DeSoto County, FL

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2019 Population
36,903
1.38% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marco Rubio
Republican Party
US Senator
Rick Scott
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
40.9
0.739% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
26.8%
5.66% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$35,438
1.09% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$87,700
3.91% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
13,571
1.97% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, DeSoto County, FL had a population of 36.9k people with a median age of 40.9 and a median household income of $35,438. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of DeSoto County, FL grew from 36,399 to 36,903, a 1.38% increase and its median household income grew from $35,057 to $35,438, a 1.09% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in DeSoto County, FL are White (Non-Hispanic) (54.8%), White (Hispanic) (29.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (12.5%), Other (Hispanic) (1.55%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (0.71%). 0% of the households in DeSoto County, FL speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 89.4% of the residents in DeSoto County, FL are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in DeSoto County, FL was $87,700, and the homeownership rate was 69.7%. Most people in DeSoto County, FL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.5 minutes. The average car ownership in DeSoto County, FL was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Florida. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Florida.

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Community Mobility

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Diversity

DeSoto County, FL is home to a population of 36.9k people, from which 89.4% are citizens. As of 2019, 56.2% of DeSoto County, FL residents were born outside of the country (20.7k people).

In 2019, there were 1.86 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (20.2k people) in DeSoto County, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.9k White (Hispanic) and 4.62k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in DeSoto County, FL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    20.2k ± 22
  2. White (Hispanic)
    10.9k ± 409
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    4.62k ± 112
31.6%
Hispanic Population
11.6k people

In 2019, there were 1.86 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (20.2k people) in DeSoto County, FL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.9k White (Hispanic) and 4.62k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

31.6% of the people in DeSoto County, FL are hispanic (11.6k people).

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

56.2%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
20.7k people
16.5%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
5.99k people

As of 2019, 56.2% of DeSoto County, FL residents (20.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in DeSoto County, FL was 16.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

40
Median Native-Born Age
± 1
43
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.2

In 2019, the median age of all people in DeSoto County, FL was 40.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in DeSoto County, FL are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all DeSoto County, FL residents was 41.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Cuba
    986,238 ± 23,800 people
  2. Haiti
    338,524 ± 14,168 people
  3. Colombia
    270,705 ± 12,691 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Florida was Cuba, the natal country of 986,238 Florida residents, followed by Haiti with 338,524 and Colombia with 270,705.

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Citizenship

89.4%
2019 Citizenship
88.1%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 89.4% of DeSoto County, FL residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in DeSoto County, FL was 88.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    992 ± 163
  2. Korea
    206 ± 76
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    164 ± 112

DeSoto County, FL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.82 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in DeSoto County, FL is $35,438. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in DeSoto County, FL was Census Tract 101.02 with a value of $49,844, followed by Census Tract 104.03 and Census Tract 104.05, with respective values of $48,140 and $42,120.

Males in Florida have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,958. The income inequality in Florida (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of DeSoto County, FL employs 13.6k people. The largest industries in DeSoto County, FL are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2,642 people), Construction (1,854 people), and Retail Trade (1,781 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($53,750), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($41,406), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($37,447).

Wages

Median Household Income

$35,438
2019 value
± $1,979
1.09%
1 Year Growth
± 8.49%

Households in DeSoto County, FL have a median annual income of $35,438, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $35,057 in 2018, which represents a 1.09% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,717
Average Male Salary in Florida
± $882
$46,958
Average Female Salary in Florida
± $608

In 2019, full-time male employees in Florida made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Florida by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Florida
  1. Asian
    $58,663 ± $3,508
  2. White
    $51,467 ± $590
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $41,471 ± $18,259

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Florida workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Florida.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for DeSoto County, FL is from Florida.
0.473
2019 Wage GINI in Florida
0.473
2018 Wage GINI in Florida

In 2019, the income inequality in Florida was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.00388% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Florida was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Florida in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Florida across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 101.02
  2. Census Tract 104.03
  3. Census Tract 104.05

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in DeSoto County, FL was Census Tract 101.02 with a value of $49,844, followed by Census Tract 104.03 and Census Tract 104.05, with respective values of $48,140 and $42,120.

