Bushnell, Florida

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Bushnell, Florida
Old Sumter County Courthouse
Old Sumter County Courthouse
Location in Sumter County and the state of Florida
Location in Sumter County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°39′54″N 82°06′46″W / 28.66500°N 82.11278°W / 28.66500; -82.11278Coordinates: 28°39′54″N 82°06′46″W / 28.66500°N 82.11278°W / 28.66500; -82.11278[1]
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
County Sumter
Government
 • Temporary MayorBil Durham
Area
 • Total11.97 sq mi (31.00 km2)
 • Land11.68 sq mi (30.26 km2)
 • Water0.29 sq mi (0.74 km2)
Elevation75 ft (23 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total2,418
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
3,119
 • Density266.99/sq mi (103.09/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
33513
Area code(s)352
FIPS code12-09625[4]
Websitecityofbushnellfl.com

Bushnell is a city in Sumter County, Florida, United States. The population was 2,050 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2005, the city had a population of 2,119.[5] It is the county seat of Sumter County.[6]

History[edit]

A post office called Bushnell has been in operation since 1885.[7] The City of Bushnell was named after John W. Bushnell, who was responsible for bringing the railroad to the community.[8]

Geography[edit]

Bushnell is located in west central Sumter County.

Transportation[edit]

The main roads through Bushnell include US 301 which runs north and south through the city. County Road 48 (SR 48 until 2016) and County Road 476 run east and west, and have short concurrency with US 301, as well as each other.

Interstate 75 runs along the western edge of Bushnell with Exit 314 leading to Sumter CR 314. County Road 475 begins at CR 48 and runs the CSX Wildwood Subdivision, which carried Amtrak's Palmetto until 2004.[9] The Wildwood Subdivision runs along US 301 from north of the Hernando-Sumter County Line, to Bushnell until Route 301 turns onto East Noble Avenue. From there it runs along the east side of CR 48 until that route turns west onto West Belt Avenue, then follows the east side of CR 475 until its terminus at Exit 321 on I-75 at CR 470 in Lake Panasoffkee.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920400
193059147.8%
194067614.4%
1950536−20.7%
196064420.1%
19707008.7%
198098340.4%
19901,998103.3%
20002,0502.6%
20102,41818.0%
Est. 20183,119[3]29.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,050 people, 830 households, and 538 families residing in the city. The population density was 871.7 inhabitants per square mile (336.8/km²). There were 1,004 housing units at an average density of 426.9 per square mile (165.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.37% White, 12.98% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 1.27% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.56% of the population.

There were 830 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% 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 2.79.

In the city, the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,676, and the median income for a family was $34,063. Males had a median income of $27,986 versus $23,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,737. About 11.0% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Sumter County operates Bushnell Annex in Room 201 at 910 North Main Street.[11]

Sumter District Schools headquarters and South Sumter High School are located in Bushnell.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bushnell, Florida
  2. ^ "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 19, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Population Estimate" (CSV). United States Census Bureau.
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. ^ "County". Jim Forte Postal History. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  8. ^ Blackstone, Lillian (Mar 23, 1952). "Into center of state". St. Petersburg Times. p. 19. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  9. ^ Map of Sumter County, 1932 (University of South Florida)
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Support Services." Sumter County, Florida. Retrieved on December 11, 2008.

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