• Population grew from 19,029 in 1960 to 49,286 in 1980.
  • Housing became more dispersed as much of the new development occurred outside of Osceola County cities, primarily as single family housing on large subdivided lots.


  • A Federal and State Highway construction boom brought the construction of the Florida Turnpike and I-4. Both highways provided direct access to Osceola County; US 192 was widened to accommodate traffic.


  • The Disney World Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, boosting and altering the local economy. Disney World spurs development along Osceola County‚Äôs major roads, especially along US 192, with accommodations, restaurants, and tourist-related retail and services. Kissimmee was home to a stewardess training school, which later became a culinary institute.


  • More wetland areas were dredged and filled to allow land to be developed for housing and commercial purposes. Federal and state legislation begins to provide greater protection of water quality, wetlands and other natural habitat.