VPK Participation

2021-2022 Hardee County

+3.9% vs Florida

Research suggests that children who complete VPK are more ready for kindergarten than those who don’t.

Source: Voluntary Prekindergarten Estimating Conference


Kindergarten Readiness

Fall 2022 Hardee County

-7.0% vs Florida

State law requires statewide kindergarten screening be administered within the first 30 days of kindergarten for all kindergarten students. The results of this screening provide valuable information about a child’s readiness for school, help teachers plan instruction to meet each child’s individual needs and offer useful information to parents.

Source: Division of Early Learning


Preterm Births

2018-2021 Average Hardee County

+1.4% vs Florida

Preterm birth can be a reflection of a community’s health. Preterm birth is triggered by multiple, interacting biological and environmental factors. Health consequences of preterm birth include developmental delays, chronic respiratory problems and vision and hearing impairment. Having a preterm baby impacts families emotionally and financially.

Source: March of Dimes


High School Graduation Rate

2021-2022 Average Hardee County

-2.8% vs Florida

High School graduation rates capture the percentage of students who obtain all required classes and testing within four years of high school.

Source: Florida Department of Education Workbook: PK12 – High School Graduation Cohort (knowyourdatafl.org)


College Graduates

2021 Hardee County

-23.0% vs Florida

This percentage reflects the number of residents who have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: United States Census Bureau Hardee County, Florida … – Census Bureau Search


Single-Parent Households

2021 Hardee County

+0.58% vs Florida

In 2021, 34.58% of households with children in Hardee County were headed by single parents.

Source: FRED Economic Data 2021, Single-parent Households with Children as a Percentage of Households with Children, Annual: Florida | FRED | St. Louis Fed (stlouisfed.org)


Rent-Burdened Households

2021 Hardee County

-33.06% vs Florida

Burdened households are those households who pay 30 percent or more of their household income on housing (such as rent or mortgage expenses).

Source: FRED Economic Data https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/DP04ACS012049



2021 Hardee County

-6% vs Florida

ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed — households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living for the county. While conditions have improved for some households, many continue to struggle, especially as wages fail to keep pace with the rising cost of household essentials (housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and a basic smartphone plan).

Source: United Way Florida | UnitedForALICE


Median Household Income

2017 – 2021 Hardee County

-$21,667 vs Florida

The median household income reflects the division of income. Half of Hardee County residents make over $41,395 and half make below $41,395.

Source: US Census Bureau Search Results (census.gov)


In Civilian Labor Force

2017-2021 Hardee County

-9.6% vs Florida

This statistic reflects the number of “civilians 16 years old and over who either (1) were “at work,” that is, those who did any work at all during the reference week as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession, worked on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers on a family farm or in a family business; or (2) were “with a job but not at work,” that is, those who did not work during the reference week but had jobs or businesses from which they were temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, industrial dispute, vacation, or other personal reasons. Excluded from the employed are people whose only activity consisted of work around the house or unpaid volunteer work for religious, charitable, and similar organizations; also excluded are all institutionalized people and people on active duty in the United States Armed Forces.”

Source: US Census Bureau U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Hardee County, Florida; Florida



2022 Hardee County

-21,512,542 vs Florida

25,645 people call Hardee County home. Growing the population to support a more robust economy is a key component of The Development Group’s strategic plan.

Source: US Census Bureau U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Hardee County, Florida


Crime Rate

2020 Hardee County

-66.4 vs Florida

This measures the number of crimes reported per 100,000 citizens, including both violent crimes and property crimes. The number of crimes reported in Hardee County is approximately one quarter of the rate, based on the population.

Source: hardee.pdf (state.fl.us)


Voter Turnout

2022 Hardee County

-12.86% vs Florida

In the 2022 general election, 41.14% of registered voters in Hardee County participated in the election.

Source: Hardee County Supervisor of Elections Summary Results – Election Night Reporting (electionsfl.org)


Overweight & Obesity Rate

2021 Hardee County

+11% vs Florida

Overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems. The risk for the following conditions increases as weight increases into the overweight or obese range: coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers (breast, colon, uterus), hypertension, high cholesterol or high triglycerides, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and breathing problems, osteoarthritis and gynecological problems.

Source: Florida Department of Health Health Status Report (floridahealth.gov)


of 3rd Graders Reading at Grade Level

Hardee County

-10% vs Florida

The 3rd grade reading level signifies fundamental literacy skills and the ability to comprehend written information. Achieving a strong reading foundation early on is associated with better academic performance and cognitive development.