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County Information
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
As of 2000, the population was 118,085. The U.S. Census Bureau 2008 estimate for the county was 141,416. Its county seat is Inverness, Florida. More than 90% of the population of Citrus County lives outside the two incorporated towns of Inverness and Crystal River.

The Homosassa Springs Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Citrus County.

Cities in Citrus County include Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge and Sugarmill woods.

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  County Demographics  
 
 
     
 
 
  As of the census of 2000, there were 118,085 people, 52,634 households, and 36,317 families residing in the county. There were 62,204 housing units at an average density of 106/mi. The racial makeup of the county was 95.05% White, 2.36% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. 2.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 52,634 households out of which 19.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.60.

In the county the population was spread out with 17.20% under the age of 18, 4.60% from 18 to 24, 19.10% from 25 to 44, 26.90% from 45 to 64, and 32.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,001, and the median income for a family was $36,711. Males had a median income of $28,091 versus $21,408 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,585. 11.70% of the population and 8.50% of families were below the poverty line. 18.10% of those under the age of 18 and 7.00% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
  County History  
 
 
     
 
 
  Citrus County was first occupied about 10,000 years ago and settled about 2,500 years ago by mound-building Native Americans that built the complex that now forms the Crystal River Archeological Site. The site was occupied for about 2,000 years. Why the complex was abandoned is currently unknown.

Citrus County was created in 1887. The Citrus County area was formerly part of a Hernando County. It was named for the county's citrus trees. Citrus production declined dramatically after the "Big Freeze" of 1894-1895. Today, citrus is grown on one large grove, Bellamy Grove. Additionally, some people do have trees on their personal property.

The original county seat was Mansfield, or Mannsfeld. The county seat was moved to Inverness. Currently, only a street and a pond remain of the original town.

Phosphate mining also played a major part in the history of the County until the end of WWII in which phosphate mining was largely moved overseas.[citation needed] The first newspaper of Citrus County was called the Phosphate Times.[citation needed] Pineola, Florida was the site of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad's "Great Train Wreck of 1956."

In the 1960s Citrus County began to develop and housing developments such as Beverly Hills started to dominate the county.

Citrus County is known as “The Little Giant” and this is inscribed on the official county seal. Citrus County is in the geographic center of Florida.

Citrus County has one local television station that broadcasts County Commission meetings live on the first and third Tuesday of each month. In addition, Citrus County is serviced by Bay News 9, a news outlet provided by Bright House Networks.

There are two local newspapers, the Citrus County Chronicle and the Homosassa Beacon.

 

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
     
     
 
 
 

 

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