|• Total||72.94 sq mi (188.91 km2)|
|• Land||71.87 sq mi (186.14 km2)|
|• Water||1.07 sq mi (2.77 km2)|
|Elevation||66 ft (20 m)|
|• Density||964.41/sq mi (372.36/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||407, 689, 321, 863|
|GNIS feature ID||1853279|
Poinciana (English: //) is a settlement and census-designated place (CDP) in Osceola and Polk counties in the U.S. state of Florida. It lies southwest of Kissimmee and approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Haines City. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP had a population of 53,193.
As of April 2012 the population of the 9 villages which make up the Association of Poinciana Villages (APV), which covers a wider area than the CDP, was reported as 69,857. According to the latest census reports the adjoining tracts outside the CDP represent an additional 29,914 persons. Depending on the definition, the greater Poinciana Area represents a population of between 53,193 and 83,107. This puts Poinciana as one of the fastest growth areas for Central Florida over the past decade.
U.S. Highway 17/92 (here part of the Orange Blossom Trail) runs through the north of Poinciana. The Poinciana Parkway (State Road 538), a toll road to connect Poinciana more directly to Interstate 4, was opened on April 30, 2016.
Poinciana is the southern terminus of the SunRail system. SunRail's Poinciana station is located in the north of Poinciana near the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail (aka U.S. Highway 17/92) and Poinciana Boulevard, and opened on July 30, 2018. Local bus service is provided from central areas of Poinciana to Kissimmee and Haines City by the Lynx network.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 35.3 square miles (91 km2), of which 35.1 square miles (91 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 0.68%, is water.
Poinciana was planned as a Planned Unit Development (PUD). Most of the PUD was developed in 10 Villages with each being their own sub association and corporation duly recorded with the State of Florida Corporation, which form the Association of Poinciana Villages (APV) Master Association. Four of the villages are in Osceola County (Village 1 with Cypress Woods and Stepping Stone, Villages 2, 5 and Village 9 (Broadmoor - mobile home park) and six Villages 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8) are in Polk County. Located on approximately 47,000 acres (190 km2), the sub-villages are their own association under a deed-restricted community, governed by a Master homeowner association, the APV. Solivita is no longer under the APV Master Association (Village 10), it was removed by the APV Executive Committee on November 2, 2011 one of the Villages within Polk County, it is a 55+ gated community. and comprises two Community Development Districts, Poinciana CDD and Poinciana West CDD.
Neighbor subdivisions such as Waterford, Little Creek, Brighton Lakes, Oak Hammock Preserve, Crescent Lakes, Trafalgar, Doral, Isles of Bellalago, Cypress Cove, Deerwood, Wilderness, Bellalago, etc. are outside the CDP. Many of these subdivisions were defined in the original Poinciana boundary PUD but some were later developed as separate communities outside the APV.
Poinciana was planned in the 1960s. The original developer was Gulf American Corporation. Poinciana was conceived as a retirement destination, and the first homes were built in 1973 around the Poinciana Golf and Racquet Club. Since the mid-1980s the developer has been AV Homes (formerly Avatar Holdings). By 1994 the population had only risen to about 8,000, but since then growth has been rapid. By June 7, 2018 Taylor Morrison Homes, Inc announces its agreement to Acquire AV Homes, Inc at $21.90 per share.
Pro wrestler Rikishi resides in Poinciana.
As of the census of 2010 there were 53,193 residing in the CDP. The racial makeup of the CDP was 22.6% White non-Hispanic, 21.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 51.2% of the population.
In addition there were 29,914 residing in the non-CDP neighborhoods. Poinciana is 35.8% Puerto Rican and is considered a "Little Puerto Rico" in Florida.
For census 2000 there were 4,153 households, out of which 50.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.2% were non-families. 10.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.29 and the average family size was 3.49. This information will be updated for census 2010 when it becomes available.
In the 2010 Census CDP the population was spread out, with 29.27% under the age of 18, and 70.73% age 18 and over. The non CDP population was 27.4% under age of 18 and 72.6% over.
In 2000 the median income for a household in the CDP was $37,172, and the median income for a family was $37,688. Males had a median income of $26,860 versus $20,934 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,590. About 12.0% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over. Likewise, 2010 income information will be updated when it become available.