ERIC Number: ED165941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Profile of Hardee County, Florida.
Beaulieu, Lionel J.; Anderson, Deborah S.
In 1977 leaders of Hardee County, Florida, listed relationships and attitudes of residents, rural atmosphere, environmental conditions, and economic potential among the county's strong points, and public service and facility improvements, developing economic potential, recreational and entertainment development, and planning and zoning as its most pressing needs. An area of over 400,000 acres on the Peace River in south central Florida, Hardee County was officially established in 1921. Population in the area grew slowly until after the railroad arrived in the 1880's when both farm products and land increased in value. Historically, agriculture has dominated the local industrial scene, with citrus production, which grosses an estimated $31 million annually, especially important. While agriculture will continue to be important, phosphate mining may provide a major impetus to the county's growth by 1990. Since 1950 there have been increases in service group, clerical, craftsmen, and foremen occupations. The county's median income in 1969 was much lower than that of the state of Florida, which averaged only half as many living below poverty level. The county also contrasted the state's booming population growth trends until 1970 when an upsurge began. (SB)
Descriptors: Agricultural Production, Area Studies, Attitudes, Community Development, Community Leaders, Community Problems, Demography, Economic Development, Geography, Local History, Population Growth, Quality of Life, Rail Transportation, Rural Areas, Rural Economics, Rural Environment, Topography, Urban to Rural Migration
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; Florida Univ., Gainesville. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida (Hardee County); United States (South)
Note: Publication contributes to USDA Cooperative State Research Service Southern Regional Project S-120, "Social Organization for Development of Low-Income Rural Counties"; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (76th, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 4-7, 1979)