The following map shows all of the tracts in DeSoto County, FL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 45 - 54
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

26.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in DeSoto County, FL (9.4k out of 35k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 45 - 54, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    7,500 ± 689
  2. Hispanic
    4,137 ± 501
  3. Black
    1,608 ± 311

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in DeSoto County, FL is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

13.6k
2019 Value
± 978
1.97%
1 Year growth
± 9.88%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in DeSoto County, FL grew at a rate of 1.97%, from 13.3k employees to 13.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in DeSoto County, FL, are Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2,028 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,720 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,245 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of DeSoto County, FL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of DeSoto County, FL, by number of employees, are Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2,028 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,720 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,245 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, DeSoto County, FL has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (23 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.73 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.51 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of DeSoto County, FL, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($75,795), Management Occupations ($53,043), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($48,472).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

13.6k
2019 Value
± 978
1.97%
1 Year growth
± 9.88%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in DeSoto County, FL grew at a rate of 1.97%, from 13.3k employees to 13.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in DeSoto County, FL, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2,642 people), Construction (1,854 people), and Retail Trade (1,781 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of DeSoto County, FL, though some of these residents may live in DeSoto County, FL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in DeSoto County, FL, by number of employees, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2,642 people), Construction (1,854 people), and Retail Trade (1,781 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, DeSoto County, FL has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (16.5 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.32 times), and Construction (2.09 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in DeSoto County, FL, by median earnings, are Utilities ($53,750), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($41,406), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($37,447).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $60.7B
  2. $55.2B
  3. $51.1B

In 2018, the top outbound Florida product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $60.7B, followed by Electronics ($55.2B) and Gasoline ($51.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Florida products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$583B
2018 Value in Florida
$1.45T
Projected 2045 Value in Florida
149% growth

In 2018, total outbound Florida trade was $583B. This is expected to increase 149% to $1.45T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Florida trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Florida to other states, or from other states to Florida.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $22.2B
  2. $19.3B
  3. $15B

In 2018, the top outbound Florida domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $22.2B, followed by Texas with $19.3B and California and $15B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Florida shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in DeSoto County, FL went to Donald J. Trump with 62.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (35%), followed by Other (2.39%). The most partisan county was Holmes County, FL with 87.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are the senators currently representing the state of Florida. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Florida is currently represented by 27 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for DeSoto County, FL
62.7% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Florida
  1. 87.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 82.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 81.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Florida was Holmes County, FL with 87.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Florida colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Florida

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Marco Rubio
Senator from Florida3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Rick Scott
Senator from Florida1
Assumed office on January 8, 2019
Inauguration delayed in order to finish his term as Governor of Florida.

Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are the senators currently representing Florida.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Florida over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Florida

Florida is currently represented by 27 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Florida have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in DeSoto County, FL was $87,700 in 2019, which is 0.365 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $84,400 to $87,700, a 3.91% increase. The homeownership rate in DeSoto County, FL is 69.7%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in DeSoto County, FL have an average commute time of 24.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in DeSoto County, FL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$87,700
2019 Median
± $3,692
$84,400
2018 Median
± $3,899

In 2019, the median property value in DeSoto County, FL grew to to $87,700 from the previous year's value of $84,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in DeSoto County, FL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In DeSoto County, FL the largest share of households have a property value in the $70k - $80k range.

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Household Income

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$35,438
Median Household Income
± $1,979
12.1k
Number of Households
± 784

In 2019, the median household income of the 12.1k households in DeSoto County, FL grew to $35,438 from the previous year's value of $35,057.

The following chart displays the households in DeSoto County, FL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $20k - $25k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in DeSoto County, FL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In DeSoto County, FL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.7%
2019 Homeownership
69.9%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 69.7% of the housing units in DeSoto County, FL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in DeSoto County, FL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

24.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in DeSoto County, FL have a shorter commute time (24.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.19% of the workforce in DeSoto County, FL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (68.6%)
  2. Carpooled (16.6%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.02%)

In 2019, 68.6% of workers in DeSoto County, FL drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (16.6%) and those who worked at home (7.02%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in DeSoto County, FL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in DeSoto County, FL have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

80.8% of the population of DeSoto County, FL has health coverage, with 20.6% on employee plans, 32.4% on Medicaid, 14.7% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 1.43% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Florida was $8,076 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,688).

Primary care physicians in DeSoto County, FL see 3408 patients per year on average, which represents a 16.8% decrease from the previous year (4096 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5429 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 731 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Glades County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (21%). Additionally, Gadsden County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (43.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,408 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in DeSoto County, FL

Primary care physicians in DeSoto County, FL see an average of 3,408 patients per year. This represents a 16.8% decrease from the previous year (4,096 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in DeSoto County, FL in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,076
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Florida
$4,606
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,175
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$12,229
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Florida (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,688 to $8,076.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

19.2%
Uninsured
20.6%
Employer Coverage
32.4%
Medicaid
14.7%
Medicare
11.7%
Non-Group
1.43%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in DeSoto County, FL grew by 4.08% from 18.4% to 19.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in DeSoto County, FL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 21% prevalence
  2. 20.5% prevalence
  3. 17.8% prevalence

Glades County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Florida, at 21%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Florida by county over multiple years.

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