A county dominated by the tourism industry, Osceola County
, named after the Indian leader Osceola, was formed in 1887. It is the largest in area of the four Central Florida counties with 1,506 square miles. The county serves as the south/central boundary of Central Florida.
The county seat of Osceola County is the City of Kissimmee which is 18 miles south of Orlando. Osceola has only one other incorporated city, that being St. Cloud which is 9 miles east of Kissimmee and approximately 45 miles west of the City of Melbourne.
OSCEOLA COUNTY GOVERNMENT:
Osceola County Government is run by three sets of elected officials which govern separate branches of the county government: five elected Constitutional Officers, a five member County Commission and a number of Judicial Officers.
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Originally known for it's ranching and citrus industries, Osceola County has grown substantially in the area of tourism with the opening of Walt Disney World which boarders the Osceola County line. The county is also home to the famed Disney planned community of Celebration.
STATISTICS - U.S. Census Bureau:
Population (census 2000) - 172,493
Population estimate for 2006 - 244,045
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With an estimated 41% increase in 6 years, Osceola County is the fastest growing county in the Central Florida area.
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