Located on the shores of the Caloosahatchee River, LaBelle is famous for being the “Citrus Capital of Florida”. However, it was not always that way. Established in the late 1800’s, LaBelle was a thriving area for cattle ranches. It was not until the 1940’s that ranches began to downsize and citrus groves began taking over. Since 1986, citrus plantings throughout Hendry County have more than doubled, from 40,000 to more than 90,000 acres. Today, Hendry County has more than 15 million citrus trees, many located in LaBelle.
Today, LaBelle offers an old Florida lifestyle with its many mature oak trees and laid-back lifestyle full of acreage and nature. LaBelle is known for its “small town” feel and goes to considerable lengths to maintain that atmosphere.
The annual Swamp Cabbage Festival is held in February of each year and attracts thousands from around the area to enjoy the two day festival.
Some of the activities the festival boasts, is a beauty pageant, parade, rodeo, armadillo races, and much more.
Music also plays a significant role in the LaBelle culture. The city has been recognized for the large number of school students involved in music programs. LaBelle is also known for the quality of the country and bluegrass music around local establishments.
LaBelle’s government is a Mayor form of government. The city is governed by the mayor and a four member city commission.
The Hendry County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for policing the city.
LaBelle has its own Fire District. There is one fire station located in LaBelle.
LaBelle is part of the Hendry County School District.
According to the 2010 census report, the population of LaBelle is 4,640 people, an increase of 10.2% since 2000. There are 1,981 total homes with 1,059 occupied by owner.
The racial makeup of Immokalee in 2010 was;
- 68.3% Non-Hispanic White
- .8% African-American
- 47.0% Hispanic
- .03% American Indian
- .06% Asian
- .2% reporting two or more races
The average high temperature in LaBelle is 84. The average low temperature is 60. The warmest months of the year are July and August with average high temperatures during the day of 92. The coldest month of the year is January where the average low temperature is 48.
- Hispanic Spring Festival
- Swamp Cabbage Festival- February
- LaBelle Heritage Museum
LaBelle Resource Links