About Hernando County

Hernando County is part of the 9-county "Nature Coast" and lies within the census-designated Tampa Bay metropolitan area.  Construction, dairy/cattle production, distribution, electronics, forest resources, health care, lime rock mining, manufacturing, retail, and tourism fuel the economy of the county.

Hernando County is located on the central-west coast of Florida north of Tampa Bay.   With the Gulf of Mexico on the west, Citrus County to the north, Sumter County to the east, and Pasco County to the south.  Hernando County is 37 miles east to west, and 18 miles north to south for a total of 506 square miles. 

As part of the Nature Coast, vast tracts of public land have been preserved in Hernando County.  These include the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, Chinsegut Hill National Wildlife Refuge, Withlacoochee State Forest, and Weeki Wachee Preserve.   Recreation area in the Withlacoochee and Weeki Wachee Rivers as well as at the Silver Lake Recreation Area, and Weeki Wachee Springs offers numerous outdoor activities.

With a mild average January temperature of 60 degrees, outdoor recreation is abundant in Hernando County.  Hunting, fishing, camping, paddling, birding, biking and hiking are just a few of the many recreational opportunities enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.  Numerous championship golf courses, paved or wilderness bicycle trails, and the Croom Motorcycle Recreation Area offers, additional recreational opportunities for visitors and residents of the County.

The Census 2000 population for Hernando County was 130,802.  Spring Hill is the largest Hernando County community with a population of approximately 80,000. Brooksville is the county seat with a population around 7,000.  The only other city within Hernando County is Weeki Wachee, with a small population of less than 20.  It was incorporated many decades ago to appear on Florida maps but is mainly a tourist destination for its world famous mermaid shows.In 2001 the Suncoast Parkway was opened to connect Hernando County with the Tampa International Airport.  The toll way allows for easier commutes between Hernando County and Tampa Bay.  Other major roads such as Interstate 75, US 19 and US 301 run north and south providing other routes to the Tampa Bay area.  The main east and west road is US 50 the runs from the xxx county line to Weeki Wachee on the west coast.  Hernando County location allows for short commutes to both Tampa Bay and Orlando.  Which provides a countless number of entertainment options.  Walt Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and hundreds of other entertainment options are located within an hours drive to the east.  Bush Gardens in Tampa Bay can be reached within 45 minutes from most locations in the county.  Other area surrounding Hernando County such as Cyprus Gardens in Lakeland, Silver Springs in Ocala and Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral are other great locations.

Population and Real Estate

Hernando County's official population grew from 17,004 in 1970 to 130,802 in 2000, the last estimates on the County population 165,034.  With the growth in Population, the county real estate market and dramatically expanded within the past 5 years.  The increasing growth of Tampa Bay allows Hernando County to offer more affordable homes and land that allows for easy commuting to the Tampa Bay area.  Hernando County offers a quiet and relaxing country lifestyle with amentias of two large cites of Tampa Bay and Orlando.  For more information of Hernando County Real Estate

Hernando County Cities and Towns 



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Progress Energy 800-700-8744
Withlacoochee Electric Cooperative 352-596-4000
Bay Cities Gas 352-799-9239
TECO Peoples Gas 352-683-0343
Hernando County 352-754-4037
Brooksville 352-544-5400
BellSouth 800-753-2309
Bright House Network 800-255-7856
Hernando County School Board 352-797-7070
Hernando School Board Transportation Department 352-797-7003
Colleges and Universities  
Pasco-Hernando Community College 352-796-6701
Main Branch 352-754-4043
East Hernando Branch 352-754-4443
West Hernando Branch 352-592-5606
Little Red School House 352-688-5037
Rock Cannery 352-540-4306
Istachatta 352-540-4304
Life Services  
Sheriff (information) 352-754-6830
Fire (information) 352-540-4353
Medical Facilities  
Brooksville Regional Hospital 352-796-5111
Oak Hill Hospital 352-596-6632
Spring Hill Regional Hospital 352-688-8200
Driver's Licenses 352-754-6762
Vehicle Registration and Tags 352-754-4180
Greyhound Bus Lines 800-231-2222
Local Resources  
Post Office 800-275-8777
Homestead Exemption 352-754-4190
Business Resources  
Greater Hernando Chamber  
Economic Development Commission 800-391-7275
Attractions, Museums  
Boyett's Citrus Attraction and Zoo 352-796-2289
Hernando Heritage Museum 352-799-0129
Stage West Community Playhouse 352-683-5113
Weeki Wachee Springs and Bucaneer Bay 352-596-2062



Chris Frantz
Exit Success Realty
13111 Spring Hill Dr
Spring Hill, FL 34609
Hernando County
352.~686.~2222 Office
352.~442.~3158 Cell

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