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Seffner, Florida
—  CDP  —
Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°59′32″N 82°16′36″W / 27.99222°N 82.27667°W / 27.99222; -82.27667Coordinates: 27°59′32″N 82°16′36″W / 27.99222°N 82.27667°W / 27.99222; -82.27667
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Hillsborough
Area
 - Total 3.7 sq mi (9.7 km2)
 - Land 3.6 sq mi (9.4 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 69 ft (21 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,467
 - Density 1,477.6/sq mi (563.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33583-33584
Area code(s) 813
FIPS code 12-64925[1]
GNIS feature ID 0290820[2]

Seffner is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,467 at the 2000 census, although its ZIP codes (33584 & 33583), which boundaries extend beyond the ones given by the census and include the places of Mango and a portion of Thonotosassa, have a population of around 35,000.

Approximately 15 miles east of downtown Tampa, Seffner serves as a suburban haven for commuters. Characterized by towering live oak trees, strawberry farms and pristine lakes, this small town has been growing rapidly. Upscale, gated subdivisions now dot the once rural landscape.

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High schools

Armwood High School is in Seffner. It was given a grade of "C" by the Florida Department of Education in 2008. The school's football team has made 3 straight FHSAA state final appearances, including a championship in 2004 and 2005 and a close loss in 2006.

Geography

Seffner is located at 27°59′32″N 82°16′36″W / 27.992299°N 82.276692°W / 27.992299; -82.276692.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.7 km²), of which, 3.6 square miles (9.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (2.95%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,467 people, 2,075 households, and 1,520 families residing in the community. The population density was 1,512.2 people per square mile (583.1/km²). There were 2,168 housing units at an average density of 599.7/sq mi (231.2/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 91.35% White, 3.26% African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.02% Asian, 2.71% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.21% of the population.

There were 2,075 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the community the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the community was $42,614, and the median income for a family was $49,152. Males had a median income of $32,266 versus $26,328 for females. The per capita income for the community was $19,888. About 3.2% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

History

According to the Seffner Chamber of Commerce, the exact date of Seffner's founding is unknown. Some historians claim that Seffner's streets were originally laid out in 1862, but not recorded as a plat formally until 1885. Seffner's post office was opened in 1884, once a new railroad line in the area had been planned. The community was in fact named for its first postmaster, F.P. Seffner. That same year, Seffner's first school and store were opened. The main thoroughfare leading north and south was Lenna Avenue and leading east and west was Highway Number 23, renamed Buffalo Avenue because of its erstwhile use as a buffalo trail, and then renamed again in 1989 to its current name, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd (Hwy 574). Seffner (and neighboring Mango and Dover) served as the three primary towns along the South Florida Railroad right-of-way between Tampa and Plant City. These towns owe their existence and prosperity to the railroad, each becoming an important shipping center.

According to Ernest Robinson, County Historian, Seffner quickly became a prosperous little place with prosperous people, groves, a hotel (later destroyed by fire), one drug store, several dry goods stores and a livery stable. Early pioneer families included the Hookers, Weeks (after whom Lake Weeks was named), Simmons, Mitchells, (their son became Governor of Florida in the early 1900s) Pembertons, Hendersons, Wheelers, Tomberlins, Morris, Harvey, Littles, O'Briens, Beaty, Baucom, Gray and Spencer.

When the yellow fever epidemic hit Tampa in the fall of 1887 and in 1888, many Tampa refugees fled in panic to Seffner for temporary shelter in the hotel there (non-extant). However, as refugees and mail arrived in Seffner, they were fumigated as protection from the epidemic. Among the refugees was T.C. Taliaferro of the First National Bank of Tampa, who operated a branch banking business from Seffner during the epidemic.

First Baptist Church of Seffner founded in 1888.

The freeze of 1894 and '95 brought disaster to Seffner. Many citizens left, while others remained to rebuild their losses once more. Yet, Seffner survived and regained its affluence. Attractive subdivisions were built to accommodate the influx of desirable residents. The beauty and popularity of the area, including Lakes Hooker, Locarno and Weeks, prompted others to relocate to the area. By 1925, Seffner was the fourth largest town in Hillsborough County, Florida.

After the Second World War, Seffner became a sleepy Florida town with many residents relocating to Tampa. Today, visitors can still see vestiges of older buildings and farms along the backroads of Seffner. As Tampa and neighboring Brandon expand eastward, Seffner is expected to benefit from a boom in commerce and further residential development.

Wildlife conservation

Of some international renown is Life Fellowship Bird Sanctuary, affiliated with a local church. Both birds and reptiles are kept there, and the facility's success in breeding rock iguanas in captivity was reported in the press.[4]

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