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Kissimmee

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Location in Osceola County and the state of Florida
Location in Osceola County and the state of Florida
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Coordinates: 28°18′14″N 81°24′46″W / 28.30389, -81.41278
Country Flag of the United States United States
State Flag of Florida Florida
County  Osceola
Incorporated 1883
Government
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Jim Swan
 - City Manager Mark Durbin
Area [1] 1
 - City 17.32 sq mi (44.8 km²)
 - Land 16.68 sq mi (43.2 km²)
 - Water .64 sq mi (1.6 km²)  3.7%
Elevation [2] 3 49 ft (20 m)
Population (1 July 2006)[3] 2
 - City 60,894
 - Density 2,866.6/sq mi (1,106.8/km²)
 - Metro 1,984,855
  2006 estimates
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 34741-34747, 34758-34759
Area code(s) 321,407
FIPS code 12-36950[4]
GNIS feature ID 0285145[5]
Website: http://www.kissimmee.org

Kissimmee is a city in Osceola County, Florida, United States. As of 2006, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 60,894. It is the county seat of Osceola County.[6] Kissimmee is a Principal City of the Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which the census bureau estimated had a 2007 population of 2,032,496.[7] Osceola County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... Image File history File links Flag_of_Florida. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Following is a list of counties in Florida. ... Osceola County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... The council-manager government is one of 2 main variations of representative municipal government (for contrast, also see Mayor-Council government). ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... For other uses, see City (disambiguation). ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see City (disambiguation). ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating telephone number ranges to countries, regions, areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks such as mobile phone networks. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Osceola County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... The Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as the Orlando Area, Metro Orlando or (more colloquially) Greater Orlando, is the state of Floridas third most densely populated metropolitan region. ...

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History

Kissimmee (pronounced /kɪˈsɪmi/, with the accent on the second syllable) is on the northwest shore of Lake Tohopekaliga (locally called "Lake Toho", "West Lake Toho" or simply "West Lake"). It was founded in the mid-19th century as Allendale. The name was changed when the city was incorporated in 1883. The growth of Kissimmee can be credited to Philadelphian Hamilton Disston, who based his two-million acre drainage operation out of the small town. Disston contracted with the financially wobbly state of Florida to drain its southern lands. Disston would own half of all the land he successfully drained. This deal made Disston the largest single landowner in the U.S. Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho for short) is a lake in Osceola County, Florida, United States. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... Hamilton Disston (August 23, 1844 - April 30, 1896) was the person responsible for draining the central and southern parts of Florida, also known as the Everglades. ...


Disston's dredging and land speculation activities required a small steamboat industry to transport people and goods along the new waterway. The Kissimmee shipyard was responsible for building most of these steamships, which were just one jump ahead of civilization--with Kissimmee as the jumping off point. Concurrently, the South Florida Railroad was growing and extended the end of its line from Sanford down to Kissimmee, making the town on Lake Tohopekaliga a transportation hub of central Florida. The South Florida Railroad Company was incorporated on under the general incorporation laws of Florida, and built a railroad from Sanford to Kissimmee. ...


The heyday of Kissimmee was short lived. Expanding railroads began to challenge the steamships for cargo and passengers. By 1885, the SF Railroad extended its tracks again to Tampa. The Panic of 1893 was the worst depression the U.S. had experienced crushing land speculation and unsound debt. Disston closed his Kissimmee land operation. Back to back freezes in 1894 and 95 wiped out the citrus industry. The freezes combined with South Florida's growth, steamship operations relocating to Lake Okeechobee left Kissimmee dependent on cattle once again. The Panic of 1893 was a serious decline in the economy of the United States that began in 1893 and was precipitated in part by a run on the gold supply. ... View of Lake Okeechobee from Pahokee. ...


Cattle ranching was an important part of the local economy before the opening of nearby Walt Disney World in 1971. After that, tourism and development supplanted cattle ranching to a large measure; however, cattle ranches still operate nearby, particularly in the southern part of Osceola County. For general information about the genus, including other species of cattle, see Bos. ... Ranching is the raising of cattle or sheep on rangeland, although one might also speak of ranching with regard to less common livestock such as elk, bison or emu. ... Cinderella Castle is the symbol of the Magic Kingdom. ... Tourist redirects here. ... Subdivision is the act of dividing up land into smaller pieces that are easier to sell, usually via a plat. ...


On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley passed through Kissimmee with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour, damaging homes and buildings, toppling trees and cutting electrical power to the entire city. Kissimmee Utility Authority restored power to 54 percent of the residents in the first 72 hours; 85 percent were restored within one week. Service was restored to all customers on August 28. Three weeks after Hurricane Charley, the area was struck by Hurricane Frances, followed by Hurricane Jeanne three weeks after Frances. is the 225th day of the year (226th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2004; for other storms named Hurricane Charley, see Hurricane Charley (disambiguation). ... Kissimmee Utility Authority was founded in 1901 and is Floridas sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 63,000 customers in Osceola County, Florida. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2004; for other storms of the same name, see Hurricane Frances (disambiguation) Lowest pressure 935 mbar (hPa; 27. ... This article deals with the 2004 Hurricane Jeanne. ...


Geography

Kissimmee is located at 28°18′14″N, 81°24′46″W (28.303988, -81.412867).[8] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.32 mi² (44.9 km²), of which 16.7 square miles (43 km²) is land and 0.6 square miles (2 km²) is water (3.7%). [1] The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 47,814 people, 17,121 households, and 11,813 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,866.6/mi² (1,106.8/km²). There were 19,642 housing units at an average density of 1,177.6/mi² (454.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.22% White, 9.99% African American, 0.52% Native American, 3.38% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 14.15% from other races, and 4.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 41.73% of the population. The majority of Hispanics residing in the city are Puerto Ricans. There are also small Colombian, Cuban, Dominican and Mexican communities residing in and/or around the city. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Puerto Rican. ... The Republic of Colombia is a country in north-western South America. ... Mexican may have several meanings. ...


