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Hardee County, Florida
Seal of Hardee County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Hardee County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the U.S. highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded 23 April 1921
Seat Wauchula
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

638.33 sq mi (1,653 km²)
637.30 sq mi (1,651 km²)
1.03 sq mi (3 km²), 0.16%
 - (2010)
 - Density

43/sq mi (16.79/km²)

Hardee County Courthouse

Hardee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 26,938. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 28,286 [1]. Its county seat is Wauchula, Florida[1]. The county comprises the Wauchula, Florida, Micropolitan Statistical Area.


It was named for Cary A. Hardee, Governor of Florida from 1921 to 1925. Hardee County was created in 1921.

On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley went directly through Hardee County. Maximum sustained winds in downtown Wauchula were clocked at 149 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts. Most buildings in the county sustained damage, and many were totally destroyed.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 638.33 square miles (1,653.3 km2), of which 637.30 square miles (1,650.6 km2) (or 99.84%) is land and 1.03 square miles (2.7 km2) (or 0.16%) is water.[2]

Adjacent counties[]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 10,348
1940 10,158 −1.8%
1950 10,073 −0.8%
1960 12,370 22.8%
1970 14,889 20.4%
1980 19,379 30.2%
1990 19,499 0.6%
2000 26,938 38.2%
2010 27,731 2.9%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 26,938 people, 8,166 households, and 6,255 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 9,820 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.66% White, 8.33% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 17.99% from other races, and 1.97% from two or more races. 35.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

According to 2005 Census Estimates the county's population was 50.6% non-Hispanic white, 39.8% Latino, 9.0% African-American and 1.3% Native American. (source=

In 2000 there were 8,166 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.40% were non-families. 18.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.60% under the age of 18, 11.00% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 19.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 119.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 123.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,183, and the median income for a family was $32,487. Males had a median income of $23,793 versus $18,823 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,445. About 17.00% of families and 24.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.20% of those under age 18 and 16.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]


  • City of Bowling Green
  • City of Wauchula
  • Town of Zolfo Springs


  • Crewsville
  • Ft. Green
  • Ona
  • Popash
  • Sweetwater
  • Limestone


Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2008 64.0% 34.5% 1.5%
2004 69.7% 29.7% 0.7%
2000 60.4% 37.6% 2.0%

See also[]

  • Florida Heartland
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Hardee County, Florida


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Coordinates: 27°29′N 81°49′W / 27.49, -81.81

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