Clermont is a western suburb of Orlando in Lake County, Florida, United States. The current population for Clermont is 22,097 at a 2006 census, making it the largest city in Lake County, Florida. The historic downtown district is still much as it was 50 years ago.
The Florida Citrus Tower, one of the first constructed Florida landmarks, is located in Clermont. The tower celebrated its 50th anniversary in December 2006.
Clermont is located at (28.547584, -81.749519).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.7 km² (11.5 mi²). 27.2 km² (10.5 mi²) of it is land and 2.5 km² (1.0 mi²) of it (8.54%) is water.
Clermont was founded in 1884 and incorporated in 1916. The city is located in south Lake County in suburban south central Florida, about west of the city of Orlando
and southeast of the city of Leesburg
Clermont's population has soared recently as orange groves are converted into subdivisions. Clermont has also experienced economic growth, attracting retail stores like Wal-Mart
as well as many smaller establishments. However, growth has become so rapid that most of the schools in Clermont are overcrowded. Growth, in the form of increased pollution, is also affecting Clermont's natural resources, including its lakes. In 2006 the city of Clermont approved a mall Plaza Collina to be built on State Road 50. The Shopping Center would be the largest in Lake County. As of January, 2008 construction had not begun and doubts are being expressed as to whether the entire project was viable. Clermont is noted for its natural hills. According to census data 21.5% of residents were born in the Northeast while 18.8% were born in the Midwest. Southerners make up 17.1% of residents. Just 6.5 % of residents were foreign born.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 9,333 people, 3,995 households, and 2,736 families residing in the city. The population density
was 343.5/km² (890.1/mi²). There were 4,368 housing units at an average density of 160.8/km² (416.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.50% White
, 12.08% African American
, 0.48% Native American
, 0.89% Asian
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 1.55% from other races
, and 1.49% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 5.71% of the population.
There were 3,995 households out of which 22.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.73.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.1% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 24.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,290, and the median income for a family was $48,216. Males had a median income of $36,240 versus $26,571 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,099. About 6.3% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
Local education establishments for Clermont include Cypress Ridge Elementary School, Lost Lake Elementary, Clermont Middle School, Windy Hill Middle School, East Ridge Middle School, East Ridge High School, South Lake High School, Sawgrass Bay Elementary and Pine Ridge Elementary. Lake-Sumter Community College also has a campus located in Clermont, which can be found just east of the Highway 50 and U.S.27 junction.