DeSoto County, FL

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Population

35,675

1.54% growth

Median Age

40.7


Median Household Income

$35,435

0.22% decline

Poverty Rate

29.9%


Number of Employees

12,667

1.17% growth

Median Property Value

$83,700

1.7% growth

About

In 2017, DeSoto County, FL had a population of 35.7k people with a median age of 40.7 and a median household income of $35,435. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of DeSoto County, FL grew from 35,134 to 35,675, a 1.54% increase and its median household income declined from $35,513 to $35,435, a -0.22% decrease.

The population of DeSoto County, FL is 55.5% White Alone, 30.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.8% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in DeSoto County, FL speak a non-English language, and 87.2% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in DeSoto County, FL is $83,700, and the homeownership rate is 68.9%. Most people in DeSoto County, FL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.4 minutes. The average car ownership in DeSoto County, FL is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of DeSoto County, FL employs 12.7k people. The largest industries in DeSoto County, FL are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2,929 people), Retail Trade (1,521 people), and Construction (1,306 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($45,400), Educational Services ($37,826), and Public Administration ($34,457).

Median household income in DeSoto County, FL is $35,435. Males in DeSoto County, FL have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,078. The income inequality in DeSoto County, FL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$35,435

2017 value

± $1,717

-0.22%

1 Year Growth

± 6.7%

Households in DeSoto County, FL have a median annual income of $35,435, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $35,513 in 2016, which represents a -0.22% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,931

Average Male Salary

± $842

$44,078

Average Female Salary

± $574

In 2017, full-time male employees in Florida made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,227 ± $3,227

  2. Alaska Native

    $50,175 ± $47,169

  3. White

    $47,927 ± $556

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Florida workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Alaska Native workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Florida by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for DeSoto County, FL is from Florida.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Florida was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.259% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Florida was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Florida in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Florida across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 104.05

  2. Census Tract 104.06

  3. Census Tract 101.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in DeSoto County, FL was Census Tract 104.05 with a value of $44,837, followed by Census Tract 104.06 and Census Tract 101.02, with respective values of $41,322 and $40,592.

The following map shows all of the tracts in DeSoto County, FL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

29.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in DeSoto County, FL (10.1k out of 33.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 25 - 34, followed by Males 35 - 44 and then Males 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    8,004 ± 635

  2. Hispanic

    4,841 ± 480

  3. Black

    1,831 ± 248

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in DeSoto County, FL is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

12.7k

2017 Value

± 888

1.17%

1 Year growth

± 10.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in DeSoto County, FL grew at a rate of 1.17%, from 12.5k employees to 12.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in DeSoto County, FL, are Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2,194 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,417 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,304 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of DeSoto County, FL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of DeSoto County, FL, by number of employees, are Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2,194 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,417 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,304 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, DeSoto County, FL has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (25.6 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.55 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.07 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of DeSoto County, FL, by median earnings, are Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors ($60,625), Management Occupations ($49,564), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($49,215).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

12.7k

2017 Value

± 888

1.17%

1 Year growth

± 10.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in DeSoto County, FL grew at a rate of 1.17%, from 12.5k employees to 12.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in DeSoto County, FL, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2,929 people), Retail Trade (1,521 people), and Construction (1,306 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of DeSoto County, FL, though some of these residents may live in DeSoto County, FL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in DeSoto County, FL, by number of employees, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2,929 people), Retail Trade (1,521 people), and Construction (1,306 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, DeSoto County, FL has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (19.5 times higher than expected), Construction (1.65 times), and Utilities (1.54 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in DeSoto County, FL, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($45,400), Educational Services ($37,826), and Public Administration ($34,457).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $57.1B

  2. $44.9B

  3. $41.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $57.1B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($44.9B) and Gasoline ($41.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Florida products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$457B

2015 Value

$714B

Projected 2045 Value

56.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound Florida trade was $457B. This is expected to increase 56.2% to $714B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Florida trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $17.7B

  2. $15.1B

  3. $10.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Florida domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $17.7B, followed by Texas with $15.1B and California and $10.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Florida shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

78.5% of the population of DeSoto County, FL has health coverage, with 19% on employee plans, 31.9% on Medicaid, 15% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 1.34% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of DeSoto County, FL was $8,076 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,688).

