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The State of Florida is a state in the southeastern United States. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Florida's nickname is the Sunshine State but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama.
Okeechobee is a city in Okeechobee County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,376 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 5,784 and 5,900. It is the county seat of Okeechobee County. The Speckled Perch Festival is held in honor of the most famous fish of Lake Okeechobee. This area was the site of the worst effects of the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, the first recorded category 5 hurricane in the North Atlantic and still one of the deadliest hurricanes ever to strike the United States.
According to the United States census bureau, the city has a total area of 10.8 square kilometers. 10.7 square kilometers of it is land and 0.1 square kilometers of it is water In the city the population was spread out with 24.8 percent under the age of 18, 10.6 percent  from 18 to 24, 25.0 percent from 25 to 44, 21.4 percent from 45 to 64, and 18.1 percent who were 65 years of age or older.
There are five elementary schools. South Elementary, Central Elementary, Seminole Elementary, Everglades Elementary, and North Elementary. There are two middle schools. The High School is divided in two. There is a 9th grade center and a campus for 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Okeechobee enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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