Hernando County Real Estate

Hillsborough County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2005, the population is 1,147,120. Its county seat is Tampa, Florida. Hillsborough County is the largest county in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area


Hillsborough County was created on January 25, 1834 from Alachua and Monroe counties. [1] It was named for Wills Hill, Viscount Hillsborough of England. The county's boundaries of 1834 included the present-day counties of Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.

Population by year 

2000 998,948
1990 834,054
1980 646,960
1970 490,265
1960 397,788
1950 249,894
1940 180,148
1930 153,519
1920 88,257
1910 78,374
1900 36,013
1890 14,941
1880 5,814
1870 3,216
1860 2,981
1850 2,377
1840 452


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,279 km² (1,266 mi²). 2,722 km² (1,051 mi²) of it is land and 558 km² (215 mi²) of it (17.00%) is water. The county's unincorporated area approximately 888 square miles, or more than 84 percent of the total land area. Municipalities account for 163 square miles. The modern boundaries of the county place it midway along the west coast of Florida.

Adjacent Counties

  • Pasco County, Florida - north
  • Polk County, Florida - east
  • Hardee County, Florida - southeast corner
  • Manatee County, Florida - south
  • Pinellas County, Florida - west


As of the census of 2000, there were 998,948 people, 391,357 households, and 255,164 families residing in the county. The population density was 367/km² (951/mi²). There were 425,962 housing units at an average density of 156/km² (405/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.17% White, 14.96% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 4.66% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. 17.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 391,357 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.70% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.80% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.07.

The age distribution was as follows: 25.30% were under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,663, and the median income for a family was $48,223. Males had a median income of $34,111 versus $26,962 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,812. About 9.10% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.


A Home Rule Charter for Hillsborough County was approved by voters in a county-wide referendum held in September 1983, and the first County Commissioners elected under this new charter took office on May 28, 1985.

The Home Rule Charter divides the power of county government between legislative and executive branches. The Board of County Commissioners, which composes the legislative branch, sets overall policy by means of ordinances, resolutions and motions.

The executive powers of county government are vested in the County Administrator, appointed by County Commissioners and charged by the charter to faithfully implement the powers of the Board. The charter provides for a County Attorney, to be hired by the County Administrator with the advice and consent of the County Commissioners. The charter contains a provision for a Charter Review Board appointed by County Commissioners every five years to conduct a study of county government and propose amendments to the charter. These amendments must be presented to voters for approval. One amendment was approved in November 2002, adding the position of County Internal Performance Auditor to the government structure. This position reports directly to the County Commission.

Presently the County Administrator is Pat Bean.

There are seven members of the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough County. Four are elected from single-member districts, and three are elected county wide. The Board approves the County's operating and capital budgets and the County's capital improvement program. It may take action on any programs for the improvement of the county and the welfare of its residents.

Under a Charter Ordinance that went into effect May 1985, County Commissioners are directed to perform legislative functions of government by developing policy for the management of Hillsborough County. The County Administrator, a professional appointed by the Board, and the administrative staff are responsible for the implementation of these policies.

The Board also serves as the Environmental Protection Commission. Individual Board members serve on various other boards, authorities, and commissions such as the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Tampa Bay Water, Aviation Authority, Expressway Authority, Sports Authority, Port Authority, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Children's Board, Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Council of Governments.

Hillsborough County charges a discretionary sales tax of 1% on top of Florida's 6%. It is only collected on the first $5000 of any large purchase.

