Around 34,963 personal and commercial vehicles registered in Okeechobee County consider its highways their home. This figure constitutes approximately 0.19% of all vehicles registered in the entire state of Florida.
Over 81% of adult drivers in Okeechobee County travel to their place of employment unaccompanied and over a quarter of those commutes last for over 30 minutes.
With an estimated 20% of Florida drivers uninsured, over 7,000 vehicles in Okeechobee County alone could be uninsured or underinsured.
Roughly every fifth crash in Okeechobee County is a hit-and-run.
In Okeechobee County, automobile fatalities statistically happen at a rate of 28.92 per 100,000 vehicles on the road: roughly 10 fatal crashes each year.
In 2021, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported over 741 crashes in Okeechobee County: 17 fatal crashes, with a resultant 19 deaths (including 2 motorcyclists). Alcohol is determined as the main factor for the fatal crashes in Okeechobee County in an estimated 29% of all driving fatalities.
To discuss your auto insurance needs and to find affordable car insurance in Okeechobee County, contact a knowledgeable Property & Casualty (P&C) insurance agent licensed in the state of Florida.
The majority of Okeechobee County's 18,979 homes are owner-inhabited (72%), while 28% are occupied by renters. Looking at its immediate neighbors, Glades County is observed to have the highest owner-occupied rate in the region, with 80%, while Osceola County, on the other hand, posts the highest percentage of rentals, at 38% — closer to the Florida State average of 35%.
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%).
Problems with plumbing, overcrowding, and kitchen issues affect approximately 14% of the residences in Okeechobee County. In around 1 in 4 homes, residents spend more than half of their income on housing.
In Okeechobee County, about 27% of adult residents lack proper health insurance coverage, which is significantly higher than the Florida average (≈19%). Other neighboring counties' uninsured rate from lowest to highest: Osceola County is tied with Martin County (over 18%), Polk County (over 19%), Indian River County is tied with St. Lucie County (over 21%), and Glades County (over 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.
More than 1 in 4 adults (or about 12,000 residents) in Okeechobee County report problems with health.
Nearly 37% of the Okeechobee County population do not participate in physical exercise activities.
Due to the lack of physical exercise, approximately 34% of the Okeechobee 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, Martin County reports the lowest – at over 20% of the residents, while the highest adult obesity rate is from Glades County at 39%.
As of 2022, there were 14 health insurers in Okeechobee County, offering affordable and frequently subsidized ACA health insurance on the Florida health marketplace.
Okeechobee County has the shortest life expectancy in the region, with an average age of 76.4 years. This is considerably shorter than the state average of 80 years. Among the neighboring counties, Glades County posts the longest life spans at over 84.1 years old, followed by Martin County, with 82.3 years.
The lowest life span in Florida is seen in Union County, at under 69 years old, while the highest is in Collier County at 86 years.
In 2022 there were approximately 8,580 seniors (65 and older) residing in Okeechobee County.
A traditional funeral in Florida can cost between $5,000 and $11,000, while the average across the state is around $5,900. This cost usually includes basic service fees, casket, embalming, transportation, viewing, and burial. Among the neighbors of Okeechobee County, Indian River County has the lowest average funeral cost of almost $4,800, while Osceola County posts the most expensive funeral average in the region, at $7,300.
Commercial insurance needs vary between each of the nearly 1,065 business establishments in Okeechobee County. The three largest job-creating sectors, accounting for nearly 54% of all employment in the county in 2021 were: