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Sumter County, Florida
Seal of Sumter County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Sumter County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the U.S. highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Seat Bushnell
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

580 sq mi (1,502 km²)

35 sq mi (91 km²), 5.96%
PopulationEst.
 - (2006)
 - Density

68,768
98/sq mi (38/km²)
Founded 8 January 1853
Bushnell Sumter Cty Crths01.jpg
Website www.sumtercountyfl.gov/

Sumter County is a county located in the state of Florida, United States. As of the 2000 Census, the population was 53,345. The 2006 Census estimate puts its population at 68,768 [1]. Its county seat is Bushnell, Florida[1] and the largest incorporated municipality is Wildwood, Florida. The Villages, an unincorporated community, is its most populous location. Sumter County was affected by the massive Florida tornado outbreak of February 2, 2007, and declared a state of emergency.

The Villages Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Sumter County.

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History

Sumter County was created in 1853. It was named for General Thomas Sumter, a hero of the American Revolutionary War. The county in the past, and to this day by some, is nicknamed "Hog County" most likely because it is home to a large population of wild hogs. Hog hunting is still a favorite pastime of locals in the more rural portions of the county.

Although extremely rural, in recent years Sumter County has sustained an exceptionally large increase in population, almost solely due to the expansion of The Villages retirement complex, a significant portion of which is in the county. This has dramatically changed the demographics of the county and has brought in significant income.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 580 square miles (1,503 km²), of which, 546 square miles (1,413 km²) of it is land and 35 square miles (90 km²) of it (5.96%) is water.

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Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 53,345 people, 20,779 households, and 15,043 families residing in the county. The population density was 98 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 25,195 housing units at an average density of 46 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.60% White, 13.78% Black or African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.16% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. 6.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,779 households out of which 18.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.90% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.62.

In the county the population was spread out with 16.10% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 23.30% from 25 to 44, 27.30% from 45 to 64, and 27.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 113.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,073, and the median income for a family was $36,999. Males had a median income of $27,346 versus $21,145 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,830. About 9.60% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.00% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over. According to WORKFORCE CENTRAL FLORIDA, Sumter County's unemployment rate as of March 2009 is 8.3 percent.

Municipalities

Incorporated

  1. City of Bushnell
  2. City of Center Hill
  3. City of Coleman
  4. City of Webster
  5. City of Wildwood

Unincorporated

Transportation

Railroads

CSX operates one rail line within the county. Amtrak formerly provided passenger rail service to Wildwood, but the stop was terminated in late 2004.[3] Other lines have existed in the past, most notably one from Coleman southeast towards Auburndale in Polk County, part of which includes the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail in Mabel.

Major roads

  • I-75.svg Interstate 75 runs north and south across the western and northern part of the county, with interchanges at County Roads 476B & 673(Exit 309), SR 48 (Exit 314) CR 470(Exit 321), Florida's Turnpike(Exit 328), and SR 44(Exit 329).
  • Florida's Turnpike shield.png Florida's Turnpike runs north and south from Southeastern and Central Florida. Only two interechanges exist in the county; US 301(Exit 304) and at the northern terminus at I-75(unmarked Exit 309), in Wildwood. Plans are currently under way to reconstruct the interchange, by combining it with I-75 & SR 44.
  • US 301.svg U.S. Route 301 is the main local road through Sumter County, running southwest to northeast.
  • Florida 44.svg State Road 44 runs east and west through the northern part of the county from Rutland into Lake County.
  • Sumter County Road 470 FL.svg County Road 470: runs east and west from SR 44 near the Sumter-Citrus County Line along the west side of Lake Panasoffkee, then briefly joins US 301 in Sumterville before heading east again towards Lake County.
  • Florida 48.svgSumter County Road 48 FL.svg State and County Road 48 runs mostly east and west through Central Sumter County. It spans from Floral City in Citrus County to Howey-in-the Hills in Lake County as a county road, while the segment in Bushnell between I-75(Exit 314) and US 301 remains a state road. Between the western terminus and US 301, it is also shared by the DeSoto Trail.
  • Sumter County Road 476 FL.svg County Road 476: East-West Bi-County road running from Nobleton in Hernando County to Webster. The road spans as far west as US 19 along the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Florida 50.svg State Road 50 runs east and west across the southern part of the county from Withlacoochee State Forest in Hernando County through Tarrytown and Mabel before entering Lake County.
  • Florida 471.svg State Road 471 runs north and south from Polk County north of US 98 into US 301 in Sumterville.
  • Sumter County Road 475 FL.svg County Road 475
  • Sumter County Road 475 FL.svg County Road 466-A
  • Sumter County Road 466 FL.svg County Road 466
  • Sumter County Road 462 FL.svg County Road 462
  • Sumter County Road 476B FL.svg County Road 476-B

