DeSoto County is situated inland of the Gulf Coast of Florida, north of Charlotte, and east of Sarasota and Manatee Counties. DeSoto County is home to one incorporated city, Arcadia, which is the county seat.

DeSoto County’s population is 38,001, (2019) and Arcadia’s is 8,072 (2019). The median age is 34 years old and the median household income in the county is $26,978. The average temperature is 91°F in the summer and 71°F in the winter.

DeSoto County is a quiet farming and ranching community and lies along the Peace River. Much of DeSoto County’s economy is driven by cattle ranching, mining, and farming, including thousands of acres of Florida oranges. DeSoto County is home to many parks, campgrounds, and boat ramps. Hunting, camping, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, and fishing opportunities abound in this rural and beautiful place. 

Don’t let the rural factor stop you. It is just a short drive to Arcadia, Port Charlotte, and Ft. Myers, where shopping and entertainment opportunities abound. You can have the best of both worlds in DeSoto County, a quiet and rural setting for your home and a short drive to all the goods and services you need.

DeSoto Public schools are administered by the School District of DeSoto County. There are 3 elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. There is also an Early Childhood Center and a Family Center administered by the School District. DeSoto County is just a short drive to the Edison Community College Port Charlotte Campus and the Florida Gulf Coast University Campus in Lee County.

If you are looking for acreage on which to build your new home, DeSoto County may be your place. There are many affordable multi-acre parcels available for sale. DeSoto County is home to many subdivided and affordable quarter and half-acre lots. There are also lots and parcels available along the beautiful Peace River. No matter what you are looking for, DMI along with our lot experts are ready to help you locate the perfect place to build your new DMI home.


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