Floral City, Florida

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Floral City, Florida
Census-designated place
Picturesque East Orange Avenue in Floral City was once part of SR 48.
Picturesque East Orange Avenue in Floral City was once part of SR 48.
Location in Citrus County and the state of Florida
Location in Citrus County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°44′N 82°18′W / 28.733°N 82.300°W / 28.733; -82.300Coordinates: 28°44′N 82°18′W / 28.733°N 82.300°W / 28.733; -82.300
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Citrus
Area
 • Total 24.9 sq mi (64.5 km2)
 • Land 23.3 sq mi (60.4 km2)
 • Water 1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)
Elevation 62 ft (19 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,217
 • Density 224/sq mi (86.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 34436
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-22775[1]
GNIS feature ID 0282585[2]

Floral City is a census-designated place (CDP) in Citrus County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,217 at the 2010 census.[3] The community is home to the Floral City Heritage Hall Museum and hosts the Floral City Heritage Days the first weekend in December. The area has a history of phosphate mining and includes historic homes.

Geography[edit]

Floral City is located in southeastern Citrus County at 28°44′N 82°18′W (28.7407,-82.2954). It is bordered to the south by Hernando County. U.S. Route 41 runs through the community, leading north 6 miles (10 km) to Inverness, the Citrus County seat, and south 15 miles (24 km) to Brooksville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 24.9 square miles (64.5 km2), of which 23.3 square miles (60.4 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), or 6.37%, is water.[3] Floral City is located at the south end of Tsala Apopka Lake, a chain of lakes and wetlands that are part of the Withlacoochee River basin.[4] The town is located at the 23 mile marker (middle) of the Withlacoochee State Trail, a linear state park that follows an old railroad line. It is currently the longest paved trail in Florida at 46 miles (74 km).

History[edit]

Floral City was laid out and surveyed in 1883 by the surveyor W.H. Havron and then-Senator Austin S. Mann. The land was owned by James Baker, son-in-law of ex-Confederate soldier John Paul Formy-Duval, an early area settler and landowner. The village was at one time larger than Miami,[citation needed] due to the phosphate mining industry located in Citrus County. Around the time of World War I, the mining industry shut down in Floral City. After the war, mining was moved south to the Bartow area east of Tampa.[citation needed]

The community is said to be a slice of "Old Florida" that remains relatively intact.[citation needed] The town was named Floral City for its abundance of wild flowers, which are still plentiful today.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,989 people, 2,180 households, and 1,473 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 213.9 people per square mile (82.6/km²). There were 2,664 housing units at an average density of 114.2/sq mi (44.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96% White, 1.6% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 2,180 households out of which 20.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.69.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 29.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $28,180, and the median income for a family was $33,404. Males had a median income of $26,972 versus $22,348 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,793. About 10.7% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.6% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

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