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Citrus county was created in 1887 and was formerly part of Hernando County. It was named for the county's citrus agriculture.  It is centrally located in Florida’s Nature Coast, 70 miles north of Tampa / St. Petersburg and 60 miles northwest of Orlando.

Dotted with green forest and watered by seven spring-driven rivers, Citrus county is known for its unspoiled natural surroundings, aquatic recreation, and huge availability of year-round outdoor activities.   It is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on the west and the waterways and thick forest of the Withlacoochee region to the east.  The Withlacoochee River flows for 45 miles along the northern and eastern borders.

The total area (land and water) covered by Citrus county is approximately 773 square miles.  The county is divided into 15 zip codes and includes 15 cities … Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Inverness, Inverness Highlands North, Inverness Highlands South, Lecanto, Pine Ridge and Sugarmill Woods.

Of the 67 counties in Florida, Citrus county is the 33rd largest in population – half of Florida’s counties are larger in population and half are smaller in population.  According to the latest census information:

  • Citrus county’s total population is approximately 142,000.
  • There are approximately 78,000 housing units in Citrus county.
  • There is an average of 1.8 people per house.