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Hardee County Profile

County Seat: Wauchula
Nearest MSA: Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice
Largest Cities: 1 Wauchula
2 Bowling Green
3 Zolfo Springs
Miles* To:
Tallahassee ............. 252
Orlando ............. 70
Tampa ............. 48
Jacksonville ............. 192
Miami ............. 162
Atlanta ............. 455
Chicago ............. 1041
Dallas ............. 966
New York ............. 1012
*Miles are calculated from county seat.
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Time Zone: Eastern
Local Area Code(s): 863
Hardee
1980: 20,357
1990: 19,499
2007: 28,830
2015(p): 28,300
2030(p): 29,600
(p) Denotes Projected Population
Florida
9,746,961
12,938,071
18,251,243
20,955,900
25,340,700
Average Temperature High Low
January: 73 49
July: 93 72
Florida Mean Annual Precipitation ........ 53
Average Annual Rain Days ........ 112
(2006)
In-Migration 1,119
Out-Migration 1,118
Net-Migration 1
*Estimates based on IRS Statistics of Income data
(2007)
Labor Force 12,071
Labor Force % of County Population 41.9
Number in County Unemployed 534
Unemployment Rate 4.4%
N/D = No Data Hardee Florida
(2006)
Average Annual Employment 11,537 7,952,023
Natural Resources & Mining N/D
Construction 2.5% 8.0%
Manufacturing 1.9% 5.1%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 8.7% 20.8%
Information 0.6% 2.1%
Financial Activities 2.5% 6.9%
Professional & Business Services 6.5% 17.0%
Education & Health Services 9.9% 18.4%
Leisure & Hospitality N/D
Other Services 1.3% 3.1%
Public administration 4.1% 5.8%
Unclassified 0.0% 0.1%

Average Annual Wage
(2006)
All Industries $26,632
Construction $27,212
Education & Health Services $27,749
Financial Activities $33,404
Information $38,658
Leisure & Hospitality N/D
Manufacturing $27,363
Natural Resources & Mining N/D
Other Services $16,921
Professional & Business Services $18,375
Public administration $33,532
Trade, Transportation and Utilities $26,594
Unclassified $21,554
Hardee Florida
2004 $17,968 $32,618
2005 $18,908 $34,798
2006 $19,545 $36,720
Major Private Sector Employers

Florida Institute for Neurological Rehabilitation
Business Line: Healthcare
Number of Employees. - 550

Walmart
Business Line: Retail
Number of Employees - 288

C.F. Industries
Business Line: Phosphate
Number of Employees. - 175

Peace River Electric Co-op
Business Line: Electric Service
Number of Employees - 137

Wauchula State Bank
Business Line: Banking
Number of Employees - 121

Florida Heartland Hospital
Business Line: Healthcare
Number of Employees. - 111

Mosaic
Business Line: Phosphate
Number of Employees - 65

Southeastern Modular
Business Line: Construction
Number of Employees - 40

English Chevrolet
Business Line: Dealership
Number of Employees - 38

First National Bank
Business Line: Banking
Number of Employees - 38

Federal Interstates
Federal Highways US-17
State Highways SR-62, SR-64 and 64A, SR-66
Railroads CSX
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Commerical Airline Service: Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport
# Runways 2
Longest Paved Runway(ft.) 7001
General Aviation Airports Hardee County Municipal Airport

Local Deep Water Port Manatee County Port Authority
Miles to Closest Port 25
COUNTY
Countywide Ad Valorem Millage Rates:
Government 7.7926
Schools 7.5640
Special 0.8727
Total 16.2293

Ad Valorem Tax Exemption: Yes
Retail Sales Tax (Local Option) 1.00
Federal Enterprise Zone No
State Enterprise Zone EZ-2501
STATE
Corporate Income Tax 5.5%
Personal Income Tax 0.0%
Retail Sales Tax 6.0%
Electric Companies:
  • TECO
  • Peace River Electric
  • Seminole Electric
  • Wauchula City Electric
  • Vandolah Power Station

  • Natural Gas Companies:
  • Coker Fuel
  • Florida Natural Gas
  • Suburban Propane

  • Telephone Companies:
  • AT&T
  • Embarq

  • Water & Sewer Companies:
  • City of Bowling Green
  • City of Wauchula
  • Town of Zolfo Springs
  • Hardee County Utility Department


  • Exisiting Industrial Zoned Land Yes
    Number of Acres 1,000
    Largest Available Contiguous Parcel 200

    Industrial Parks Yes
    Number of Acres 200
    Largest Available Contiguous Parcel 160

    Foreign Trade Zones No
    Zone Number(s)
    Public
    Schools
    Teachers Enrollments
    Elementary: 4 159 2,577
    Secondary: 2 126 2,437
    Totals: 6 285 5,014

    Private Schools Available: Yes
    POST SECONDARY EDUCATION SERVING THE COUNTY:

    Colleges/Universities:
  • University of South Florida
  • Florida Southern College
  • Warner Southern College
  • Webber International University

  • Junior/Community Colleges:
  • South Florida Community College

  • Vocational/Technical Schools:
  • South Florida Community College

  • Other Schools:
  • Faith Evangelist Christian School
  • Pioneer Career Academy
  • Maranatha Baptist

  • Cost of Living
    Price Level Index, (2007)
    Florida State Average = 100
    Sample
    Total 90.77
    Food 100.38
    Housing 82.38
    Medical Care 93.48
    Personal Goods and Services 93.78
    Transportation 98.83
    Medical Services:
  • Eye Clinic
  • Florida Hospital
  • Florida Institute for Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Hardee Health Department
  • Walk-In Clinics

  • Recreational Opportunities:
  • Florida Cracker Trail
  • Hardee Lake Park
  • One 9-hole & two 18-hole golf courses
  • Payne Creek Historical State Park
  • Peace River Activities
  • Pioneer Park
  • Solomons Castle

  • Historical Points Of Interest:
  • Main Street
  • Payne Creek Historical State Park
  • Pioneer Museum

  • Cultural Events/Festivals:
  • County Fair
  • Grillin' & Chillin'
  • Heartland Chorale
  • Nature Fest
  • Pioneer Park Days
  • The Cracker Heritage Festival
  • The Story of Jesus
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