Beverly Hills, Florida

Coordinates: 28°55′3″N 82°27′22″W / 28.91750°N 82.45611°W / 28.91750; -82.45611
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Beverly Hills
Location in Citrus County and the state of Florida
Location in Citrus County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°55′3″N 82°27′22″W / 28.91750°N 82.45611°W / 28.91750; -82.45611
Country United States
State Florida
County Citrus
 • Total2.97 sq mi (7.68 km2)
 • Land2.97 sq mi (7.68 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
102 ft (31 m)
 • Total9,961
 • Density3,357.26/sq mi (1,296.28/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code352
FIPS code12-06125[2]
GNIS feature ID0304633[3]

Beverly Hills is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Citrus County, Florida, United States. The population was 8,445 at the 2010 census.[4]


Sam Kellner, a Jewish businessman from New York, made a fortune in the tire business during the 1930s and 1940s, after which he went into construction and real estate development. Around 1960 he purchased 3,500 acres of land in interior Citrus County. Within a few years, Kellner began to develop the former cattle land, selling simple, single-story homes to retirees from the urban North, especially New York and Detroit. Kellner named his new venture Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills was among the first retirement-oriented planned communities in Central Florida. Like other such developments in South Florida and the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, a private company—Kellner’s Rolling Oaks Corporation—owned most of the non-residential property, including a nearby lumberyard and concrete plant. Purchasing land in a rural, inland area allowed Kellner to market the new community to working class retirees at affordable prices. Beverly Hills proved an early success, growing from 20 homes in the spring of 1962 to around 400 by the end of 1965. In 1972, the development’s population reached 4,500 residents living in 2,200 homes.[5]

In 1980, Beverly Hills Development Corp. purchased the subdivision from original developer Sam Kellner in 1980 and nine years later it was sold to Morrison Homes, the Atlanta-based home builder which ceased selling homes in the subdivision in 1999. [6]


Beverly Hills is located in north-central Citrus County at 28°55′03″N 82°27′22″W / 28.917466°N 82.456167°W / 28.917466; -82.456167.[7] It is nearly surrounded by the community of Pine Ridge, except for a small area on the west where it is bordered by Black Diamond. County Road 491 (North Lecanto Highway) forms the northwestern edge of the Beverly Hills CDP, leading northeast 4 miles (6 km) to U.S. Route 41 and southwest 5 miles (8 km) to State Road 44 in Lecanto.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.7 km2), all land.[4]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,317 people, 4,401 households, and 2,583 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,922.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,128.2/km2). There were 4,925 housing units at an average density of 1,730.3 per square mile (668.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.90% White, 1.71% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.97% of the population.

There were 4,401 households, out of which 10.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.3% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 28.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.87 and the average family size was 2.35.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 10.8% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 13.2% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 54.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 68 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $24,875, and the median income for a family was $31,505. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $16,857 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,014. About 8.4% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

Public transportation[edit]

Citrus County Transit's Orange route serves Beverly Hills.[9]


The CDP is served by Citrus County Schools.[10] Residents are divided between Forest Ridge Elementary School and Central Ridge Elementary School.[11] Residents are divided between Citrus Springs Middle and Lecanto Middle.[12] All residents are zoned to Lecanto High School.[13]

St. Paul’s Lutheran School is a Christian Pre-K-8 school of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Beverly Hills.[14]

The Central Ridge Library of Citrus Libraries is in Beverly Hills.[15]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Beverly Hills CDP, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "ISJL - Florida Citrus County Encyclopedia". Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  6. ^ "Morrison retires from building Beverly Hills". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Transportation". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  10. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Beverly Hills CDP, FL." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 3, 2017. Compare this map to the attendance boundary maps of the school district.
  11. ^ "Citrus County Elementary School Attendance Boundaries Archived 2015-02-26 at the Wayback Machine." Citrus County Schools. Retrieved on February 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Citrus County Middle School Attendance Boundaries Archived 2015-02-26 at the Wayback Machine." Citrus County Schools. Retrieved on February 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "Citrus County High School Attendance Boundaries Archived 2015-02-26 at the Wayback Machine." Citrus County Schools. Retrieved on February 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "St. Paul's Lutheran School". Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Locations & Hours Archived 2017-02-05 at the Wayback Machine." Citrus Libraries. Retrieved on February 4, 2017. "CENTRAL RIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd. Beverly Hills, FL 34465"

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