545;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; Florida: $551; Highlands County: $7,565;

The average household size is 2 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 1,063; 1940 to 1949: 1,125; 1950 to 1959: 2,619; 1960 to 1969: 4,984; 1970 to 1979: 11,286; 1980 to 1989: 16,017; 1990 to 1994: 6,590; 1995 to 1998: 4,136; 1999 to March 2000: 1,026;

0.3% of homes lack plumbing and 3.9% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Electricity: 33,558; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 2,134; Utility Gas: 931; No Fuel: 519;