There were 17,121 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.21.


In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $33,949, and the median income for a family was $36,361. Males had a median income of $25,851 versus $21,025 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,071. About 12.3% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over. Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Transportation

The downtown area lies near the intersection of US Highway 17/92 and US Highway 192. U.S. Highway 17/92 (US 17/92) is a long concurrency of two U.S. Highways in central Florida, United States, stretching from Lake Alfred northeast through Haines City, Kissimmee, Orlando and Sanford to DeLand. ... It has been suggested that State Road 500 (Florida) and State Road 500A (Florida) be merged into this article or section. ...


Kissimmee has an Amtrak train station, which is projected to be a station stop on the proposed Central Florida Commuter Rail system. There is also a Greyhound bus station. Local bus service is provided by the Lynx network. Central Florida Commuter Rail is a proposed commuter rail system in the Central Florida (Orlando) area. ... This article is about the US bus line. ... A LYNX bus stop on North Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando. ...


Kissimmee Gateway Airport offers nonstop service to 12 cities on DayJet. DayJet is a startup that intends to provide air taxi service in Florida using a fleet of Eclipse 500s. ...


Sports

Osceola County Stadium
Osceola County Stadium

The Houston Astros conduct spring training in Kissimmee, at Osceola County Stadium. The stadium also hosts numerous amateur baseball events throughout the remainder of the year in conjunction with; USSSA, Triple Crown Sports, World Baseball Federation and Promotion Sports. The Jim Evan's Academy of Professional Umpiring has also called Osceola County Stadium home since 1994. Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... Osceola County Stadium is a baseball field located in Kissimmee, Florida. ... The USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) is a volunteer, sports governing body, non-profit organization based in Kissimmee, Florida. ...

Osceola County Softball Complex
Osceola County Softball Complex

The Osceola County Softball Complex is a facility of five (5) softball fields which are host to a variety of amateur sports events. It is the home of the USSSA 2005 Complex of the Year Award, the Rebel Spring Games, and numerous other fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball, and youth baseball events. The USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) is a volunteer, sports governing body, non-profit organization based in Kissimmee, Florida. ...


Austin-Tindall Regional Park is another athletic facility in the area that is host to a variety of annual events.


Recreation

Silver Spurs Arena
Silver Spurs Arena

Osceola Heritage Park is an event facility featuring a concert arena (Silver Spurs Arena) and professional sports stadium (Osceola County Stadium). The Silver Spurs Arena has been host to many acts, ranging from Hillary Duff and Bob Dylan to an annual rodeo event. Jehovah's Witnesses also use The Silver Spurs Arena for their annual District Conventions. In 2008, a number of English and Spanish conventions will be held by the Witnesses, bringing thousands of delegates to the Kissimmee area for the three-day events. Osceola County Stadium is a baseball field located in Kissimmee, Florida. ... Hilary Duff Hilary Ann Lisa Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress and pop music singer. ... This article is about the recording artist. ...


Kissimmee is home to a 650-person capacity outdoor water park, in addition to multiple golf courses.


Kissimmee is also home to the Loop, a large outdoor shopping mall at John Young and Osceola Parkways on the Orange/Osceola County line. It features stores such as American Eagle, Kohls, and Best Buy. There is also a multi-plex theater.


Kissimmee is nearer Orlando, which house Disney World, Orlando Studios, and Sea World so tourists can go through Kissimme to go over the parks. Cinderella Castle, at the center of the Magic Kingdom, is Walt Disney World Resorts most recognizable icon Introduction Owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA is home to four theme parks, three water parks, several resort hotels and golf courses... Sea World is a marine park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. ...


Education

The School District of Osceola County, Florida serves Kissimmee. The following Osceola County public schools are located in Kissimmee:


Elementary Schools

  • Boggy Creek Elementary
  • Central Avenue Elementary
  • Chestnut Elementary School
  • Cypress Elementary
  • Deerwood Elementary
  • Highlands Elementary
  • Kissimmee Elementary
  • Mill Creek Elementary
  • Partin Settlement Elementary
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary
  • Reedy Creek Elementary
  • Sunrise Elementary School
  • Thacker Avenue Elementary
  • Ventura Elementary
  • Kissimmee Charter Academy

Middle Schools

  • Denn-John Middle School
  • Discovery Intermediate School
  • Horizon Middle School
  • Kissimmee Middle School
  • Neptune Middle School
  • Parkway Middle School
  • Kissimmee Charter Academy

High Schools

  • Gateway High School - The high school in the area that offers the International Baccalaureate Program.
  • Liberty High School
  • Osceola County School For The Arts
  • Osceola High School
  • PATHS@TECO
  • Poinciana High School

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an educational programme examined in one of three languages (English, French or Spanish) and is a leading university entrance course. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Florida by place Population, Housing Units, Area and Density:2000. US Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2007-07-24.
  2. ^ Kissimmee, United States Page. Falling Rain Genomics. Retrieved on 2007-08-09.
  3. ^ Annual Estimates of the population for the Incorporated Places of Florida (XLS). US Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2007-07-23.
  4. ^ a b American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ US Board on Geographic Names. United States Geological Survey (2007-10-25). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Find a County. National Association of Counties. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007 (XLS). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2007-07-24.
  8. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.

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