Primary care physicians in DeSoto County, FL see 3940 patients per year on average, which represents a 46.3% increase from the previous year (2693 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5967 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2106 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.9%). Additionally, Liberty County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,940 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in DeSoto County, FL see an average of 3,940 patients per year. This represents a 46.3% increase from the previous year (2,693 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in DeSoto County, FL in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,076

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,606

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,175

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,229

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Florida (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,688 to $8,076.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

21.5%

Uninsured

19%

Employer Coverage

31.9%

Medicaid

15%

Medicare

11.2%

Non-Group

1.34%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in DeSoto County, FL declined by 11.6% from 24.4% to 21.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in DeSoto County, FL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.9% prevalence

  2. 15.8% prevalence

  3. 15.5% prevalence

Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Florida, at 16.9%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Florida by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

DeSoto County, FL is home to a population of 35.7k people, from which 87.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 17.5% of DeSoto County, FL residents were born outside of the country (6.26k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of DeSoto County, FL is composed of 19.8k White Alone residents (55.5%), 10.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (30.5%), 4.56k Black or African American Alone residents (12.8%), 252 Two or More Races residents (0.706%), 60 Asian Alone residents (0.168%), 58 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.163%), 41 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.115%), and 32 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0897%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in DeSoto County, FL are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.2

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2

In 2017, the median age of all people in DeSoto County, FL was 40.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in DeSoto County, FL are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all DeSoto County, FL residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

17.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6.26k people

17.5%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

6.15k people

As of 2017, 17.5% of DeSoto County, FL residents (6.26k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in DeSoto County, FL was 17.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Cuba

    951,787 ± 23,383 people

  2. Haiti

    321,904 ± 13,819 people

  3. Mexico

    272,262 ± 12,724 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Florida was Cuba, the natal country of 951,787 Florida residents, followed by Haiti with 321,904 and Mexico with 272,262.

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Citizenship

87.2%

2017 Citizenship

87.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 87.2% of DeSoto County, FL residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in DeSoto County, FL was 87.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    19.8k ± 29

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    10.9k ± 491

  3. Black or African American Alone

    4.56k ± 112

In 2017, there were 1.82 times more White Alone residents (19.8k people) in DeSoto County, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.9k Hispanic or Latino and 4.56k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in DeSoto County, FL as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of DeSoto County, FL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in DeSoto County, FL was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of DeSoto County, FL are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    870 ± 181

  2. Korea

    269 ± 86

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    184 ± 90

DeSoto County, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in DeSoto County, FL was $83,700 in 2017, which is 0.385 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $82,300 to $83,700, a 1.7% increase. The homeownership rate in DeSoto County, FL is 68.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in DeSoto County, FL have an average commute time of 23.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in DeSoto County, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$35,435

Median Household Income

± $1,717

11.7k

Number of Households

± 682

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.7k households in DeSoto County, FL declined from $35,435 from the previous year's value of $35,513.

The following chart displays the households in DeSoto County, FL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $15k - $20k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$83,700

2017 Median

± $3,293

$82,300

2016 Median

± $3,323

In 2017, the median property value in DeSoto County, FL grew to to $83,700 from the previous year's value of $82,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in DeSoto County, FL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In DeSoto County, FL the largest share of households have a property value in the $80k - $90k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in DeSoto County, FL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In DeSoto County, FL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

68.9%

2017 Homeownership

68.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.9% of the housing units in DeSoto County, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in DeSoto County, FL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in DeSoto County, FL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in DeSoto County, FL have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

23.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in DeSoto County, FL have a shorter commute time (23.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.48% of the workforce in DeSoto County, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    67.2%

  2. Carpooled

    18.2%

  3. Public Transit

    6.04%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in DeSoto County, FL was Drove Alone (67.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (18.2%) and those who Public Transit (6.04%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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