Spring Hill, Florida

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Spring Hill
Census-designated place (CDP)
The gateway to Spring Hill on US 19 and Spring Hill Drive
The gateway to Spring Hill on US 19 and Spring Hill Drive
Location in Hernando County and the state of Florida
Location in Hernando County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°28′44″N 82°32′52″W / 28.47889°N 82.54778°W / 28.47889; -82.54778Coordinates: 28°28′44″N 82°32′52″W / 28.47889°N 82.54778°W / 28.47889; -82.54778
Country United States
State Florida
County Hernando
 • Total 54.8 sq mi (142 km2)
 • Land 53.1 sq mi (137.6 km2)
 • Water 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)
Elevation Max 250 Min 42 ft (31m 3.35 m)
 • Total 140,000
 • Density 1,260.5/sq mi (486.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-68350[1]
GNIS feature ID 0294933[2]

Spring Hill is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hernando County, Florida, United States. The estimated population was 140,000 in 2016 by the United States Census. Spring Hill belongs to Florida's Nature Coast and is in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area.[3] Spring Hill is a working class area located north of Tampa.

History and overview[edit]

Spring Hill first appeared on Hernando County maps in the mid-1800s along what is today Fort Dade Avenue just north of the community of Wiscon. The modern Spring Hill was founded in 1967 as a planned community, which was developed by the Deltona Corporation and the Mackle Brothers who built the community. The plans for the community are actually identical to the community of Deltona, Florida. The Mackle Brothers sold many of the properties and land in the area through intense advertising.[4] It appeared on maps of Florida as early as 1856.[5] It has since become a sprawling semi-city in its own right, though it is an unincorporated area. The main entrance to the original development is marked by the Spring Hill waterfall on Spring Hill Drive and U.S. Route 19 (Commercial Way). Its location has Hernando Beach to the west, Brooksville, Florida to the east, and Tampa to the south via the Suncoast Parkway, US 41, and I-75.

Spring Hill's proximity to Tampa, approximately 35 miles (56 km) south, and the completion of the Suncoast Parkway in 2001 have made it easily accessible to the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.


Spring Hill has several schools, both public and private, which provide primary and secondary education to local children. There are also several options for higher education that are easily accessible from the Spring Hill area.

Primary and secondary education[edit]

Public schools in Spring Hill are part of the Hernando County School Board school system, which oversees all public schools in Hernando County. The main public schools that serve the Spring Hill area are:

High Schools

Middle Schools

  • Fox Chapel Middle School
  • Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology, a charter school
  • Gulf Coast Middle School, a charter school
  • Powell Middle School
  • West Hernando Middle School

K-8 Schools

  • Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics
  • Explorer K-8
  • John D. Floyd K-8 School of Environmental Science
  • Winding Waters K-8

Elementary Schools

  • Chocachatti Elementary School
  • Deltona Elementary School
  • Pine Grove Elementary School
  • Spring Hill Elementary school
  • Suncoast Elementary School
  • Westside Elementary School

In addition to the public schools in Spring Hill, there are also several private schools:

  • Notre Dame Catholic School (Pre-K to grade 8)
  • Spring Hill Christian Academy (Pre-K to grade 12)
  • Wider Horizons School, a Montessori school (Pre-K to grade 6) and College Preparatory school (junior and senior high school)
  • West Hernando Christian School

Higher learning[edit]

Spring Hill is also home to the new 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) campus of Pasco–Hernando State College called Spring Hill Campus. This was the fourth campus built out of the five now in existence.[7]


The Hernando County Public Library system operates several libraries in and around the Spring Hill area, such as the West Hernando Branch Library and the Spring Hill Branch Library, which serves as a replacement of the Little Red Schoolhouse Branch Library. The historic Little Red Schoolhouse Branch Library has since been converted into a bookstore whose proceeds benefit the library system.[8]


Healthcare in Spring Hill is quite abundant and continues to grow. There are three accredited hospitals in the area, Bayfront Health Spring Hill Hospital, Oak Hill Hospital and the newest, Bayfront Health Brooksville Hospital. With a large senior citizen population, Spring Hill contains many nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities including Spring Hill Health and Rehab, Evergreen Woods Assisted Living Facility and Health South Rehab (an affiliate of Oak Hill Hospital). Bayfront Health Spring Hill is the only facility in the Hernando County with obstetrical services.

