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Pahokee, Florida
Location in Palm Beach County and the state of Florida
Location in Palm Beach County and the state of Florida
Country United States
State Florida
County Palm Beach
 • Total 1 sq mi (14 km2)
 • Land 1 sq mi (14 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2007)
 • Total 6,617
 • Density 1,108.3/sq mi (427.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33476
Area code(s) 561
FIPS code 12-53800
GNIS feature ID 0288376
Royal Palms line the main thoroughfare through downtown Pahokee.

Pahokee is a city located on the shore of Lake Okeechobee in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,985 at the 2000 census. As of 2007, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 6,459. Culturally, Pahokee is associated with the Florida Heartland, although officially it is a part of South Florida.


Pahokee was incorporated in 1922. The name "Pahokee" means 'grassy waters' in the Creek language. Local residents refer to Pahokee as "The Muck", which refers to the mineral-rich dark soil in which sugar cane, citrus fruits and corn are grown by agribusinesses. It was known as the "Winter Vegetable Capital of the World" in its heyday, when the city enjoyed thriving commerce.

Pahokee in the media

American soul and gospel singer and actor Freddie Lee Peterkin was born and raised in Pahokee and now resides in London. He became an artist of particular note in the UK with the release of his album "Beyond Comprehension". He noted in a recent BBC interview that despite living in London and Europe for many years, he considers his hometown to be Pahokee.

On December 18, 2009, Damien Cave, Miami Bureau Chief of the New York Times, wrote an article describing Pahokee's economic plight and the town's hopes that a new marina project might help rejuvenate business. There has been a significant move towards regeneration with the re-opening of the Pahokee Marina Tiki Bar and Restaurant now known as 'Pahokee Mo's' and new General Dollar store. Governor Rick Scott also pledged $1.3 million towards the restoration of Pahokee's infrastructure in late 2014 [1]. This is in addition to $200,000 pledged by Senator Abruzzo in 2014 [2]. Colin Walkes has been Mayor of Pahokee since 2013 [3]. He succeeded the previous four-term Mayor J.P. Sasser.


Pahokee is located at 26°49′29″N 80°39′35″W / 26.82472°N 80.65972°W / 26.82472; -80.65972 (26.824717, -80.659660).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,256
1940 4,766 111.3%
1950 4,472 −6.2%
1960 4,709 5.3%
1970 5,663 20.3%
1980 6,346 12.1%
1990 6,822 7.5%
2000 5,985 −12.3%
2010 5,649 −5.6%
Est. 2015 6,071 7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,985 people, 1,710 households, and 1,328 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,109.4 inhabitants per square mile (428.7/km²). There were 1,936 housing units at an average density of 358.9 per square mile (138.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 25.21% White 56.06% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 15.20% from other races, and 2.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29.46% of the population. Whites not of Hispanic origin made up 13.6% of the populace.

There were 1,710 households out of which 44.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 22.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.35 and the average family size was 3.79.

In the city, 38.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.3% were aged 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 104.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,731, and the median income for a family was $26,265. Males had a median income of $28,859 versus $20,066 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,346. About 29.4% of families and 32.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.9% of those under age 18 and 32.0% of those age 65 or over.

In 2000, 72.78% of the population spoke only English at home, while those who spoke Spanish made up 26.65%, and those who spoke French Creole made up 0.56%.

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