|The Great City of Zephyrhills
|— City —|
|Motto: "City of pure water"|
|Pasco County and the state of Florida|
|Settled||April 18, 1888|
|• Mayor||Daniel Burgress|
|• City Manager||Jim Drumm|
|• City Clerk||Linda Boan|
|• Youth Leader(unofficial)||Tommy Driscoll|
|• City Council President||Lance Smith|
|• Total||6.4 sq mi (16.4 km2)|
|• Land||6.3 sq mi (16.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||95 ft (29 m)|
|• Density||1,692.7/sq mi (660.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0293620|
Zephyrhills is a city in Pasco County, Florida. The population was 10,833 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2004 estimates, the city had a population of 11,854. It is a suburb of the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area. Zephyrhills is also known as the headquarters of the Zephyrhills bottled water company.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,833 people, 4,944 households,5,968 Chickens, 959 Dogs and 2,986 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,728.2 inhabitants per square mile (667.1/km²). There were 6,167 housing units at an average density of 983.8 per square mile (379.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.63% White, 2.79% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.60% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.03% of the population.
There were 4,944 households out of which 20.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them. 46.5% were married couples living with others, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.63.
In the city the population was spread out with 18.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 44.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city in 2005 was $33,100, and the median income for a family was $33,502. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $21,648 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,047. About 9.3% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over. The 600 Million Powerball May 2013 solo winning ticket was sold here.
Major roads 
- U.S. Route 301 (Fort King Highway/Gall Boulevard) is the main road through Zephyrhills running north and south through the city.
- Florida State Road 39 (Paul S. Buchman Highway/Gall Boulevard) runs northwest and southeast from Plant City into US 301 in Zephyrhills, and joins US 301 as a "hidden state road."
- Pasco County Road 41 (Fort King Highway/Fort King Road) is an extension of SR 41, which is a hidden state road along US 301 from the Hillsborough County Line.
- Florida State Road 54 (Fifth Avenue) is the main east-west road that runs through southern Pasco County, from US 19 near Holiday to US 301 in Zephyrhills. A County extension (Pasco CR 54/Eiland Boulevard) from the intersection of SR 54 and Pasco CR 579 to U.S. Route 98 in Branchborough also exists, and a western extension to Pasco CR 577 in Wesley Chapel is planned for construction.
- Florida State Road 56 is a 2002-built road between SR 54 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Wesley Chapel, that is planned to be extended to US 301 south of Zephyrhills.
- Pasco County Road 579 (Morris Bridge Road/Eiland Boulevard/Handcart Road) is a bi-county extension of Florida State Road 579 that runs from northern Tampa, through the western edge of the city, to west of Dade City. Pasco County Road 54 overlaps Pasco CR 579 north of SR 54 until it branches off to the east.
- Pasco County Road 535 (Chancey Road/Old Lakeland Highway) runs along the southern and eastern edge of the city and north into Alternate Pasco County Road 35 in Vitis.
The city is served by Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. It was also once served by the 1927-built Zephyrhills Depot on the Atlantic Coast Line, which is now the Zephyrhills Depot Museum at a city park near the airport.
The Zephyrhills Municipal Airport is also the home of Skydive City, one of the world's largest skydiving drop zones. Host to the 2013 National Competion.
Public safety 
The city is policed by the Zephyrhills Police Department, a force of about 35 sworn officers. The current chief of police is David W. Shears. The Zephyrhills Fire Department serves the community and consists of career and volunteer firefighters.The interim Fire Chief is Verne Riggall. 
Notable people 
- Dave Eiland, former major league pitcher
- Michael Haynes III, pro wrestler
- Ramiele Malubay, American Idol finalist (attended Zephyrhills High School until 2002)
- Ryan Pickett, defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers, graduated from Zephyrhills High School in 1998
- Buzzie Reutimann, race car driver
- Domonic Brown, baseball player
- David Reutimann, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver
- Carl Tanzler (aka Carl von Cosel), famous for stealing and preserving the corpse of Elena Milagro Hoyos
- Tracy Negoshian, fashion designer
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Zephyrhills, Florida (FL) Detailed Profile - relocation, real estate, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, news, sex offenders
Further reading 
- Harrison, Benjamin (1997). Undying Love - The Shocking True Story of a Passion That Defied Death. St. Martin's. ISBN 0-312-97802-2.
- Trottman, Rosemary W. (1978). The History of Zephyrhills, 1821-1921. Vantage Press. ISBN 0-533-02882-5.
- Wise, Madonna Jervis (2008). Tapestry-Zephyrhills: An Anthology of Its History Through Education. BookSurge Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4196-9640-4.
- Wise, Madonna Jervis (2010). Zephyrhills (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-6676-4.
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