May 27, 2015

2012 Florida Economic Yearbook

Treasure Coast Economic Indicators

Mike Vogel | 4/4/2012

Okeechobee County

Okeechobee welcomes an Applebee's and a growing niche in sport shooting venues. Example: OK Corral Gun Club started in 2011 and is spread across 80 acres with all manner of ranges in place — including one for cowboy action shooting, says general manager John Smith. A reviving lake has spurred tourism. "You walk into a restaurant, and it's packed," says Terry Burroughs, Chamber of Commerce president. While things are better, Burroughs says, the county isn't "anywhere near where we need to be." The county wants agricultural life sciences, manufacturing and renewable energy companies.

Okeechobee Population: 40,334
Population Growth Rate (2008-12): 0.23%
Population by Age:
0-14 15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
19.66% 6.83% 25.15% 31.11% 17.26%
Per Capita Income: $29,452

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