Recent developments[edit]

JCPenney[9] opened a store on U.S. Route 19 (Commercial Way), just south of Spring Hill Drive in Spring 2008, adjacent to the store is a 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) shopping center that include many stores and restaurants, including: Best Buy,[10] Cracker Barrel,[11] Office Depot, Ross & Sports Authority.[12] A Kohl's[13] on Spring Hill Drive, just east of the Suncoast Parkway opened in Fall 2008; a Target[14] was constructed at the same location and opened in July 2009. Just a few miles south of Kohl's and Target off of the Suncoast Parkway at County Line Road and Anderson Snow Road is a new plaza called The Shoppes of Avalon. Their anchor store is Publix which opened fall of 2009. There is also a Nail Star, China Star & Leo Liquors. The newest businesses that have opened on SR 50 are Five Guys, Texas Roadhouse, Panera Bread, HHGregg, Marina and a Burger King.


Nearby Weeki Wachee Springs is home to the famous live mermaid show and Florida's only spring-fed water park, Buccaneer Bay.[15]


There are two print newspapers that serve the area: the Hernando Times (a publication of Tampa Bay Times), and the Hernando Sun.

Spring Hill belongs in the Tampa Bay Area media market, the 13th largest designated market area in the United States.

Notable people[edit]


Spring Hill is located at 28°28′44″N 82°32′52″W / 28.47889°N 82.54778°W / 28.47889; -82.54778 (28.478929, & 82.547732).[19] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 54.8 square miles (142 km2), of which 53.1 square miles (138 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (3.12%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 6,468
1990 31,117 381.1%
2000 69,078 122.0%
2010 98,621 42.8%

As of 2010, there were 44,435 households, with 32.1% being vacant. In 2000, there were 28,274 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.74.

Spring Hill Demographics
2010 Census Spring Hill Hernando
Total population 98,621 172,778 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +42.8% +32.1% +17.6%
Population density 1,649.0/sq mi 365.6/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 88.1% 89.5% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 78.5% 82.1% 57.9%
Black or African-American 5.1% 5.1% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 13.6% 10.3% 22.5%
Asian 1.4% 1.1% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 2.5% 2.0% 2.5%
Some Other Race 2.5% 1.9% 3.6%

In 2010, the CDP the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 29.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $32,861, and the median income for a family was $37,608. Males had a median income of $30,076 versus $21,364 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,184. About 15.5% of the population was below the poverty line. 30.2% of all households had an income of less than $25,000 and 60.3% of all households had and income of less than $50,000.


As of 2000, English spoken as a first language accounted for 88.64% of all residents, while 11.35% spoke other languages as their mother tongue. The most significant were Spanish speakers who made up 5.96% of the population, while Italian came up as the third most spoken language, which made up 1.51%, and German was at fourth, with 1.13% of the population.[21]


Spring Hill's location in Florida (red dot)

Mass transit[edit]

Bus service in Spring Hill is provided by THE Bus (The Hernando Express), which serves as Hernando County's main bus system, servicing both Spring Hill and Brooksville. Started in 2002, THE Bus has three main routes, two of which serve the main thoroughfares of Spring Hill, such as Spring Hill Drive and Mariner Boulevard.[22]


Tourism sign on US 19 just north of CR 578 (County Line Road)

There are several county roads in Spring Hill that serve as major thoroughfares for traffic traveling around and passing through Spring Hill. Below is a list of the county roads that pertain to Spring Hill:

CR # Name Direction
Hernando County 572.svg CR 572 Elgin Boulevard/Powell Road East/West
Hernando County 574.svg CR 574 Spring Hill Drive East/West
Hernando County 578.svg CR 578 County Line Road East/West
Hernando County 585.svg CR 585 Barclay Avenue/Anderson Snow Road North/South
Hernando County 587.svg CR 587 Mariner Boulevard North/South
Hernando County 589.svg CR 589 Deltona Boulevard North/South


Spring Hill is bordered to the west by US 19 (named Commercial Way), and to the north by SR 50 (named Cortez Boulevard). The Suncoast Parkway (SR 589) is a toll road that passes through Spring Hill and serves as a connection to Pasco and Hillsborough counties (and, by extension, Tampa) to the south.



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