Elfers, Florida

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Elfers, Florida
The historic Samuel Baker House on the NRHP
The historic Samuel Baker House on the NRHP
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°12′58″N 82°43′22″W / 28.21611°N 82.72278°W / 28.21611; -82.72278Coordinates: 28°12′58″N 82°43′22″W / 28.21611°N 82.72278°W / 28.21611; -82.72278
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.75 sq mi (9.72 km2)
 • Land3.73 sq mi (9.65 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.06 km2)
39 ft (12 m)
 • Total14,573
 • Density3,910.12/sq mi (1,509.80/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)727
FIPS code12-20275[2]
GNIS feature ID0282152[3]

Elfers is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pasco County, Florida, United States. The population was 13,161 at the 2000 census.

It was historically known as a sundown town for blacks and other minorities as is still reflected in the demographics.


Elfers is located at 28°12′58″N 82°43′22″W / 28.21611°N 82.72278°W / 28.21611; -82.72278 (28.216072, -82.722735).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2), of which 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.57%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 13,161 people, 5,701 households, and 3,563 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,749.2 people per square mile (1,447.7/km2). There were 6,482 housing units at an average density of 1,846.5/sq mi (713.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.19% White, 0.96% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.52% of the population.

There were 5,701 households, out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 20.1% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 30.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $28,998, and the median income for a family was $31,735. Males had a median income of $27,536 versus $21,595 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $15,801. About 10.6% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.


The area was known as the Baillie settlement until the Elfers post office was established on Dec. 14, 1909. Frieda Marie (Bolling) Eiland, the wife of the first postmaster, chose the name of the post office to honor a favorite uncle, whose last name was Elfers. Railroad service came to Elfers for the shipment of citrus in 1913. In 1915, the Elfers School opened; it was the first brick school in western Pasco County. A new building replaced it in 1966.[6] The Elfers School red brick school has been converted into the Elfers CARES Center which celebrated a grand re-opening in 2013. The building now has a cafe, a "spacious auditorium", and is the home of the Avery Branch of the New Port Richey Public Library.[7] Elfers was incorporated from 1925 to 1933.


  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Logan, Lee (October 15, 2011). "Renovations about to begin on Pasco's old Elfers School". Tampa Bay Times.
  7. ^ Orth, Carl (May 7, 2013). "Community to welcome back redone Elfers center". The Suncoast News. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014.

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