The highways of Hardee County are considered home to 21,603 registered private and commercial automobiles. This figure constitutes around 0.12% of all registered vehicles in the entire state of Florida.
More than 82% of drivers in Hardee County travel to and from work alone, and almost a third of those commutes last for more than half an hour to complete.
Approximately 20% of drivers in Florida are uninsured, which means more than 4,000 vehicles in Hardee County alone may be uninsured or underinsured.
Approximately 1 in 6 vehicular accidents in Hardee County is a hit and run.
Hardee County’s motor vehicle fatalities statistically occur at a rate of 28.73 per 100,000 automobiles on the road: Roughly six fatal crashes yearly.
In 2021, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported around 521 crashes in Hardee County: 15 fatal crashes resulting in 16 deaths (including one motorcyclist). Alcohol is determined as the main factor for the fatal crashes in Hardee County, with approximately 20% of all driving fatalities.
To learn more about your auto insurance and to find affordable car insurance in Hardee County, contact a knowledgeable Property & Casualty (P&C) insurance agent licensed in the state of Florida.
Hardee County has around 9,900 housing properties, in which the houses are inhabited mostly by homeowners (65%) against renters (35%), mirroring the state-average statistic. Looking at Hardee County’s neighbors, which are also dominated by owner-occupied houses, Highlands County leads the group with a homeowner-occupied rate of around 75% versus 25% for renters, followed by Manatee County, with an owner-occupied rate of roughly 73% and 27% for renters.
Around 16% of Hardee County housing units experience problems like overcrowding, plumbing issues, or kitchen problems. In 25% of homes, residents allocate more than half of their salary to housing alone.
Nearly 1 in 4 (≈24%) adults in Hardee County lack proper health insurance coverage, which is higher than the Florida average of apprx. 19%. Hardee County’s uninsured adult percentage is the second-worst among its neighbors, with DeSoto County having the highest rate of almost 30%, while the lowest is in Hillsborough County, closer to 17%. Statewide, the highest uninsured adult rate is seen in Hendry County, with 35%, while St. Johns County has the lowest, at under 13%.
Roughly 1 in 3 adults (or over 8,500 residents) in Hardee County experience health problems.
Furthermore, over 36% of Hardee County inhabitants do not engage in any form of physical activity, contributing to the fact that nearly 40% of the population is obese (with a BMI of 30 or more). Hardee County’s obesity rate is the highest among its immediate neighbors, with Polk County coming in second at 36.5%, while the lowest is in Manatee County, at 26.3%.
As of 2022, there were 14 health insurers in Hardee County offering affordable and frequently subsidized ACA health insurance on the Florida health marketplace.
Hardee County residents have an average lifespan of 79.7 years, which is lower than the Florida average of 80.2 years. Compared to Hardee County’s neighbors, the longest average life expectancy is in Manatee County, with 81.7 years, while the shortest is observed in Highlands County at only 78.3 years.
Across the state of Florida, the longest expected life span is in Collier County, with an average of 86 years, while Union County records the shortest at only 69 years.
In 2022 there were approximately 4,700 seniors (65 and older) residing in Hardee County.
Hardee County’s average funeral cost is around $5,300, which is lower than the Florida state average of $5,900. Among Hardee County’s neighbors, Hillsborough County records the highest average funeral cost, at $6,600, while the most affordable funeral cost within the area and across Florida is in DeSoto County, at roughly $4,600, Collier County reports the highest funeral cost in the entire state of Florida, with around $9,600.
Hardee County is home to nearly 600 business establishments, each one with different commercial insurance needs. The three largest job-creating sectors that account for nearly 55% of all employment in the county in 2020 were: