Zephyrhills, Florida

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The City of Zephyrhills
5th Avenue in the Zephyrhills Downtown Historic District
5th Avenue in the Zephyrhills Downtown Historic District
Nickname: 
Z-hills
Motto: 
"City of pure water"
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°14′14″N 82°10′46″W / 28.23722°N 82.17944°W / 28.23722; -82.17944Coordinates: 28°14′14″N 82°10′46″W / 28.23722°N 82.17944°W / 28.23722; -82.17944
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
CountyPasco
SettledApril 18, 1888
Incorporated (town)1910
Incorporated (city)1914
Government
 • MayorGene Whitfield
 • City ManagerBilly Poe
 • City ClerkLori Hillman
Area
 • Total9.61 sq mi (24.88 km2)
 • Land9.55 sq mi (24.74 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
Elevation
95 ft (29 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total17,194
 • Density1,799.85/sq mi (694.91/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33539–33544
33599 (original code)
Area code813
FIPS code12-79225[2]
GNIS feature ID0293620[3]
Websitewww.ci.zephyrhills.fl.us

Zephyrhills is a city in Pasco County, Florida, United States. The population was counted at 17,194 in the 2020 census. It is a suburb of the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area. Zephyrhills is also known as the headquarters of the Zephyrhills bottled water company and is a member of Tree City USA.

History[edit]

Zephyrhills began as the town of Abbott on April 18, 1888, and consisted of 280.74 acres. A voting district was established in 1893 followed by a post office in 1896. In 1909, Captain Howard B. Jeffries, a Civil War Union veteran from Pennsylvania, purchased 35,000 acres and created the Zephyrhills Colony Company with a plan to create a community for Civil War veterans.[4] In 1910 the town voted to change its name to Zephyrhills; it was incorporated in 1914.[5]

In 1941, one resident reported that Zephyrhills had a sundown town policy forbidding African Americans from living within the city limits.[6]

The city created a historic district in 1999; in 2001 the Zephyrhills Historic District was nominated for and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5] A Founders Day celebration is held annually in March.[7]

Geography[edit]

Zephyrhills is known for its rolling topography, hence the name.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and warm, generally dry winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Zephyrhills has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[8]

Climate data for Zephyrhills, Florida
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 87
(31)
90
(32)
94
(34)
98
(37)
102
(39)
103
(39)
101
(38)
99
(37)
98
(37)
96
(36)
92
(33)
88
(31)
103
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 72.1
(22.3)
74.7
(23.7)
78.4
(25.8)
83.0
(28.3)
88.6
(31.4)
90.8
(32.7)
91.3
(32.9)
91.4
(33.0)
89.5
(31.9)
84.9
(29.4)
78.9
(26.1)
73.6
(23.1)
83.1
(28.4)
Average low °F (°C) 49.3
(9.6)
52.0
(11.1)
55.6
(13.1)
59.6
(15.3)
65.9
(18.8)
71.4
(21.9)
72.9
(22.7)
73.1
(22.8)
71.6
(22.0)
65.2
(18.4)
57.8
(14.3)
51.9
(11.1)
62.2
(16.8)
Record low °F (°C) 18
(−8)
16
(−9)
24
(−4)
38
(3)
46
(8)
54
(12)
64
(18)
62
(17)
53
(12)
39
(4)
27
(−3)
18
(−8)
16
(−9)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.20
(81)
3.12
(79)
3.69
(94)
2.22
(56)
3.60
(91)
7.39
(188)
7.43
(189)
7.79
(198)
6.65
(169)
2.66
(68)
2.50
(64)
2.78
(71)
53.03
(1,347)
Source 1: [9]
Source 2: [10]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920577
193074829.6%
19401,25267.4%
19501,82645.8%
19602,88758.1%
19703,36916.7%
19805,74270.4%
19908,22043.2%
200010,83331.8%
201013,28822.7%
202017,19429.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
Zephyrhills racial composition as of 2020[12]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 11,655 67.79%
Black or African American (NH) 1,326 7.71%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 41 0.24%
Asian (NH) 300 1.74%
Pacific Islander (NH) 13 0.08%
Some Other Race (NH) 73 0.42%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 735 4.27%
Hispanic or Latino 3,051 17.74%
Total 17,194

As of the 2020 United States census,[15] there were 17,194 people, 7,178 households, and 4,174 families residing in the city.

Of the total population, 4.4% were under 5 years old, 18.1% were under 18 years old, and 35.7% were 65 years and over. 54.9% of the population were female. There were 1,548 veterans living in the city and 8.0% were foreign born persons.

89.8% of households had a computer and 81.6% of households had a broadband internet subscription.

18.1% of the population under the age of 65 lived with a disability and 20.1% of that same population did not have health insurance.

The median household income was $36,799 and the per capita income was $21,848. 17.8% of the population lived below the poverty threshold.

Arts and culture[edit]

Capt. Howard B. Jeffries House
First United Methodist Church in the downtown historic district

The Zephyrhills Public Library was founded in 1912. According to the city's website, "The Library provides open and equal access to the resources and services of the library. The Library seeks to encourage reading and the use of technology for life-long learning and the enhancement of the community's quality of life."[16] Library personnel also staff the city's Depot Museum. The library is managed by a Library Advisory Board and is a member of the Pasco County Library Cooperative. A new library was built in 2014 just north of the old library.

The Zephyrhills Depot Museum originated with the 1989 purchase of the 1927 Atlantic Coast Line Depot from CSX Railroad by the City of Zephyrhills. The original depot was relocated 200 feet (61 m) west of its original location. Restoration of the 2,700 square feet (250 m2) building began in 1997 with a Grant from the State Department of Transportation. The Historical Preservation Committee and the Zephyrhills Historical Association worked together to complete the restoration. The Zephyrhills Depot Museum opened on October 20, 1998.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transport[edit]

Major roads[edit]

  • US 301.svg U.S. Route 301 (Fort King Highway/Gall Boulevard) is the main road through Zephyrhills running north and south through the city.
  • Florida 39.svg State Road 39 (Paul S. Buchman Highway/Gall Boulevard) runs northwest and southeast from Plant City into US 301 in Zephyrhills, and joins US 301 as a "hidden state road".
  • Pasco County 41.svg County Road 41 (Fort King Highway/Fort King Road) is an extension of SR 41, which is a hidden state road along US 301 from the Hillsborough County Line.
  • Florida 54.svg State Road 54 (Fifth Avenue) is the main east–west road that runs through southern Pasco County, from US 19 near Holiday to US 301 in Zephyrhills. A County extension (CR 54/Eiland Boulevard) from the intersection of SR 54 and CR 579 to U.S. Route 98 in Branchborough also exists, and a western extension to CR 577 in Wesley Chapel is planned for construction.
  • Florida 56.svg State Road 56 is a 2002-built road between SR 54 and runs to US 301 south of Zephyrhills.
  • Pasco County 579.svg County Road 579 (Morris Bridge Road/Eiland Boulevard/Handcart Road) is a bi-county extension of State Road 579 that runs from northern Tampa, through the western edge of the city, to west of Dade City. County Road 54 overlaps CR 579 north of SR 54 until it branches off to the east.
  • Pasco County 535.svg County Road 535 (Chancey Road/Old Lakeland Highway) runs along the southern and eastern edge of the city and north into County Road 35 Alternate in Vitis

Public transportation[edit]

Zephyrhills is served by Pasco County Public Transportation on routes #30, #33, and #54.[17]

Airport[edit]

The city is served by Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. It was also once served by the 1927-built Zephyrhills Depot on the Atlantic Coast Line, which is now the Zephyrhills Depot Museum at a city park near the airport. More than 70,000 skydives are performed annually on the airport at Skydive City, Inc., the largest woman-owned drop zone in the world, founded in 1990 by Joannie Murphy and Susan Perkins Stark.

Railroads[edit]

CSX Transportation's Wildwood Subdivision goes through the eastern parts of Zephyrhills.[18]

Public safety[edit]

The Zephyrhills Police Department consists of about 35 officers.[19][20][21] The Zephyrhills Fire Department consists of career and volunteer firefighters.[22][23]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ Blackstone, Lillian (23 March 1952). "Into center of state". St. Petersburg Times. p. 19. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Historic Tour | Zephyrhills, FL". www.ci.zephyrhills.fl.us.
  6. ^ "Down in Florida". Marengo Republican-News. Marengo, Illinois. 23 January 1941. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com. 'Believe it or not, we have 'black-outs' here. Negroes are not allowed to live in the city. They must live either in the country or on the R.-R. right-of-way.'
  7. ^ Founders Day Library of Congress
  8. ^ "Zephyrhills, Florida Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase.
  9. ^ "Zipcode 33542". www.plantmaps.com. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  10. ^ "Zephyrhills, Florida Climate". www.bestplaces.net. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-25.
  13. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  14. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  15. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Zephyrhills city, Florida; United States". www.census.gov. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  16. ^ ""Library"".
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 July 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ JACKSONVILLE DIVISION TIMETABLE NO. 4. CSX Transportation. 2005. pp. 179–183.
  19. ^ "Chief of Police | Zephyrhills, FL". ci.zephyrhills.fl.us. City of Zephyrhills. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  20. ^ "Police Department | Zephyrhills, FL". City of Zephyrhills. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Zephyrhills Police Department". City of Zephyrhills. Archived from the original on 10 August 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  22. ^ "Fire Department | Zephyrhills, FL". ci.zephyrhills.fl.us. City of Zephyrhills. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  23. ^ "Fire Chief's Office". City of Zephyrhills. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[13][14]

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