Hardee County is located in west-central Florida. The County Seat is Wauchula and the largest city is Wauchula. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.hardeecounty.net/. The 2014 population estimate is 27,469 and the 2010 census population was 27,731. The land area is 637.78 square miles and there are 43.5 persons per square mile.
88.6% of the population is White, 7.5% is Black or African American, 42.9% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.3% is Asian, 1.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.4% is two or more races. 64.2% have a high school degree or higher, and 8.8% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $85,800, there are 7,463 households, an average of 3.38 persons per household. The per capita income is $15,366, the median household income is $37,125, and 29.6% of the persons in Hardee County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,363. Retail sales (in $1000) were $400,142, and sales per capita were $13,878.
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