Port Richey, Florida

Coordinates: 28°16′29″N 82°43′23″W / 28.27472°N 82.72306°W / 28.27472; -82.72306
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Port Richey, Florida
City of Port Richey
Port Richey Fire Department
Port Richey Fire Department
"Our Gateway to the Gulf"
"On the Beautiful Pithlachascotee River"
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°16′29″N 82°43′23″W / 28.27472°N 82.72306°W / 28.27472; -82.72306
CountryUnited States of America
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorJohn Eric Hoover[1]
 • Vice MayorTodd Maklary
 • Council MembersTom Kinsella,
Bill Colombo, and
Linda Rodriguez
 • City ManagerMatthew W. Coppler
 • City ClerkAshlee McDonough
 • Total2.28 sq mi (5.90 km2)
 • Land2.22 sq mi (5.75 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total3,052
 • Density1,374.16/sq mi (530.52/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code727
FIPS code12-58600[4]
GNIS feature ID0289237[5]

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. As of 2020, the city had a population of 3,052.


In 1883, Aaron M. Richey arrived from St. Joseph, Missouri, and settled near the mouth of the Pithlachascotee River. He established a post office in his home on July 9, 1884.

Port Richey was incorporated as a municipality in 1925, in response to the incorporation of New Port Richey the previous year. The name Port Richey is older than the name New Port Richey, as the post offices were established in 1884 and 1915, respectively.

Singer Johnny Cash owned a home along the Pithlachascotee River from 1979 until 2002.[6] Cash and his wife June Carter Cash inherited the house from Maybelle Carter after her death, and they sold it in 2002 shortly before their deaths in 2003.

The population of Port Richey has remained small, and proposals to abolish the city have gone before the voters several times.

On February 21, 2019, Mayor Dale Massad was taken into custody by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with assistance from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the local SWAT team on charges of practicing medicine without a license.[7] He also later was charged with two counts of attempted homicide for opening fire on officers as they attempted to serve the warrant.[8] The next day, Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order to remove Massad from office.[9] Three weeks later, Acting Mayor Terrence Rowe was arrested for several charges, including obstruction of justice and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate the commission of a crime. The charges were described as an "offshoot" of the charges against Massad.[10] DeSantis removed Rowe from office on March 20,[11] which left the city with no one to serve as mayor. The three remaining members of city council were unable to agree on a replacement.[12] State Senator Ed Hooper and Representative Amber Mariano sought to dissolve the city in response.[13] This effort was later dropped.


Port Richey is located at 28°16′29″N 82°43′23″W / 28.27472°N 82.72306°W / 28.27472; -82.72306 (28.274651, –82.723009).[14]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), of which 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (22.99%) is water.


The City of Port Richey is part of the humid subtropical climate zone with a Köppen Climate Classification of "Cfa" (C = mild temperate, f = fully humid, and a = hot summer).


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

2010 and 2020 census[edit]

Port Richey racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Pop 2010[16] Pop 2020[17] % 2010 % 2020
White (NH) 2,371 2,416 88.77% 79.16%
Black or African American (NH) 37 105 1.39% 3.44%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 14 5 0.52% 0.16%
Asian (NH) 45 36 1.68% 1.18%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian (NH) 1 0 0.04% 0.00%
Some other race (NH) 2 8 0.07% 0.26%
Two or more races/Multiracial (NH) 42 118 1.57% 3.87%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 159 364 5.95% 11.93%
Total 2,671 3,052

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,052 people, 1,429 households, and 754 families residing in the city.[18]

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 2,671 people, 1,454 households, and 709 families residing in the city.[19]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,021 people, 1,424 households, and 770 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,433.9 inhabitants per square mile (553.6/km2). There were 1,746 housing units at an average density of 828.7 per square mile (320.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.13% White, 0.63% African American, 0.60% Native American, 1.09% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.88% of the population.

In 2000, there were 1,424 households, out of which 15.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.9% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.61.

In 2000, in the city, the population was spread out, with 14.8% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 27.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.1 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $27,404, and the median income for a family was $40,050. Males had a median income of $30,473 versus $22,139 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,711. About 9.1% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.6% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Port Richey is served by the Port Richey Police Dept. and The Port Richey Fire Dept. Ambulance Service is provided by Pasco County Fire-Rescue. There is a hospital within walking distance of the fire department.

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  1. ^ "City Council — City of Port Richey". cityofportrichey.com. May 4, 2023. Retrieved May 4, 2023.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  3. ^ "Port Richey FL ZIP Code". zipdatamaps.com. 2023. Retrieved February 17, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "Johnny Cash in Port Richey, Florida". www.fivay.org.
  7. ^ "Shots fired, no one hurt, as FDLE arrests Port Richey mayor at his home". Tampa Bay Times. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Fieldstadt, Elisha (February 21, 2019). "Florida mayor arrested after deputies shot at during raid on his home". NBC News. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "Florida mayor charged with shooting at deputies suspended". Associated Press. February 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Oxenden, McKenna (March 13, 2019). "Not a rerun: A second Port Richey mayor is under arrest". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "Port Richey acting mayor Terrence Rowe suspended by Gov. DeSantis following arrest". March 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "To quorum or not to quorum? In Port Richey, it doesn't matter". Tampa Bay Times.
  13. ^ Bakst, Adam (October 2, 2019). "Lawmakers Request Dissolution Of City Of Port Richey". WGCU Public Media: PBS and NPR for Southwest Florida. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
  14. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Port Richey city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  17. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Port Richey city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  18. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2020: Port Richey city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  19. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2010: Port Richey city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.

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