Hendry County was created in 1923. The county was named after one of its first settlers Mayor Francis A. Hendry.
Hendry County along with DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties make up the area known as the “Florida Heartland”.
This area derives its name due to the region being primarily a rural area. The primary economic make up of this region is agriculture. Products such as tomatoes, beef, sugarcane, cucumbers and citrus products come extensively from these six counties.
Hendry County boasts its natural, rural lifestyle with many festivals and events celebrating the area each year. One of its more popular events is the annual Swamp Cabbage Festival.
Like Charlotte County, Hendry County is rich in Florida history. There are a number of historic sites, places and homes on the National Register of Historic Places located in Hendry County.
Hendry County does not have a major interstate located in the county adding to its rural lifestyle.
Municipalities & Other Areas in Hendry County
Hendry County Demographics
According to the 2010 census report, the population of Hendry County is 39,140 people, an increase of 8.1% since 2000. There are 14,564 total homes with 8,324 occupied by owner.
The racial makeup of Hendry County in 2010 was;
- 59.9% Non-Hispanic White
- 13.4% African-American
- 49.2% Hispanic
- 1.7% American Indian
- .7% Asian
- 2.7% reporting two or more races
Hendry County Government
Hendry County government is made up of five County Commissioners. Each commissioner is elected at large for a four-year term of office.
Hendry County Schools
Public schools are under the direction of the Hendry County School District.