Education

Sumter District Schools operates district public schools in Sumter County.

The Villages Charter Schools is a K-12 charter school in unincorporated northern Sumter County in The Villages CDP.[4] Children are eligible to attend the charter school if one or both of their parents work for The Villages.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "St. Petersburg Times". Loss of Amtrak service shouldn't derail Dade City. http://www.sptimes.com/2004/10/29/Pasco/Loss_of_Amtrak_servic.shtml. Retrieved 2004-10-29.  
  4. ^ "Welcome." The Villages Charter Schools. Retrieved on December 11, 2008.
  5. ^ "Charter-in-the-Workplace." The Villages Charter Schools. Retrieved on December 11, 2008.

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

Special districts

Judicial branch

Museum and Library Resources

Coordinates: 28°43′N 82°05′W / 28.71°N 82.08°W / 28.71; -82.08


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Sumter County, Florida
File:Sumter County Fl Seal.png
Map
File:Map of Florida highlighting Sumter County.png
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the USA highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 8 January 1853
Seat Bushnell
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 5.96%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2006)
 - Density

68768
Website: www.sumtercountyfl.gov/

Sumter County is a county located in the state of Florida, United States. As of the 2000 Census, the population was 53,345. The 2006 Census estimate puts its population at 68,768 [1]. Its county seat is Bushnell6 and the largest incorporated municipality is Wildwood. The Villages, an unincorporated neighborhood, is its most populous location. Micropolitan Statistical Area. Sumter County was affected by the massive Florida tornado outbreak of February 2, 2007 and declared a state of emergency.

Contents

History

Sumter County was created in 1853. It was named for General Thomas Sumpter, a hero of the American Revolutionary War. The nickname was given to the county because the region was known for its lawless nature and for being a haven for many moonshiners, crooks, and outlaws.

Although extremely rural, in recent years Sumter County has sustained an exceptionally large increase in population, almost solely due to the expansion of The Villages retirement complex, a significant portion of which is in the county. This has dramatically changed the demographics of the county and has brought in significant income.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,503 km² (580 sq mi). 1,413 km² (546 sq mi) of it is land and 90 km² (35 sq mi) of it (5.96%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 53,345 people, 20,779 households, and 15,043 families residing in the county. The population density was 38/km² (98/sq mi). There were 25,195 housing units at an average density of 18/km² (46/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 82.60% White, 13.78% Black or African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.16% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. 6.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,779 households out of which 18.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.90% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.62.

In the county the population was spread out with 16.10% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 23.30% from 25 to 44, 27.30% from 45 to 64, and 27.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 113.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,073, and the median income for a family was $36,999. Males had a median income of $27,346 versus $21,145 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,830. About 9.60% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.00% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

Municipalities

Incorporated

  1. City of Bushnell
  2. City of Center Hill
  3. City of Coleman
  4. City of Webster
  5. City of Wildwood

Unincorporated

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

Special districts

Judicial branch

Miscellaneous

  • Photographs From the State Library & Archives of Florida.

Coordinates: 28°43′N 82°05′W / 28.71, -82.08

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Sumter County, Florida
Map

Location in the state of Florida

Florida's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 8 January 1853
Seat Bushnell
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

580 sq mi (1,502 km²)

35 sq mi (91 km²), 5.96%
Population
 - (2006)
 - Density

68,768
98/sq mi (38/km²)
Website: www.sumtercountyfl.gov/

Sumter County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2000 Census, the population was 53,345. Sumter County was created in 1853.


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