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Highlands County, Florida
Highlands County, Florida, is west of Lake Okeechobee, the largest lake in Florida. The county seat is Sebring, the home of the Sebring International Raceway and host of the 12 Hours of Sebring. It is also known as "The City on the Circle," a reference to the design of the downtown historic district with boutique shops and restaurants. One of Florida's oldest parks, Highlands Hammock State Park is a 9,000 acre park and one of Florida's most biodiverse areas in the state. The park is known for its beautiful old-growth hammock and thousand year old oaks. Highlands county is full of other outdoor recreation areas for boating, fishing, hiking, biking and kayaking. Land and housing prices continue to increase, making it a good time to buy land in Highlands County.
The unemployment rate in Highlands County is 4.9% (U.S. avg. is 3.9%). Recent job growth is positive. Highlands County jobs have increased by 0.2%.
Cost of Living
Compared to the rest of the country, Highlands County's cost of living is 17.2% lower than the U.S. average.
Weather & Climate
November, April and March are the most pleasant months in Highlands County, while August and July are the least comfortable months.
Highlands County's population is 100,777 people. Since 2010, it has had a population growth of 1.4%.
Highlands County public schools spend $9,063 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 15 students per teacher in Highlands County.
The median home cost in Highlands County is $134,900. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 9.2%.