The Florida Heartland is a region of South Florida. It includes the counties of Hardee, DeSoto, Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry, and the western most parts of Palm Beach and Martin County's. The region is most known for its large agriculture sector, and shoreline along the large Lake Okeechobee. More sparsely populated than neighboring regions that have been pumped up by retirees and tourism, this area has remained more like "Old Florida".
This region has no salt water coastline and has had little impact from tourism compared to coastal areas of the state. The region is sparsely populated. Glades County, for example, has a total population (2005 estimates) of 11,250. All the other counties except Highlands had less than 40,000 people.