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Demographics

Sanford is a city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida and is the county seat of Seminole County. As of the 2018 census, the city had a population of 60,035.

Known as the “Historic Waterfront Gateway City,” Sanford sits on the southern shore of Lake Monroe at the head of navigation on the St. Johns River. Native Americans first settled in the area thousands of years before the city was formed. The Seminoles would arrive in the area in the 18th century. During the Second Seminole War in 1836, the United States Army established Camp Monroe and built a road that is currently known as Mellonville Avenue. The city sits approximately 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Orlando.

Sanford is located in northern Seminole County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.5 square miles (68.63 km2), 22.96 square miles (59.47 km2) of which is land and 3.54 square miles (9.17 km2) of which is water. Sanford is bordered by Lake Mary to the southwest and to the north by Lake Monroe and DeBary.

Sanford Demographic Profile

Statistic Sanford Florida National
Population 60,035 19,934,451 318,558,162
Population Density (Sq mi) 2,450 410 91
Median age 34.8 41.6 37.7
Male/Female ratio 0.9:1 1.0:1 1.0:1
Married (15 yrs & older) 44% 54% 55%
Families with kids under 18 47% 38% 43%
Speak English 75% 72% 79%
Speak Spanish 20% 21% 13%

Sanford Population Breakdown by Race

 Race  Sanford  Florida  National
White 63.55% 75.90% 73.35%
Black or African American 26.36% 16.14% 12.63%
Asian 3.20% 2.61% 5.22%
American Indian 0.33% 0.27% 0.82%
Native Hawaiian 0.01% 0.06% 0.18%
Mixed Race 4.41% 2.48% 3.06%
Other Race 2.14% 2.54% 4.75%