Plant City, Florida

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Plant City, Florida
City
Plant City's city hall
Plant City's city hall
Official seal of Plant City, Florida
Seal
Location in Hillsborough County and the U.S. state of Florida
Location in Hillsborough County and the U.S. state of Florida
Plant City, Florida is located in the US
Plant City, Florida
Plant City, Florida
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 28°1′N 82°8′W / 28.017°N 82.133°W / 28.017; -82.133Coordinates: 28°1′N 82°8′W / 28.017°N 82.133°W / 28.017; -82.133
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Hillsborough
City Plant City
Government
 • Mayor Rick A. Lott
 • City Manager Bill McDaniel
Area[1]
 • Total 28.08 sq mi (72.74 km2)
 • Land 27.18 sq mi (70.40 km2)
 • Water 0.90 sq mi (2.34 km2)
Elevation 128 ft (39 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 34,721
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 38,200
 • Density 1,405.39/sq mi (542.63/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33563-33567
Area code(s) 813
FIPS code 12-57550[3]
GNIS feature ID 0289021[4]
Website www.plantcitygov.com

Plant City is an incorporated city in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States, approximately midway between Brandon and Lakeland along Interstate 4. The population was 34,721 at the 2010 census.[5]

Many people believe it was named for the flora (especially vegetables and fruits, as well as tropical houseplants) grown at plant nurseries in its tropical Gulf Coast climate. However, it was actually named after prominent railroad developer Henry B. Plant[6] (see Plant System).

Plant City is known as the winter strawberry capital of the world[7] and hosts the annual Florida Strawberry Festival in the late winter (usually in February or early March), which is attended by people from all over the United States as well as many people from around the world. Wish Farms, the largest strawberry producer in Florida, has a large presence in Plant City.[8]

History[edit]

Plant City's original name was Ichepuckesassa (also known as Idasukshed) after the Indian village that once occupied the territory.[6] Its name caused so much confusion that the city was renamed "Cork", after the postmaster's Irish hometown. It was finally given the name "Plant City" in commemoration of Henry B. Plant and his railroad, which significantly boosted the commerce in this primarily agricultural community by incorporating it with the South Florida Railroad.

Plant City was the spring training home of baseball's Cincinnati Reds, who played exhibition games at Plant City Stadium from 1988 to 1997.

Geography[edit]

Plant City is located in northeastern Hillsborough County at 28°1′N 82°8′W / 28.017°N 82.133°W / 28.017; -82.133 (28.0142, -82.1289).[9] Interstate 4 runs through the northern part of the city, with access from Exits 19 through 25. I-4 leads east 12 miles (19 km) to Lakeland and west 23 miles (37 km) to Tampa. U.S. Route 92 is the main highway through the center of Plant City, running generally parallel to I-4. Florida State Road 39 crosses US 92 in the center of Plant City and leads north 15 miles (24 km) to Zephyrhills and south 6 miles (10 km) to Hopewell.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Plant City has a total area of 28.1 square miles (72.8 km2), of which 27.2 square miles (70.4 km2) are land and 0.93 square miles (2.4 km2), or 3.31%, are water.[5]

The city and its surrounding area are in the Southern Flatwoods ecological community as defined by the US Department of Agriculture.[10] The region as a whole is noted for its sandy, infertile, and poorly drained soils. In and around Plant City, however, high organic matter content and scattered phosphate nodules make many of the soils more fertile than typical for the flatwoods.[11]

Climate[edit]

Plant City, as does most of Florida, has a humid subtropical climate with humid and hot summers and warm, drier winters. Since the coolest month mean temperature is 61 °F, it narrowly misses the definition of a true tropical climate.

Climate data for Plant City, Florida
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 88
(31)
91
(33)
94
(34)
99
(37)
101
(38)
102
(39)
102
(39)
99
(37)
98
(37)
95
(35)
92
(33)
89
(32)
102
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 72
(22)
74
(23)
78
(26)
83
(28)
88
(31)
90
(32)
91
(33)
90
(32)
89
(32)
85
(29)
79
(26)
74
(23)
83
(28)
Average low °F (°C) 50
(10)
51
(11)
55
(13)
59
(15)
65
(18)
71
(22)
72
(22)
73
(23)
71
(22)
65
(18)
58
(14)
52
(11)
62
(17)
Record low °F (°C) 17
(−8)
22
(−6)
24
(−4)
32
(0)
43
(6)
49
(9)
59
(15)
61
(16)
52
(11)
38
(3)
21
(−6)
18
(−8)
17
(−8)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.73
(69.3)
3.05
(77.5)
3.39
(86.1)
2.20
(55.9)
3.58
(90.9)
7.35
(186.7)
7.51
(190.8)
7.71
(195.8)
6.62
(168.1)
2.36
(59.9)
2.12
(53.8)
2.55
(64.8)
51.17
(1,299.7)
Source: [12]

Education[edit]

The Hillsborough County School District operates all public schools in Plant City.

