Osceola County was established in 1886. The county consists of a 1,506 square mile area that serves as the South/Central boundary of the Greater Central Florida metropolitan area.
The County seat is held by the City of Kissimmee, which is 18 miles due south of Orlando. St. Cloud, Osceola’s 2nd largest incorporated city, is 9 miles east of Kissimmee.
Historically known as a transportation crossroads, Osceola County is served by the Florida East Coast, Seaboard and Amtrak Railroad Systems, Interstate 4 and U.S. Highways 17/92, 441, 192, and The Florida Turnpike. The Orlando Beltway and Osceola Parkway provide access from the Florida Turnpike to Walt Disney World.
Osceola county is just 10 miles South of Orlando International Airport and is also served by the Kissimmee Municipal Airport.
Most of Osceola County’s population is centered in the northwest quadrant and include the communities of Poinciana, Buenaventura Lakes, and Celebration. This area adjoins Orange, Polk, and Lake County. The county also consists of many unincorporated areas such as Narcoossee and Harmony in the northeast, Campbell City and Intercession City in the southwest, and Deer Run and St. Cloud Manor in the southeast.
With the exception of several rural towns such as Kenansville, Yeehaw Junction, and Holopaw, Osceola County’s southeast is dominated by beautiful prairie, woods, and marsh. This pristine area includes a number of privately operated ranch and agricultural lands such as the Deseret Ranch owned by the Mormon Church.
Osceola County contains 3 of the State of Florida’s wildlife management preserves: Bull Creek, Prairie Lakes and Three Lakes.
Some of Florida’s finest freshwater fishing can be found in Osceola County. This is due to the County’ s connections with the South Florida Water Management District and the Lake Okeechobee/Florida Everglades ecosystem. Osceola County is bounded by the Kissimmee River and is home to the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.
Tourism is Osceola County’s economic base. The County serves as the Gateway to Walt Disney World, Sea World, and other Central Florida attractions. The area’s light industry and service enterprises are growing, while its historical investments in ranching and citrus are still very strong.
Osceola County’s current population consists of many origins. This includes retirees from the north, native Floridians, a large and growing number of immigrant settlers, and a large and continuous influx of visitors and tourists from all over the World.