Municipalities and Unincorporated areas


Plant City
Temple Terrace


  • Apollo Beach
  • Bloomingdale
  • Boyette
  • Brandon
  • Cheval
  • Citrus Park
  • Dover
  • East Lake-Orient Park
  • Egypt Lake-Leto
  • Fish Hawk
  • Gibsonton
  • Greater Carrollwood
  • Greater Northdale
  • Greater Sun Center
  • Keystone
  • Lake Magdalene
  • Lutz
  • Mango
  • Palm River-Clair Mel
  • Pebble Creek
  • Progress Village
  • Riverview
  • Ruskin
  • Seffner
  • Thonotosassa
  • Town 'n' Country
  • University
  • Valrico
  • Westchase
  • Wimauma

Unincorporated Communities not Census Designated Places

  • Balm
  • Carrollwood (part of Greater Carrollwood)
  • Clair-Mel City (part of Palm River-Clair Mel)
  • Del Rio
  • East Lake (not to be confused with the development in Pinellas County)
  • East Tampa
  • Egypt Lake (part of Egypt Lake-Leto)
  • Fort Lonesome
  • Gulf City
  • Hopewell
  • Keysville
  • Knights
  • Lithia
  • Northdale (part of Greater Northdale)
  • Sun City Center (see also: Greater Sun Center)
  • Trapnell
  • Turkey Creek

It is perhaps surprising that Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace are the county's only incorporated places. For a county of its size, Hillsborough has an unusually high number of communities that are unincorporated, and an unusually high percentage of its people living in these areas.

External links

Government Links

Special Districts

Judicial branch

Tourism links

Tampa Electric (TECO) 813-223-0800
People Gas System 813-275-3700
Hillsborough County 813-272-6680
Temple Terrace 813-989-7170
Verizon 800-483-4200
Bright House Network 800-255-7856
Hillsborough County School Board 813-272-4000
Colleges and Universities  
Florida College 813-988-5131
Florida Metropolitan University 803-879-6000
Hillsborough Community College 813-253-7000
ITT Technical Institute 813-885-2244
Tampa Technical Institute 813-935-5700
University of Phoenix 813-626-7911
University of South Florida 813-974-2011
University of Tampa 813-253-3333
Bruton Memorial Library 813-757-9215
John F. Germany Public Library 813-273-3652
Temple Terrace Public Library 813-989-7160
Life Services  
Sheriff (information) 813-247-8200
Fire (information) 813-272-6600
Medical Facilities  
Brandon Regional Medical Center 813-681-5551
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center 813-972-4673
James Haley Veteran's Center 813-972-2000
Mac Dill Air Force Base Med Group 813-828-3528
Memorial Hospital of Tampa 813-873-6400
St. Joseph's Hospital 813-870-4000
St. Joseph's Hospital for Women 813-879-4730
Shriners Hospital for Children 813-972-2250
South Bay Hospital 813-634-3301
Tampa Children's at St. Joseph 813-554-8500
Tampa General 813-251-7000
Town and Country Hospital 813-885-6666
University Community Hospital 813-971-6000
Vencor Hospital 813-839-6341
Driver's Licenses 813-975-6548
Vehicle Registration and Tags 813-307-6500
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) 813-254-4278
Tampa International Airport 813-870-8700
Port of Tampa 813-905-7678
Amtrak 813-221-7600
Greyhound Bus Lines 800-231-2222
Local Resources  
Post Office 800-275-8777
Homestead Exemption 813-272-6100
Business Resources  
Hillsborough County Information line 813-272-5900
Tampa Bay Partnership 800-556-9316
Greater Tampa Chamber 813-228-7777
Brandon Chamber of Commerce 813-689-1221
Plant City Chamber 813-754-3707
Attractions, Museums  
Adventure Island Water Park 813-987-5600
Busch Gardens 813-987-5082
Falk Theater 813-253-6238
Henry B. Plant Museum 813-254-1891
Tampa Bay Performing Arts 813-229-7827
Tampa Theater 813-274-8981
USF Contemporary Art Museum 813-974-4133
Museum of Science and Industry 813-987-6100
The Florida Aquarium 813-273-4000
Lowry Park Zoo 813-932-0245




Chris Frantz
Exit Success Realty
13111 Spring Hill Dr
Spring Hill, FL 34609
Hernando County
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