DeSoto County is located in west-central Florida. The County Seat is Arcadia and the largest city is Arcadia. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.desotobocc.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 35,012 and the 2010 census population was 34,862. The land area is 637.06 square miles and there are 54.7 persons per square mile.
83.4% of the population is White, 13.3% is Black or African American, 30.2% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.8% is Asian, 1.1% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.2% is two or more races. 71.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 10.6% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $89,900, there are 10,622 households, an average of 2.89 persons per household. The per capita income is $15,088, the median household income is $34,963, and 29.6% of the persons in DeSoto County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,899. Retail sales (in $1000) were $280,786, and sales per capita were $8,001. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 24%.
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