The City of Clermont was founded in 1884 and incorporated in 1916. The City is located in south Lake County in rural north central Florida. About 22 miles west of the City of Orlando and 22 miles southeast of the City of Leesburg, the city is located conveniently for most of its residents. Clermont is a booming city in Lake county Florida.
Its population has soared recently as orange groves are converted into subdivisions. Development has prospered in the city, notably the vast amount of new subdivisions and homes.
Clermont has also surged in economic growth, attracting big box retail names like Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart and Kohls as well as many smaller establishments. Clermont is noted also for East Ridge HS, the largest school in the county. East Ridge is popular for its well earned academic achievements, and athletic talents. Unfortunately growth has become so rapid, that most of the schools in Clermont, including East Ridge are largely overcrowded (with over 2,500 students).
In Early 2006, its been speculated, that there may be plans to build one of the biggest malls in Florida. However, this is yet to be confirmed. Clermont is noted for its natural Hills, which is unusual for central Florida. According to census data 21.5% of residents were born in the Northeast while 18.8% were born in the Midwest. Southerners make up 17.1% of residents. Just 6.5 % of residents were foreign born. At 323 feet above see level, Sugarloaf Mountain, located near route 561 between Astatula and Clermont, is the second highest elevation in Florida.
Until the devastating freezes of the 1980’s, Sugarloaf was covered with citrus groves owned, in large part, by Willoughby T Cox Jr. and the Price family, all long-time residents of Lake County. Currently there are some homes zoned for horses and a new golf community planned.
Sugarloaf Mountian is also a favorite place for cyclists to train traversing up the steep hill.
Some of my personal favorite places in Clermont include Jack’s BBQ, The Country Skillet, Tiki Hut, and the Corner Restaurant. Clermont is a great lower priced alternative to Southwest Orlando provided the added distance is not a factor.