Immokalee, Florida

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Immokalee, Florida
—  CDP  —
Location in Collier County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 26°25′16″N 81°25′22″W / 26.42111°N 81.42278°W / 26.42111; -81.42278Coordinates: 26°25′16″N 81°25′22″W / 26.42111°N 81.42278°W / 26.42111; -81.42278
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Collier
 • Total 8.1 sq mi (20.9 km2)
 • Land 8.1 sq mi (20.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 33 ft (10 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 19,763
 • Density 2,439.9/sq mi (945.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 34142-34143
Area code(s) 239
FIPS code 12-33250[1]
GNIS feature ID 0284474[2]

Immokalee is a census-designated place (CDP) in Collier County, Florida, United States. The population was 19,763 at the 2000 census. It is part of the NaplesMarco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area. The settlement was originally known as Gopher Ridge. The etymology of the name appears to mean either "My Home" or "His Home".

The Immokalee Seminole Reservation and casino is located there. The Audubon Society's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is nearby.

Immokalee is the birthplace of former Pro Bowl running back Edgerrin James and his cousin Indianapolis Colts running back Javarris James. It is also the home of Albert Bentley, who attended and played football at Immokalee High School and went on to play for the Miami Hurricanes and the Indianapolis Colts.


[edit] Geography

Immokalee is located at 26°25′16″N 81°25′22″W / 26.42111°N 81.42278°W / 26.42111; -81.42278 (26.421000, -81.422907)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.1 square miles (21 km2), of which, 8.1 square miles (21 km2) of it is land and 0.12% is water.

[edit] Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1960 3,224
1970 3,764 16.7%
1980 11,038 193.3%
1990 14,120 27.9%
2000 19,763 40.0%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 19,763 people, 4,715 households, and 3,635 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,449.1 people per square mile (945.5/km²). There were 4,987 housing units at an average density of 618.0/sq mi (238.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 70.98% Hispanic, 18.03% African American, 3.19% White, 1.03% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 35.66% from other races, and 6.38% from two or more races.

There were 4,715 households out of which 49.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 13.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.91 and the average family size was 4.10.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 34.9% under the age of 18, 15.7% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 14.1% from 45 to 64, and 4.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 129.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 145.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $24,315, and the median income for a family was $22,628. Males had a median income of $17,875 versus $16,713 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $8,576. About 34.6% of families and 39.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.1% of those under age 18 and 26.9% of those age 65 or over.

[edit] Transportation

Immokalee used to be served by the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (formerly Atlantic Coast Line) which ran a branchline from Palmdale through Immokalee to Everglades City. The line used to generate considerable agricultural-related traffic. The rail line were cut back to Sunniland south of Immokalee in the 1950s and then abandoned to the mainline at Palmdale in the 1980s. This left Immokalee without rail service.

[edit] Education

Immokalee's public schools are operated by the District School Board of Collier County.

Elementary schools in Immokalee and serving Immokalee include Eden Park, Highlands, Lake Trafford, and Village Oaks. Pinecrest Elementary School, located outside of and adjacent to the CDP, serves a portion of the CDP. All residents are zoned to Immokalee Middle School and Immokalee High School, both located in the CDP.[5][6]

[edit] Media

Immokalee is home to WCIW-LP, a low power community radio station owned and operated by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. The station was built by numerous volunteers from Immokalee and around the country in December 2003 at the fifth Prometheus Radio Project barnraising. WCIW broadcasts music, news, and public affairs to listeners in Spanish, Haitian Creole and several indigenous languages, including Mam and Kan.

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