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Gotha is a census-designated place (CDP) in Orange County, Florida, United States. Gotha is located between Ocoee and Windermere and had a population of 1,915 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 731 as recorded by the 2000 census. It is part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the resting place of the famous painter Bob Ross.[4]

Gotha, Florida
Location in Orange County and the state of Florida
Location in Orange County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°32′N 81°31′W / 28.533°N 81.517°W / 28.533; -81.517Coordinates: 28°32′N 81°31′W / 28.533°N 81.517°W / 28.533; -81.517
Country United States
State Florida
County Orange
 • Total2 sq mi (5.1 km2)
 • Land1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
121 ft (37 m)
 • Total1,915
 • Density960/sq mi (380/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)407
FIPS code12-26900[1]
GNIS feature ID0283237[2]


A post office opened at Gotha in 1883.[5] The town of Gotha was founded in 1885 by German immigrant H. A. Hempel. Hempel Avenue, the "main street" of Gotha, is named in his honor. After buying 1000 acres, the majority of acreage still designated as United States Territory, he laid out a town and named it after his birthplace of Gotha, Germany. He then mailed promotional pamphlets to northern cities, advertising the warm climate and mild winters. In time, several German American families moved to and settled in and around Gotha.


Gotha is located at 28°32′N 81°31′W / 28.533°N 81.517°W / 28.533; -81.517 (28.5317, -81.5218).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.1 km² (2.0 mi²), of which 4.6 km² (1.8 mi²) is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) (10.20%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 731 people, 249 households, and 210 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 160.4/km² (415.5/mi²). There were 264 housing units at an average density of 57.9/km² (150.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.78% White, 4.38% African American, 0.55% Native American, 3.56% Asian, 1.23% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.11% of the population.

There were 249 households out of which 46.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.9% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.3% were non-families. 12.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $59,808, and the median income for a family was $76,286. Males had a median income of $42,143 versus $42,692 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $32,734. About 9.8% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.5% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Gotha is within Orange County Public Schools.[7] Residents are zoned to Thornebrook Elementary School,[8] Gotha Middle School,[9] and Olympia High School.[10]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Gotha CDP, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Robert Norman Bob Ross". Find a Grave. 2001-01-07. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  5. ^ "United States Postal Service Postmaster Finder". United States Postal Service. 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Gotha CDP, FL." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 22, 2017.
  8. ^ "Thornebrook Elementary School Zone." Orange County Public Schools Office of Pupil Assignment. July 29, 2008. Retrieved on April 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "Gotha Middle School Zone." Orange County Public Schools Department of Pupil Assignment. February 21, 2013. Retrieved on April 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Olympia High School Zone." Orange County Public Schools Department of Pupil Assignment. February 11, 2016. Retrieved on April 21, 2017.

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