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Hendry County is a county located in the state of Florida in the U.S. As of 2000, the population is 36,210. Its county seat is La Belle, Florida6. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,082 km² (1,190 mi²). 2,985 km² (1,153 mi²) of it is land and 96 km² (37 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.13% water.

According to the census2 of 2000, there were 36,210 people, 10,850 households, and 8,137 families residing in the county. The population density was 12/km² (31/mi²). There were 12,294 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (11/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 66.08% White, 14.75% Black or African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 14.67% from other races, and 3.22% from two or more races. 39.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,592, and the median income for a family was $34,902. Males had a median income of $25,896 versus $20,070 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,663. 24.10% of the population and 16.90% of families were below the poverty line. 29.90% of those under the age of 18 and 15.00% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Neighboring areas include the following: Glades County, Palm Beach County, Broward County, Collier County, Lee County, and Charlotte County. The cities and towns of Hendry County are Clewiston, Harlem, LaBelle, Port LaBelle, and Felda.


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