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Cities in Pasco County, Florida
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Pasco County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 344,765. The 2006 census estimate according to the U.S. Census Bureau for the county is 450,171. [1] Its county seat is Dade City, Florida6. It is the 50th fastest growing county in the country with a 30.6% increase and has grown by 105,403 residents since the year 2000.

History

Pasco County was created in 1887 from the southern part of Hernando County. It was named for Samuel Pasco, who served in the Confederate Army, the state legislature and in the United States Senate from 1887 to 1899. The earliest towns were Anclote, Blanton, Dade City, Earnestville, Fort Dade, Macon (Trilby), and San Antonio. Citrus was an important industry when the county was formed, although a decline followed a freeze in 1895. Several large sawmills operated in the county in the early part of the twentieth century. During the Florida land boom of the 1920s, New Port Richey became the winter home of silent screen star Thomas Meighan and golfer Gene Sarazen; Meighan attempted to bring other Hollywood figures to the city. The county has experienced significant population growth since the 1960s. The growth began along the Gulf coast but is now occurring most rapidly in areas north of Tampa.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,248 km² (868 mi²). 1,929 km² (745 mi²) of it is land and 319 km² (123 mi²) of it (14.18%) is water

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 344,765 people, 147,566 households, and 99,016 families residing in the county. The population density was 179/km² (463/mi²). There were 173,717 housing units at an average density of 90/km² (233/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.70% White, 2.07% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.52% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. 5.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 147,566 households out of which 23.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.20% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 24.10% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 26.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 92.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,969, and the median income for a family was $39,568. Males had a median income of $30,974 versus $23,802 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,439. About 7.60% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.20% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

Municipalities

Incorporated

Incorporated municipalities of Pasco County.  Numbers correspond to list at left.
Incorporated municipalities of Pasco County. Numbers correspond to list at left.
  1. City of Dade City
  2. City of New Port Richey
  3. City of Port Richey
  4. City of San Antonio
  5. Town of St. Leo
  6. City of Zephyrhills

Unincorporated

County map from http://www.census.gov
County map from http://www.census.gov

Unincorporated Communities Not CDPs

Aviation

  • Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (ZPH) website
  • Pilot Country Airport (X05) website
  • Tampa North Aero Park (X39) website
  • Hidden Lake Estates Airport (FA40, private airport near Moon Lake) website

Bus service

Pasco County Public Transportation provides bus service in West Pasco, Dade City and Zephyrhills.

Railroads

CSX operates three rail lines within the county. Amtrak formerly provided passenger rail service to Dade City, but the stop was terminated in late 2004.

Major roads

  • Interstate 75
  • Suncoast Parkway
  • U.S. Route 19 - Alternate 19
  • U.S. Route 41
  • U.S. Route 98
  • U.S. Route 301
  • State Road 39
  • County Line Road (CR 578)
  • State Road 52
  • State Road 54
  • State Road 56
  • State Road 575
  • Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
  • Rowan Road/East Lake Road (CR 77)
  • Dale Mabry Highway
  • Gunn Highway (CR 587)
  • Little Road (CR 1)