Citrus County, Florida

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Citrus County, Florida
Citrus Cty Crths Inverness01.jpg
Citrus County Courthouse
Seal of Citrus County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Citrus County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded2 June 1887
Named forCitrus trees
Largest communityHomosassa Springs
 • Total773 sq mi (2,002 km2)
 • Land582 sq mi (1,507 km2)
 • Water1,924 sq mi (4,983 km2), 24.8%
 • (2010)141,236
 • Density243/sq mi (94/km²)
Congressional district11th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
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Citrus County, Florida
Citrus Cty Crths Inverness01.jpg
Citrus County Courthouse
Seal of Citrus County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Citrus County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded2 June 1887
Named forCitrus trees
Largest communityHomosassa Springs
 • Total773 sq mi (2,002 km2)
 • Land582 sq mi (1,507 km2)
 • Water1,924 sq mi (4,983 km2), 24.8%
 • (2010)141,236
 • Density243/sq mi (94/km²)
Congressional district11th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4

Citrus County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 141,236.[1] Its county seat is Inverness,[2] and its largest community is Homosassa Springs.

Citrus County comprises the Homosassa Springs, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Citrus County was first occupied about 10,000 years ago and settled about 2,500 years ago by mound-building Native Americans that built the complex that now forms the Crystal River Archeological Site. The site was occupied for about 2,000 years. Why the complex was abandoned is currently unknown.[3]

Citrus County was created in 1887. The Citrus County area was formerly part of a Hernando County. It was named for the county's citrus trees. Citrus production declined dramatically after the "Big Freeze" of 1894-1895. Today, citrus is grown on one large grove, Bellamy Grove. Additionally, some people do have trees on their personal property.

The original Citrus County seat was Mansfield, or Mannsfeld. The county seat was moved to Inverness.

Only a street and a pond remain of the original town.[4]

Sign on the Withlacoochee State Trail marking the site of the "Great Train Wreck of 1956" at Pineola, Florida.

Phosphate mining also played a major part in the history of the County until the end of WWII in which phosphate mining was largely moved overseas.[citation needed] The first newspaper of Citrus County was called the Phosphate Times.[citation needed] Pineola, Florida was the site of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad's "Great Train Wreck of 18 October 1956."

In the 1960s, Citrus County began to develop and housing developments such as Beverly Hills started to dominate the county.[citation needed]

Citrus County has one local television station that broadcasts County Commission meetings live on the first and third Tuesday of each month. In addition, Citrus County is serviced by Bay News 9, a news outlet provided by Bright House Networks.[5]

There are two local newspapers, the Citrus County Chronicle and the Homosassa Beacon.[6]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 773 square miles (2,000 km2), of which 582 square miles (1,510 km2) is land and 192 square miles (500 km2) (24.8%) is water.[7]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]


Historical population
Est. 2013139,271−1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 118,085 people, 52,634 households, and 36,317 families residing in the county. The population density was 78/km² (202/mi²). There were 62,204 housing units at an average density of 41/km² (106/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.05% White, 2.36% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. 2.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 52,634 households out of which 19.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.60.

In the county the population was spread out with 17.20% under the age of 18, 4.60% from 18 to 24, 19.10% from 25 to 44, 26.90% from 45 to 64, and 32.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,001, and the median income for a family was $36,711. Males had a median income of $28,091 versus $21,408 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,585. 11.70% of the population and 8.50% of families were below the poverty line. 18.10% of those under the age of 18 and 7.00% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.




One rail line operates within the county: A freight line to the Crystal River Energy Complex in northern Citrus County. Other lines that used to run through Citrus were either converted into rail trails such as the Cross Town Trail in Crystal River and Withlacoochee State Trail in eastern Citrus County or abandoned.

Major roads[edit]

Public Safety[edit]

Citrus County is protected by Sheriff Jeff J. Dawsy as of January 2013. Citrus County Sheriff and Fire Rescue are combined into one department. The local ambulance service is Nature Coast EMS which is an ALS company. Citrus Sheriff/Fire Rescue is a BLS department with 7 career fire stations and approximately 8 volunteer fire stations. This department is closely modeled after Broward Sheriff/Fire Rescue.


Citrus County leans Republican in national, state and local races, it once elected a mix of some local Conservative Democrats and Republicans, but now elects Republicans to most positions in local elections. Presently Republicans occupy all seats on the Citrus County Commission and the State and Federal legislative delegations for Citrus County.[13] The Sheriff, Jeff Dawsy, is the county's most prominent Democratic office holder; he was first elected in 1996. In terms of voter registration Republicans have nearly a 10,000 registered voter advantage as of February 2013.[14]

Presidential elections results


According to the US Fish & Wildlife Services' Aerial Manatee Surveys, as many as 400 of these unique creatures can be found in Citrus County at one time. This typically occurs only during the coldest months of the year.

Manatees can also be viewed in the underwater observatory at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Most of the park's residents are injured animals undergoing rehabilition or unable to return to the wild.[15] The notable exception is Lucifer, an African hippopotamus. When a permanent home could not be found for the retired actor, then-Governor Lawton Chiles created Lucifer an honorary citizen of the state.[16]

Citrus County also has within its territorial boundaries a number of uninhabited and/or sparsely inhabited coastal islands that can be accessed via watercraft.[17] While some of the Citrus County islands are state lands thus available for public use for recreational opportunities, many other Citrus County islands are private property and are either wholly or partially owned by private parties.[18] A number of the interior islands have private vacation homes and cabins situated along the waterfront.[citation needed]


Citrus County's newspaper of record is the Citrus County Chronicle, published by Landmark Media Enterprises.

Citrus County also has one local TV Station, WYKE-CD. Citrus County also has a dedicated online only newspaper called Citrus Daily. The county is part of the Nielsen-designated Tampa-Saint Petersburg-Sarasota television market.[19] Bright House Networks and Comcast serve different areas of Citrus County, with Bright House serving the western part of the county, including Crystal River; and Comcast serving Inverness, and the eastern county communities; these systems offer most Tampa Bay stations, plus selected channels from the Orlando and Gainesville markets.

Radio stations in Citrus County are part of the Arbitron-designated Gainesville/Ocala Radio market.


The Citrus County Library System consists of 5 branches.



Unincorporated communities[edit]

Former towns[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Crystal River State Archaeological Site
  4. ^ Citrus County Florida INDEPENDENT History & Genealogy Page
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  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  13. ^ Citrus County - Supervisor of Elections
  14. ^ Citrus County - Supervisor of Elections
  15. ^ Welcome to Florida State Parks
  16. ^ Florida Places, Homosassa Springs: Florida Environment Radio
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  19. ^ "Top 50 TV markets ranked by households". Northwestern University Media Management Center. Archived from the original on 7 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  20. ^ Mannfield - Ghost Town
  21. ^ Orleans - Ghost Town
  22. ^ Stage Pond - Ghost Town
  23. ^ Arlington - Ghost Town
  24. ^ Fairmount - Ghost Town

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Coordinates: 28°51′N 82°31′W / 28.85°N 82.52°W / 28.85; -82.52