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Clermont
—  City  —
Citrus Tower
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°32′51″N 81°44′58″W / 28.5475°N 81.74944°W / 28.5475; -81.74944
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Lake
Area
 - Total 11.5 sq mi (29.7 km2)
 - Land 10.5 sq mi (27.2 km2)
 - Water 1 sq mi (2.5 km2)
Elevation 141 ft (43 m)
Population (2000)[1]
 - Total 9,333
 Density 811.6/sq mi (313.3/km2)
 - Estimate (2008) 13,100
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 34711-34713
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-12925[2]
GNIS feature ID 0280563[3]
Website http://clermont.govoffice.com/

Clermont is a city in Lake County, Florida, United States, west of Orlando. The population was 9,333 at the 2000 census. The City is essentially residential in character and its economy is primarily centered in retail trade as well as lodging and food and beverage establishments, which are tourism oriented. The historic downtown district is still much as it was 50 years ago and is a beautiful location for Clermont's many community events. It is part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Florida Citrus Tower, one of the first constructed Florida landmarks, is located in Clermont. The tower celebrated its 50th anniversary in December 2006.[1]

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Geography

Clermont is located at 28°32′51″N 81°44′58″W / 28.5475°N 81.74944°W / 28.5475; -81.74944 (28.547584, -81.749519).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.7 km² (11.5 mi²). 27.2 km² (10.5 mi²) of it is land and 2.5 km² (1.0 mi²) of it (8.54%) is water.

History

Clermont was founded in 1884 and incorporated in 1916. The city is located in south Lake County in suburban south central Florida, about 22 miles (35 km) west of the city of Orlando and 22 miles (35 km) southeast of the city of Leesburg.

Growth

Clermont's population soared in the early to mid 2000s as orange groves were converted into subdivisions. Clermont has also experienced economic growth, attracting retail stores like Wal-Mart, Super Target, BJ's Wholesale, K-Mart and Kohl's as well as many smaller establishments. Growth had become so rapid that most of the schools in Clermont are overcrowded. Growth, in the form of increased pollution, is also affecting Clermont's natural resources, including its lakes. However, much of this growth has been mitigated due to sharp decreases in real estate sales and construction; a result of the recent United States housing bubble. In 2006 the city of Clermont approved a 1,200,000-square-foot (111,000 m2) mall Plaza Collina to be built on State Road 50. The Shopping Center would be the largest in Lake County. As of January 2009, construction has begun and widening of adjacent highways has been completed. Clermont is noted for its natural hills. According to census data 21.5% of residents were born in the Northeast while 18.8% were born in the Midwest. Southerners make up 17.1% of residents. Just 6.5 % of residents were foreign born.[citation needed]

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 9,333 people residing in the city in 3,955 households. The population density was 812/mi² (314/km²). There were 4,368 housing units at an average density of 380/mi² (147/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.5% White, 12.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 1.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.7% of the population.

22.8% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.1% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 24.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,290, and the median income for a family was $48,216. Males had a median income of $36,240 versus $26,571 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,099. About 6.3% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Local education establishments for Clermont include Minneola Elementary School, Cypress Ridge Elementary School, Lost Lake Elementary, Clermont Elementary School, Clermont Middle School Windy Hill Middle School, East Ridge Middle School, East Ridge High School, Sawgrass Bay Elementary and Pine Ridge Elementary. Lake-Sumter Community College and the University of Central Florida also have campuses located in Clermont, located just east of the Highway 50 and U.S. 27 junction.

Notable residents

Notes

  1. ^ "Population Estimates" (CSV). 2008 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau. July 1 2009. http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/files/SUB-EST2008-12.csv. Retrieved July 24 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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