Highlands County, FL Demographics

The total population of Highlands County is estimated to be 102,339 with 50,232 males (49.08%) and 52,107 females (50.92%). There are 1,875 more females than males in Highlands County.
The median household income in Highlands County was $50,689 in 2021, which marked an an increase of 1,162(2.35%) from $49,527 in 2020. This income is 67.94% of the U.S. median household income of $74,606 (all incomes in 2022 inflation-adjusted dollars).
Per the latest American Community Survey by the Census Bureau, Highlands County sees its highest median household income among householders in the age group of under 25 years old, at $83,356. Overall, the median household income for the county of Highlands County stands at $52,799.
In Highlands County, the median income for all workers aged 15 years and older, regardless of work hours, was $33,541 for males and $24,981 for females. However, when specifically considering full-time, year-round workers within the same age group, the median income was $52,288 for males and $42,933 for females.
In Highlands County, the demographic landscape is diverse, spanning 4 distinct racial categories among households. Among these, White households have the highest median household income at $54,654, while Some Other Race households represent the opposite end with the lowest median household income of $38,528.
In 2022, the population of Highlands County was 105,618, a 2.25% increase year-by-year from 2021. Previously, in 2021, Highlands County's population was 103,295, an increase of 1.92% compared to a population of 101,345 in 2020.
The median age in Highlands County, FL is 53.7, as per 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates. Of the total population, 14.26% were under the age of 15, 13.60% aged 15 to 29, 36.88% aged 30 to 64, 30.48% aged 65 to 84, and 4.78% were 85 years of age and older.
Racial distribution of Highlands County population: 77.84% are White, 8.96% are Black or African American, 0.52% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.56% are Asian, 0.04% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 5.84% are some other race and 5.25% are multiracial.