St. Leo, Florida

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St. Leo
Eastbound SR 52 in St. Leo
Eastbound SR 52 in St. Leo
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°20′17″N 82°15′12″W / 28.33806°N 82.25333°W / 28.33806; -82.25333Coordinates: 28°20′17″N 82°15′12″W / 28.33806°N 82.25333°W / 28.33806; -82.25333
Country United States
State Florida
County Pasco
 • Type Town Commission
 • Mayor Richard Christmas
 • Total 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 • Land 1.6 sq mi (4.2 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 187 ft (57 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,340
 • Density 837.5/sq mi (319.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 12-62775[1]
GNIS feature ID 0290265[2]

St. Leo is a town in Pasco County, Florida, United States. It is a suburb included in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,340 at the 2010 census. It is best known as the home of Saint Leo University, Holy Name Monastery and Saint Leo Abbey. Richard Christmas currently serves as the commission-elected mayor of the town.[3]


Saint Leo Abbey

In 1889 the Benedictines established the monastery of St. Leo and St. Leo College on Judge Edmund F. Dunne's former homestead and farm land east of San Antonio, Florida on the shores of Lake Jovita, later incorporating the area as part of a new town called St. Leo.[4]

Dunne was a legal counsel involved in the Disston Land Purchase of 1881, and as his commission, received 100,000 choice acres (400 km2) of land out of the 4,000,000 acre (16,000 km²) purchase. The following year on February 15, while surveying the Disston Purchase with his cousin, Captain Hugh Dunne,[5] Dunne selected the area around Lake Jovita as his commission and began settling it. He first established Catholic colony of San Antonio in 1882, and later added the surrounding villages of Saint Joseph, Saint Thomas, Villa Maria, Carmel and San Felipe. Only the rural community of Saint Joseph survives today. The area of what is now the Town of St. Leo, although originally platted as another village by Dunne, did not receive its name until after the arrival of the Benedictine monks.[6] The present name is derived from Pope Leo IX.[7]


St. Leo is located at 28°20′17″N 82°15′12″W / 28.33806°N 82.25333°W / 28.33806; -82.25333 (28.337929, -82.253265).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (13.90%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 158
1940 211 33.5%
1950 261 23.7%
1960 278 6.5%
1970 1,145 311.9%
1980 917 −19.9%
1990 1,009 10.0%
2000 595 −41.0%
2010 1,340 125.2%
Est. 2014 1,506 [9] 12.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 595 people, 41 households, and 30 families residing in the town. The population density was 369.8 people per square mile (142.7/km²). There were 44 housing units at an average density of 27.3 per square mile (10.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 85.38% White, 8.57% African American, 1.85% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 3.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.91% of the population.

There were 41 households out of which 43.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town the population was spread out with 5.5% under the age of 18, 77.0% from 18 to 24, 6.4% from 25 to 44, 6.2% from 45 to 64, and 4.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 20 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,917, and the median income for a family was $39,583. Males had a median income of $35,000 versus $7,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $8,384. About 11.4% of families and 19.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.8% of those under age 18 and 26.3% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ A short history of San Antonio
  5. ^ Horgan, James J. (1990). Pioneer College: The Centennial History of Saint Leo College, Saint Leo Abbey, and Holy Name Priory. Saint Leo, FL. Saint Leo College Press. ISBN 978-0-945759-01-0
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  7. ^ Blackstone, Lillian (Mar 23, 1952). "Into center of state". St. Petersburg Times. p. 19. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.