Hendry County Florida Located in South Florida
Hendry County Cities
||North La Belle
||South La Belle
Land area (rank): 1,163 square miles (8)
Population 1993 (rank): 28,601 (47)
Population density 1993 (rank): 24 persons per square mile (56)
Growth 1980-1990 (rank): 38.6% (26)
Hendry County is east of Ft. Myers and south of Lake Okeechobee
and is bordered by Glades, Lee, Collier, Broward, and Palm Beach
counties. The county has 28 square miles of water. The average
January temperature is 64.0 degrees F, and the average August
temperature is 81.2 degrees F. The average annual rainfall is
Hendry County was established in 1923 from a portion of Lee
County and named for Captain Francis Asbury Hendry, an early settler
and "the cattle king of South Florida."
In 1993, 68% of Hendry County's population was in unincorporated
areas. Clewiston is the county's most populous incorporated place,
with a 1993 population of 6,144, followed by La Belle, the county
seat (2,897 persons in 1993). The unincorporated area of Harlem,
south of Clewiston, had a population of 2,826 in 1990. Unincorporated
Port La Belle had a population of 1,512 in 1990. Much of the county's
land is wetlands. A large part of the Big Cypress Seminole Indian
Reservation is in the southern portion of the county. In 1993,
80% of Hendry County's population was white and 20% was nonwhite.
In 1990, 22.3% of the population was Hispanic. Of the population
increase between 1980 and 1990, 57.5% was due to net migration.
The 1992 birth rate was 21.2 live births per 1,000 persons, and
the 1992 death rate was 8.5 deaths per 1,000 persons. In 1992
the infant mortality rate was 11.8 per 1,000. The leading causes
of death in 1993 were heart disease, cancer, and accidents.
Of all 1992 high school graduates, 70.4% planned to continue
their education. The 1992 high school dropout rate was 11.4%.
In 1990, 56.6% of persons in the county were high school graduates,
and 10.0% had completed four or more years of college. Colleges
and universities. Served by Edison Community College (Lee County).
The per capita income in Hendry County for 1993 was $17,441
(27th highest in the state). The median household income in 1989
was $24,904. In 1989, 15.3% of families had incomes below the
poverty level. In 1990, 14.6% of personal income in Hendry County
was derived from transfer payments. In 1992 the greatest numbers
of persons in Hendry County were employed in the agriculture,
services, and government sectors. In 1992 there were 389 farms
in Hendry County, totalling 529,835 acres (71% of land in the
county). Hendry County is the state's leading producer and refiner
of sugarcane, which is grown on the rich mucklands around Lake
Okeechobee. Other leading crops are sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant,
peppers, potatoes, squash, and tomatoes. Hendry County is also
a major producer of citrus and cattle. In 1992, 82,242 cords of
softwood for pulp and 631 cords of hardwood for pulp were produced.
Median value of a single-family home 1990: $61,200
Median monthly rent 1990: $302
Mobile homes as a % of total housing: 40.9
Housing starts 1992: 73
Housing starts 1993: 107
In 1992 the price level index for Hendry County was 95.77 (25th
highest in the state).
In 1993, the ad valorem millage rate was 8.2870, and the total
taxable value of property was $1,065,059,938. Taxable sales totalled
$154.70 million in 1992 and $157.40 million in 1993. Lottery sales
totalled $4,337 thousand in 1992-93. In 1990-91 Hendry County's
revenues totalled $24,171 thousand ($887.6 per capita) and its
expenditures $22,018 thousand ($808.6 per capita). Of those 18
years of age and older, 53.9% were registered to vote in 1992.
Of these, 76.9% were registered Democrat and 20.2% were registered
Republican. In the 1992 presidential election 40.9% of the votes
were cast for Bush, 33.6% for Clinton, and 25.3% for Perot.
Events and Places of Interest
Swamp Cabbage Festival, La Belle, February; Sugar Festival,