Clermont is a city in Lake County, Florida, United States, about 22 miles (35 km) west of Orlando and 22 miles (35 km) southeast of Leesburg. The population was 30,201 in 2013. The city is residential in character and its economy is centered in retail trade, lodging, and tourism-oriented restaurants and bars. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Clermont is home to the 1956 Florida Citrus Tower, one of Florida's first landmarks.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (30 km²), of which 10.5 square miles (27 km²) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km²) (8.54%) is water.
The Clermont area lies on the northern part of the Lake Wales Ridge. There are rolling hills atypical of the Florida peninsula. Nearby are the Clermont Chain of lakes and Lake Apopka.
Clermont was founded in 1884 and named for the French birthplace of the manager of the Clermont Improvement Company, A.F. Wrotniski. The city was incorporated in 1916.
The historic downtown district appearance has not changed much since 1962.
The population grew 207% from 2000 to 2010, with commensurate economic growth, attracting big box retail stores. In spring 2010, the Clermont Landings shopping center opened with 20 shops and restaurants and the city's first cinema. The increased pollution has affected the city's lakes and other natural resources.
As of the census of 2010, there were 28,742 people residing in the city in 11,216 households. The population density in 2000 was 812/mi² (314/km²). There were 12,730 housing units. In 2000 the average density of Clermont 380/mi² (147/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.69% White, 14.41% African American, 0.42% Native American, 4.19% Asian, 5.37% from other races, and 3.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.75% of the population.
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