Sumter County, Florida

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Sumter County, Florida
Bushnell Sumter Cty Crths01.jpg
Seal of Sumter County, Florida
Seal
Map of Florida highlighting Sumter County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded8 January 1853
SeatBushnell
Largest cityBushnell
Area
 • Total580.31 sq mi (1,503 km2)
 • Land545.73 sq mi (1,413 km2)
 • Water34.58 sq mi (90 km2), 5.96%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012)101,620
 • Density171/sq mi (66.11/km²)
Websitewww.sumtercountyfl.gov
 
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Sumter County, Florida
Bushnell Sumter Cty Crths01.jpg
Seal of Sumter County, Florida
Seal
Map of Florida highlighting Sumter County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded8 January 1853
SeatBushnell
Largest cityBushnell
Area
 • Total580.31 sq mi (1,503 km2)
 • Land545.73 sq mi (1,413 km2)
 • Water34.58 sq mi (90 km2), 5.96%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012)101,620
 • Density171/sq mi (66.11/km²)
Websitewww.sumtercountyfl.gov

Sumter County is a county located in the state of Florida, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 93,420. Its county seat is Bushnell,[1] and the largest municipality is Wildwood. 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.

History[edit]

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 long 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[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 580.31 square miles (1,503.0 km2), of which 545.73 square miles (1,413.4 km2) (or 94.04%) is land and 34.58 square miles (89.6 km2) (or 5.96%) is water.[2]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
CensusPop.
18601,549
18702,95290.6%
18804,68658.7%
18905,36314.4%
19006,18715.4%
19106,6968.2%
19207,85117.2%
193010,64435.6%
194011,0413.7%
195011,3302.6%
196011,8694.8%
197014,83925.0%
198024,27263.6%
199031,57730.1%
200053,34568.9%
201093,42075.1%
Est. 2012101,6208.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2012 Estimate[4]

As of the census[5] 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 The Daily Commercial, Sumter County's unemployment rate as of March 2009 is 13.2 percent.

Municipalities[edit]

Incorporated[edit]

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

Unincorporated[edit]

General Thomas Sumter

Transportation[edit]

Railroads[edit]

CSX operates one rail line within the county. Amtrak formerly provided passenger rail service to Wildwood, but the stop was terminated in late 2004.[6] 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. Amtrak ran along this line until 1988. Another line ran from Croom in Hernando County to Center Hill. Today, part of it is a Forest Road in Withlacoochee State Forest north of the Sumter Rest Area on I-75. A fourth one was part of the Orange Belt Railway, which ran from Trilby in Pasco County to Sylvan Lake in Seminole County. This runs along the south side of State Road 50 east of Tarrytown.

Major roads[edit]

Public Transportation[edit]

Sumter County operates Sumter County Transit, which operates three fixed-route services, as well as paratransit service.[7]

Education[edit]

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.[8] Children are eligible to attend the charter school if one or both of their parents work for The Villages.[9]

Libraries[edit]

Sumter County has 5 branches serving its community.

LocationMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
Bushnell Public Library9:00-6:009:00-6:009:00-6:009:00-8:009:00-6:009:00-4:00Closed
E.C. Rowell Public Library9:00-6:009:00-6:009:00-8:009:00-6:009:00-6:009:00-4:00Closed
Panasoffkee Community Library9:00-6:009:00-8:009:00-6:009:00-6:009:00-6:009:00-4:00Closed
Villages Public Library (Belvedere)9:00-6:009:00-6:009:00-6:009:00-8:009:00-6:009:00-4:00Closed
Villages Public Library (Pinellas Plaza)9:00-6:009:00-8:009:00-6:009:00-6:009:00-6:009:00-4:00Closed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "St. Petersburg Times". Loss of Amtrak service shouldn't derail Dade City. Retrieved 2004-10-29. 
  7. ^ http://sumtercountyfl.gov/index.aspx?NID=184
  8. ^ "Welcome." The Villages Charter Schools. Retrieved on December 11, 2008.
  9. ^ "Charter-in-the-Workplace." The Villages Charter Schools. Retrieved on December 11, 2008.

External links[edit]

Government links/Constitutional offices[edit]

Special districts[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

Museum and Library Resources[edit]

Business and Visitor Information[edit]

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