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New Port Richey, Florida

Coordinates: 28°14′56″N 82°43′4″W / 28.24889°N 82.71778°W / 28.24889; -82.71778
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New Port Richey, Florida
City of New Port Richey
Photo of Main Street & US-19 showcasing the Historic Downtown New Port Richey sign.
Photo of Main Street & US-19 showcasing the Historic Downtown New Port Richey sign.
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°14′56″N 82°43′4″W / 28.24889°N 82.71778°W / 28.24889; -82.71778
Country United States of America
State Florida
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorChopper Davis[1]
 • Deputy MayorMatt Murphy
 • Council MembersPeter Altman,
Mike Peters, and
Kelly Mothershead
 • City ManagerDebbie L. Manns
 • City ClerkJudy Meyers
 • Total4.61 sq mi (11.93 km2)
 • Land4.55 sq mi (11.80 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
16 ft (5 m)
 • Total16,728
 • Density3,672.45/sq mi (1,417.82/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code727
FIPS code12-48500[3]
GNIS feature ID0287669[4]
WebsiteCity of New Port Richey

New Port Richey is a city in Pasco County, Florida, United States. It is a suburban city included in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was counted at 16,728 in the 2020 census.


By 1914 the area around Orange Lake was being called "New Port Richey" and the older part of Port Richey was called "Old Port Richey." In 1915 a separate post office was established for the residents of the southern part of Port Richey. The post office was named New Port Richey, and the name became official. The first postmaster was Gerben DeVries. The growth of the city came about after George Sims purchased the Port Richey Land Company. He built a home in New Port Richey in 1916.

The first Chasco Fiesta was held in 1922 to raise money for the local library. The event was revived in 1947 and has been held annually since then. It includes a large street parade and a boat parade on successive Saturdays.

In 1924 New Port Richey was incorporated. The first mayor was Dr. Elroy M. Avery, an educator, historian, and prolific author who came to New Port Richey from Cleveland after he retired in 1919.[5]

The first act of the city council was to accept Enchantment Park as a gift from George Sims. The park was renamed Sims Park. The main attractions of the city were the park, the Pithlachascotee River, and Orange Lake.

In the mid-1920s the city hoped to become a winter home for Hollywood stars. In fact, Thomas Meighan, a leading actor in silent movies, built a large home on the river in 1928 and spent the winters there. He hoped to make movies in New Port Richey. Gene Sarazen, one of the top golfers in the 1920s, also built a home in New Port Richey. He invented the modern sand wedge in a garage in New Port Richey. Other Hollywood figures such as Ed Wynn visited New Port Richey. Songwriter Irving Berlin and bandleader Paul Whiteman made down payments on property, but did not build homes. In 1926, a new theater named for Thomas Meighan opened, and in 1927, the Hacienda Hotel, a 55-room Spanish-style luxury hotel, was completed. Moon Lake Gardens and Dude Ranch, which featured a private game preserve of 7,000 acres, opened in the 1930s.

The end of the 1920s Florida land boom ended the aspirations of New Port Richey to become a haven for Hollywood celebrities, and the Great Depression had a devastating effect on the town. By 1938 the town had lost its Tarpon Springs Branch passenger train connection to the Seaboard Air Line Railway network, a significant loss in the era before Interstates and jet airplanes.[6][7]

Beginning in the late 1960s, western Pasco County began a decades-long period of rapid population growth, although the population of New Port Richey has not increased much because of the small area which makes up the city. Most of the population of western Pasco County is in unincorporated areas. Pasco-Hernando State College began offering classes in New Port Richey in 1972, and completed construction of a campus in 1976. Gulf View Square shopping mall opened in 1980. In 1995, New Port Richey became sister cities with Cavalaire-sur-Mer on the French Riviera. Cavalaire Square in downtown was named in honor of that relationship.[8] In 2004 President George W. Bush, campaigning for re-election, spoke to supporters in Sims Park.


New Port Richey is located at 28°14′56″N 82°43′04″W / 28.248918°N 82.717685°W / 28.248918; -82.717685.[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2), of which 4.5 square miles (12 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.53%) is water.

The Pithlachascotee River flows through the downtown area on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
New Port Richey racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Pop 2010[11] Pop 2020[12] % 2010 % 2020
White (NH) 12,289 12,447 82.42% 74.41%
Black or African American (NH) 387 731 2.60% 4.37%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 54 62 0.36% 0.37%
Asian (NH) 211 234 1.42% 1.40%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian (NH) 3 13 0.02% 0.08%
Some other race (NH) 20 70 0.13% 0.42%
Two or more races/Multiracial (NH) 276 731 1.85% 4.37%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 1,671 2,440 11.21% 14.59%
Total 14,911 16,728

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 16,728 people, 7,595 households, and 4,145 families residing in the city.[13]

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 14,911 people, 7,030 households, and 3,624 families residing in the city.[14]


New Port Richey has four high schools, Gulf High School, Wendell Krinn Technical High School, River Ridge High School, and J. W. Mitchell High School. Of the four, only Gulf High School is located within the city limits of New Port Richey. A satellite campus of Fort Lauderdale-based Keiser University is also located in the city.[15]

Museums and libraries[edit]

Parks and recreation[edit]

  • Sims Park and Orange Lake Park
  • Cotee River Park
  • Frances Avenue Park
  • Grand Boulevard Park
  • James E. Grey Preserve
  • Jasmin Park
  • Meadows Dog Park
  • Russ Park[16]

Public Safety[edit]

The New Port Richey Fire Department provides fire protection services within the city. The department has 2 Fire stations located within the city.[17] Pasco County Fire Rescue covers all emergency medical services. The New Port Richey Police Department is the responsible law enforcement agency within the city, the agency has 44 sworn officers.[18]


Top employers[edit]

According to New Port Richey's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[19] the top employers in the city were:

# Employer # of Employees
1 North Bay Hospital/Morton Plant 700
2 The Harbor Behavioral Health Care Institute 340
3 Gulfside Regional Hospice 214
4 Madison Pointe Rehab & Health 196
5 Hyundai of New Port Richey 150
6 Orchard Ridge Nursing Center 135
7 Heather Hills Nursing Home 135
8 Southern Pines Nursing Center 128
9 Cracker Barrel 120

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "City Council — City of New Port Richey". cityofnewportrichey.org. Retrieved February 29, 2024.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ History of Pasco County - Early Residents of Pasco County by Jeff Miller (with sources given including 1950 Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia).
  6. ^ "Seaboard Air Line Railway, Table 10". Official Guide of the Railways. 64 (9). National Railway Publication Company. February 1932.
  7. ^ "Seaboard Air Line Railway, Table 16, Freight only". Official Guide of the Railways. 71 (3). National Railway Publication Company. August 1938.
  8. ^ "About New Port Richey". Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - New Port Richey city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  12. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - New Port Richey city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  13. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2020: New Port Richey city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  14. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2010: New Port Richey city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  15. ^ New Port Richey Campus at Keiser University official website. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  16. ^ "City of New Port Richey". p. Parks and Facilities. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  17. ^ "New Port Richey Fire Department". City of New Port Richey.
  18. ^ "New Port Richey Police Department". City of New Port Richey.
  19. ^ City of New Port Richey. "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (2012)". Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved October 3, 2013.


  1. ^ formerly of the American boy band, Dream Street.

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