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Lake Placid
Official logo of Lake Placid
Nickname(s): The Caladium Capital of the World,
Town of Murals
Location in Highlands County and the state of Florida
Location in Highlands County and the state of Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Highlands
Settled 1912
(as Lake Stearns)
1 December 1925
(as Lake Placid)
6 June 1927
 • Total 2.84 sq mi (7.4 km2)
 • Land 2.57 sq mi (6.7 km2)
 • Water .27 sq mi (0.7 km2)  9.5%
Elevation 101 ft (31 m)
Population (1 July 2015)
 • Total 2,164
  Census Bureau estimate
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33852, 33862
Area code(s) 863
FIPS code 12-38625
GNIS feature ID 0285272

Lake Placid is a town in Highlands County, Florida, United States. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the town's population as 2,164 on 1 July 2015. It is part of the Sebring Micropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2006 estimated population of 99,349.

The town has two nicknames—"Town of Murals" and "The Caladium Capital of the World." Lake Placid has more than 40 murals painted on buildings throughout the town, and 98 percent of the world's caladium bulbs come from Lake Placid.


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The Old Lake Placid Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Lake Placid, which was formerly called Lake Stearns, was chartered on December 1, 1925. Dr. Melvil Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System, and the founder of the Lake Placid Club in Lake Placid, New York, proposed that Lake Stearns change its name to Lake Placid. On April 29, 1927 the Lake Stearns Commissioners accepted Dr. Dewey's proposal to change the town's name from Lake Stearns to Lake Placid. Subsequently, they submitted a request to the Florida State Legislature. On June 6, 1927 the Town of Lake Stearns was chartered as Lake Placid.


Lake Placid is located at 27°17′47″N 81°21′53″W / 27.29639°N 81.36472°W / 27.29639; -81.36472 (27.296252, -81.364817). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.84 square miles (7.4 km2), of which 2.57 square miles (6.7 km2) is land and .27 square miles (0.7 km2) (9.51%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 582
1940 340 −41.6%
1950 417 22.6%
1960 1,007 141.5%
1970 656 −34.9%
1980 963 46.8%
1990 1,158 20.2%
2000 1,668 44.0%
2010 2,223 33.3%
Est. 2015 2,164 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,668 people, 646 households, and 395 families residing in the town. The population density was 650.2 per square mile (250.6/km²). There were 776 housing units at an average density of 302.5 per square mile (116.6/km²).

As of the 2000 Census, the racial makeup of the town was 76.38% White, 9.95% African American, 0.90% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 10.43% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30.46% of the population. In 2010 Lake Placid had a population of 2,223. The racial and ethnic makeup of the population was 46.1% Hispanic or Latino and of race limited to non-Hispanic person was 44.6% white, 6.7% black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander and 1.2% from two or more races.

There were 646 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 17.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,178, and the median income for a family was $28,194. Males had a median income of $21,629 versus $14,650 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,855. About 22.7% of families and 34.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 55.2% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

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