Buenaventura Lakes, Florida
Buena Ventura Lakes, Florida
Latitude and Longitude:
|• Total||5.6 sq mi (14.6 km2)|
|• Land||5.6 sq mi (14.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||62 ft (19 m)|
|• Density||4,700/sq mi (1,800/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 ( Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer ( DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|FIPS code||12-09415 |
|GNIS feature ID||0295717 |
Buena Ventura Lakes, more commonly known as BVL, is a census-designated place (CDP) in northern Osceola County, Florida, United States, near Kissimmee. Its population was 26,079 at the 2010 census.  It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The community is served by the Osceola Library System.
Buena Ventura Lakes is known as a Puerto Rican neighborhood (Little Puerto Rico).
Buena Ventura Lakes is located northeast of Kissimmee, near the interchange of the Osceola Parkway and Florida's Turnpike. Its coordinates are (28.330820, -81.351657).  Its northern side is adjacent to Meadow Woods in Orange County.
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At the 2000 census,  there were 21,778 people, 6,901 households, and 5,645 families in the CDP. The population density was 3,892.0 people per square mile (1,501.5/km²). There were 7,931 housing units at an average density of 1,417.4/sq mi (546.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 62.66% White, 11.78% African American, 0.38% Native American, 2.68% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 17.48% from other races, and 4.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 54.63% of the population.
Of the 6,901 households 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 13.2% of households were one person and 5.6% had someone living alone who is 65 or older. The average household size was 3.15 and the average family size was 3.42.
The age distribution was 29.1% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% 65 or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.
The median household income was $39,023 and the median income for a family was $40,764. Males had a median income of $26,768 versus $21,314 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,742. About 7.9% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% under the age of 18 and 11.5% ages 65 or older.
As of the 2010 Census, there were 26,079 people, and 8,415 households in the CDP. The population density was 4,675.3 people per square mile. There were 9,340 housing units in the CDP. The racial make up of the CDP was 61.2% white (15.1% non-Hispanic white), 14.2% black or African American, 0.6% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 4.9% were from two or more races. Hispanic or Latinos of any race made up 69.6% of the population, Puerto Ricans alone made up 44.5 percent (11,618) of the area's population.  6.5% of the population was under 5 years old, 26.4% was under 18 years old, and 11.5% was 65 years or older. The median household income was $41,155, and the per capita income was $15,950. 16.7% of the population lived below the poverty line. 68.9% of the population 5 years or older spoke a language other than English at home. 78.9% of the population aged 25 or older was a high school graduate or higher, and 11.2% of the population aged 25 or older had a bachelor's degree or higher.
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- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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- Census area returned as Buena Ventura Lakes in 1990.
- Erroneously returned as Yeehaw Junction in 2000.
- Delerme, Simone (March 24, 2014). ""'Puerto Ricans Live Free': Race, Language, and Orlando's Contested Soundscape"". Southern Spaces. Retrieved July 23, 2014.