Longwood, Florida

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Longwood, Florida
Official seal of Longwood, Florida
Seal
Location in Seminole County and the state of Florida
Location in Seminole County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°42′7″N 81°20′42″W / 28.70194°N 81.34500°W / 28.70194; -81.34500
Latitude and Longitude:

28°42′7″N 81°20′42″W / 28.70194°N 81.34500°W / 28.70194; -81.34500
CountryUnited States
State  Florida
County  Seminole
Government
 •  Mayor Matt Morgan
 •  Deputy MayorRichard Drummond
 • Commissioner District 1Abby Shoemaker
 • Commissioner District 3Ben Paris
 • Commissioner District 5Brian Sackett
Area
 •  City 5.84 sq mi (15.12 km2)
 • Land5.49 sq mi (14.21 km2)
 • Water0.35 sq mi (0.91 km2)
Elevation
75 ft (23 m)
Population
 ( 2010)
 •  City13,657
 • Estimate 
(2019) [2]
15,561
 • Density2,837.01/sq mi (1,095.32/km2)
 •  Metro
2,082,421
Time zone UTC-5 ( EST)
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-4 ( EDT)
ZIP codes
32750-32779
Area code(s) 407, 689 321
FIPS code12-41250 [3]
GNIS feature ID0286087 [4]
Website www.longwoodfl.org

Longwood is a city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. The population was 13,657 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Longwood is located at 28°42′07″N 81°20′42″W / 28.702061°N 81.345098°W / 28.702061; -81.345098. [5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.6 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.3 square miles (14 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (5.17%) is water. The city has two of the oldest trees in America within its borders: The Senator and Lady Liberty.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
189057
1920106
1930318200.0%
194040627.7%
195071776.6%
19601,689135.6%
19703,20389.6%
198010,029213.1%
199013,31632.8%
200013,7453.2%
201013,657−0.6%
Est. 201915,561 [2]13.9%
U.S. Decennial Census [6]

At the 2010 census, [3] there were 13,657 people and 5,244 households in the city. The population density was 2,438.8 per square mile (941.9/km2). There were 5,680 housing units at an average density of 1014.3 per square mile (391.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.10% White, 4.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.8% of the population.

There were 5,244 households.

The median household income was $58,846 and the median family income was $68,146.

History

"The Senator" in 2012
Clock tower in Longwood Historic District

With the advent of World War II, growth began to impact Longwood as military personnel flowed into the new Naval Air Station Sanford to the north and Orlando Army Air Base to the south. By the 1950s, NAS Sanford was being converted into a Master Jet Base for carrier-based heavy attack aircraft and, along with the re-designated Orlando Air Force Base and nearby Pinecastle AFB (later renamed McCoy AFB), saw even more military families renting or purchasing homes in and around Longwood. In 1959, the City had slightly over 1,000 residents and a city limit boundary that measured approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) by 1-mile (1.6 km) square. In 1960, Longwood Elementary School was constructed and opened inside the city limits. During the 1950s and 1960s, the city also boasted its own airport, a single runway grass airstrip used mainly by private airplanes. Longwood Airport was located on the west side of the city and on the north side of State Road 434, until it was closed and developed into tract housing that became The Woodlands subdivision in the mid-1960s.

In 1965, the City served as a film site and backdrop, representing a fictional south Florida town adjacent to a Seminole Indian tribe reservation in the Universal Studios film, Johnny Tiger. Released in 1966, the film starred Robert Taylor, Geraldine Brooks and Chad Everett. [7]

New economic and development opportunities were brought to the area in the 1960s and 1970s, fueled by both the military and the space industry, as newly-arriving Longwood residents were employed at Martin-Marietta's new missile plant in Orlando; Naval Air Station Sanford; Orlando Air Force Base (redesignated Naval Training Center Orlando in 1969); and McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando; as well as Cape Canaveral Air Force Station; Patrick Air Force Base; and the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County. The development and opening of Walt Disney World in October 1971, along with other tourist attractions and the high technology corridor of businesses, especially those engaged in the modeling, simulation and training (MS&T) industry and associated military training systems activities near Florida Technological University (FTU), now the University of Central Florida (UCF), fueled even further growth. Short-term economic downturns caused by the closure of NAS Sanford in 1968 and McCoy AFB in 1975 were offset with other economic growth across Central Florida during the 1970s and 1980s. As a result, Longwood developed into primarily a residential community for residents working elsewhere in Seminole County or in adjacent Orange County. By 2000, the city had taken significant steps to revitalize its downtown historic district, expanded its borders through annexation and in the process gained a resident population exceeding 13,700. [8]

Economy

Top employers

According to the City's 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, [9] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees % of Total City

Employment

1 South Seminole Hospital 927 5.05%
2 UPS 500 2.72%
3 D&A Building Services 312 1.70%
4 Seminole County Schools 222 1.21%
5 Collis Roofing 222 1.21%
6 Sears Home Improvement Products 190 1.03%
7 Opis Management Resources, LLC 160 .87%
8 Protection One Alarm Monitoring 158 .86%
9 City of Longwood 155 .84%
10 Comprehensive Energy Services 137 .75%

Points of interest

Bradlee-McIntyre House

Schools

The city of Longwood's public schools are a part of Seminole County Public Schools. Longwood contains four public elementary schools (K-5), two public middle schools (6-8), and one public high school (9-12). Two additional high schools are located outside of Longwood, but draw some students from within the city limits.

Elementary schools (public)

  • Longwood Elementary School (Closed in 2011, but reopened in the 2017–2018 school year) [10]
  • Sabal Point Elementary School
  • Wekiva Elementary School
  • Woodlands Elementary School

Middle schools (public)

  • Milwee Middle School
  • Rock Lake Middle School
  • Teague Middle School (in Altamonte Springs)
  • Greenwood Middle School (in Lake Mary)

High schools (public)

Congregations

Longwood area congregations include the following, which share in an annual community Thanksgiving Eve worship and an annual CROP walk to combat hunger:

  • Altamonte Chapel – United Church of Christ
  • Annunciation Roman Catholic Parish
  • Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
  • First Baptist Church of Altamonte Springs ( In Longwood located at 900 North St. Longwood)
  • First Pentecostal Church of Longwood (Unknown if participates in referenced activities)
  • Northland Church
  • Palm Springs Drive Baptist Church 601 Palm Springs Dr, Altamonte Spgs, FL 32701
  • Parkside Fellowship Church of the Nazarene
  • Rolling Hills Moravian Church
  • Sanlando United Methodist Church
  • St Mark's Presbyterian Church PC(USA)
  • St Stephen Lutheran Church (ELCA)
  • Wekiva Presbyterian Church PC(USA)

Notable people

References

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ Johnny Tiger
  8. ^ "A Brief History of Longwood". LongwoodFL.org. Archived from the original on 2009-03-14. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  9. ^ "City of Longwood CAFR" (PDF). longwoodfl.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  10. ^ http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-longwood-elementary-reopening-20160719-story.html

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