The story of the beginnings of Ocoee are very interesting. It is said that sometime around the mid 1850s, a doctor named J.D. Starke brought a groups of slaves to this area in order to escape from an attack of malaria. They started by building a camp at the northern shores of a lake, which gradually grew into a community. The lake was named Starke Lake. Although later the community took the name Ocoee, the name of the lake remains the same.
Things To Do In Ocoee
Ocoee is a very lively place; a variety of events and festivals are regularly organized in the city. There is the Founder’s Day Festival which is held every fall. The city organizes a host of activities aimed at the young as well as the old. Golfing enthusiasts can expect to spend a great time at the public golf course. The lake is the center of many activities like fishing, water skiing, boating and tubing, among many others.
Population in 2013: 39,172 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +60.6%
Males: 18,967 (48.4%)
Females: 20,205 (51.6%)
Median resident age: 35.4 years
Florida median age: 40.3 years
Estimated median household income in 2012: $60,309 (it was $53,225 in 2000)
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $25,052 (it was $20,896 in 2000)
Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $152,221 (it was $109,800 in 2000)
Mean prices in 2009:
All housing units: $262,884;
Detached houses: $268,280;
Townhouses or other attached units: $160,222;
In 5-or-more-unit structures: $160,922;
Mobile homes: $68,979
Median gross rent in 2012: $1,240.
Ocoee is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 35,579. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In the mid-1850s, Dr. J.D. Starke, stricken with malaria, led a group of slaves, similarly stricken, to the north side of an open pine wooded lake that provided clear and clean water to avoid further malaria outbreaks. The camp built by the group provided a base of operations from which to commute during the day to work the fields near Lake Apopka and rest at night. As the camp grew into a village, it took the name Starke Lake, a name the lake upon which the group settled bears to this day. The city’s population increased further after the American Civil War as confederate soldiers and their families settled into the area, including Captain Bluford Sims and General William Temple Withers who wintered at the location. Captain Sims received a land grant for a 74-acre parcel to the west of Starke Lake in what is now the downtown portion of Ocoee on October 5, 1883. In 1886, Captain Sims, along with a group of original settlers, led an effort to have the town platted and changed the name to Ocoee, after a river near he grew up in Tennessee.
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