Public schools[edit]

  • Simmons Career Center (6-12)
  • Durant High School (9-12)
  • Plant City High School (9-12)
  • Strawberry Crest High School - Dover, FL (9-12)
  • Simmons Exceptional Center (K-12)
  • Teen Parent East Program (K-12)
  • Tomlin Middle School (6-8)
  • Turkey Creek Middle School (6-8)
  • Marshall Middle School (6-8)
  • Plant City Adult Learning Lab (GED Prep)
  • Walden Lake Elementary (K-5)
  • Burney Elementary School (preK-5)
  • Stonewall Jackson Elementary (K-5)
  • Cork Elementary School (K-5)
  • Woodrow Wilson Elementary (K-5)

Private schools[edit]

  • Evangelical Presbyterian Church Learning Center (PK)
  • First Presbyterian Learning Center II (PK-K)
  • St. Clement Early Education Center (PK)

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890349
1900720106.3%
19102,481244.6%
19203,72950.3%
19306,80082.4%
19407,49110.2%
19509,23023.2%
196015,71170.2%
197015,451−1.7%
198017,06410.4%
199022,75433.3%
200029,91531.5%
201034,72116.1%
Est. 201638,200[2]10.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
Location of Plant City in Hillsborough County, Florida

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 29,915 people, 10,849 households, and 7,843 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,321.9 people per square mile (510.4/km²). There were 11,797 housing units at an average density of 521.3 per square mile (201.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.67% White, 17.42% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 16.16% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 9.10% from other races, and two or more races were 1.77% of the population.

There were 10,849 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,584, and the median income for a family was $43,328. Males had a median income of $33,417 versus $23,585 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,815. About 11.3% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

Aviation[edit]

Plant City Airport is a public-use airport located 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of the central business district.

Railroad[edit]

Plant City Union Depot served both the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Seaboard Air Line Railroad even after the merger into the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad until passenger service ceased operations in 1971. The east-west ACL tracks cross the north-south Seaboard tracks at a 90 degree angle at the southeast corner of the station. The station has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975. Amtrak's Silver Star still uses the line west-to-eastbound ACL tracks, although it does not stop there. Closest stations are Tampa or Lakeland. Recently, a train-viewing complex was built at the southwest corner of the diamond.

Major highways[edit]

Law enforcement[edit]

Plant City Police patch

The Plant City Police Department (PCPD) is the law enforcement agency for the city of Plant City. The annual budget for the police department for 2017-2018 was $10,413,994.[14]

Parks, culture, recreation and attractions[edit]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

There are several locations in Plant City which have been included in the National Register of Historic Places. They are:

Attractions[edit]

Parks[edit]

Alafia River State Park is located nearby.

Mural ban[edit]

On October 12, 2009, the Plant City Commissioners voted 4-1 to essentially ban all new murals[15] in the Historic District of Plant City. Current murals being painted are not affected by this ban, but no new murals can be painted unless the owner of the building can prove there was an already existing mural on the wall before 1994. The ban was set in motion by a complaint that a recent mural by Blake Emory- a rendition of Norman Rockwell's "April Fools" - contained a sex organ in the painting. Even though the creators of the mural insisted it was not intentional, and immediately altered the section of the mural, City Commissioners hastily cast the vote adding that they may revisit this ban in the future. City Commissioner Bill Dodson was the only vote against the ban saying he was looking for a more thought out and complete ordinance over an immediate and outright ban.

Notable people[edit]

Clay Roberts, professional soccer player and coach[16]

The columnist John Keasler, who wrote 7,000 columns over 30 years for The Miami News, hailed from Plant City.

Country singer Pam Tillis was born in Plant City.

Sister cities[edit]

Plant City has formalized sister city agreements with the following city:[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Plant City city, Florida". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Plant Cit official website
  7. ^ Florida Strawberry Growers Association
  8. ^ "FFVA - Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association | Member Profile - Wishnatzki Farms". Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  11. ^ http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/WebSoilSurvey.aspx
  12. ^ "Average Weather for Plant City, FL - Temperature and Precipitation". Weatherbase. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ https://www.plantcitygov.com/622/Budget sum of budgets starting on page 95
  15. ^ "Armrest was mistaken for sex organ in mural, artist says" Archived 2012-07-16 at Archive.is. "TBO.com", 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2009-10-21
  16. ^ "KiXX Sign Defenders Josh Rife and Clay Roberts". Archived from the original on 23 December 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  17. ^ Tampa Sister Cities from City of Tampa website Archived 2007-10-18 at the Wayback Machine.

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