DeSoto County highways are home to around 32,213 personal and business-type vehicles. This figure represents approximately 0.2% of all vehicles registered in the entire state of Florida.
Over 69% of adult drivers in DeSoto County commute to work by themselves, and nearly 1 in 3 of those commutes last for over 30 minutes.
With an estimated 20% of Florida drivers uninsured, about 6,500 vehicles in DeSoto County alone could be uninsured or underinsured.
Nearly every fifth crash in DeSoto County is a hit and run.
There are 21.73 traffic-related deaths in DeSoto County for every 100,000 cars on the road: around 7 fatal crashes per year.
In 2021, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported over 676 crashes in DeSoto County: 13 fatal crashes, with a resultant 13 deaths (including 2 motorcyclists). Alcohol is determined as the main factor for the fatal crashes in DeSoto County in an estimated 37% of all driving fatalities.
To discuss your auto insurance needs and to find affordable car insurance in DeSoto County, contact a knowledgeable Property & Casualty (P&C) insurance agent licensed in the state of Florida.
The estimated 15,684 dwelling units in DeSoto County are split between homeowners (70%) and renters (30% ). In comparison to DeSoto County's surrounding neighbors, Glades County and Charlotte County are tied for the highest owner-occupied rate in the region, with 80%, while Hardee County posts the lowest homeownership rate, tying the Florida State average of 65%.
Across Florida, Sumter County has the most homes occupied by owners (nearly 90%) while Miami-Dade County offers the highest percentage of its real estate as rentals (49%).
Nearly 17% of dwelling units in DeSoto County are burdened by housing problems such as overcrowding, inadequate plumbing, or kitchen issues. In 1 out of 4 homes, residents allocate more than half of their income to housing.
In DeSoto County, about 30% of adult residents lack proper health insurance coverage, which is higher than the Florida average (≈19%) and is also the highest in the region. Neighboring counties’ uninsured rates from lowest to highest: Charlotte County (over 18%), Sarasota County (nearly 19%), Manatee County (almost 20%), Highlands County (over 23%), and Glades County is tied with DeSoto County as the highest at 30%. The highest uninsured adult rate in the state of Florida is in Hendry County, with 35% of residents uninsured, while the lowest rate is observed in St. Johns County at under 13% of the adult residents. In 2021, the average adult uninsured rate in Florida was around 19.2%.
More than 1 in 4 adults (or about 11,400 residents) in DeSoto County report problems with health.
Nearly 36% of the DeSoto County population do not participate in physical exercise activities.
Approximately 31% of DeSoto County residents are considered obese (with a BMI of 30 or more), which is higher than the Florida average of over 27%. Among the neighboring counties, Sarasota County reports the lowest – at over 21% of the residents, while almost 40% of adults from Hardee County may be considered obese.
As of 2022, there were 14 health insurers in DeSoto County, offering affordable and frequently subsidized ACA health insurance on the Florida health marketplace.
The average life expectancy for the residents of DeSoto County is around 80.5 years, almost identical to the Florida State average of (80 years). Among the neighboring counties, Glades County shows the longest life span at over 84.1 years, while the shortest in the region is recorded in Highlands County at 78.3 years old.
Statewide, the shortest life span is seen in Union County, at under 69 years old while the longest is observed in Collier County at 86 years.
In 2022 there were approximately 8,781 seniors (65 and older) residing in DeSoto County.
The average funeral cost in DeSoto County is around $4,600. This amount is the lowest among the region and is tied with Putnam County for the lowest across Florida. Looking at DeSoto County’s immediate neighbors, Sarasota County is observed to have the highest average funeral cost, at $6,400, closed followed by Manatee County, with $5,800. The average funeral cost in the entire state of Florida is around $5,900.
Commercial insurance needs vary between each of over 700 business establishments in DeSoto County. The three largest job-creating sectors, accounting for over 61% of all employment in the county in 2021 were:
Retail businesses typically insure all business-owned or leased property and the employees. Besides that, every customer-facing operation typically requires liability insurance, in case the visitor gets hurt on the premises or by using the product. If the business stores and transports goods, it needs inventory insurance and inland marine coverage.
To assess your business insurance needs in DeSoto County and to get a commercial insurance quote, speak with a knowledgeable Florida-licensed commercial insurance agent with access to multiple insurers and premium finance options. Always try to compare at least 2 or 3 options before deciding on the coverage.