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In 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today.In 1968, the electors of Florida granted local voters the power to adopt charters to govern their counties. Charters are formal written documents that confer powers, duties, or privileges on the county. To date, there are 19 charter Counties in Florida. Collectively these Counties are home to more than 75 percent of Florida's residents.

Hillsborough County, Florida

Hillsborough County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Tampa
Year Organized: 1834
Square Miles: 1,051
Court House:

P.O. Box 1110
Tampa, FL 33601-1110

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Wills Hill, Viscount Hillsborough of England.


County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Hillsborough County was created on January 25, 1834 from Alachua and Monroe counties. It was named for Wills Hill, Viscount Hillsborough of England. The county's boundaries of 1834 included the present-day counties of Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,266 square miles (3,279 kmē), of which, 1,051 square miles (2,722 kmē) of it is land and 215 square miles (558 kmē) of it (17.00%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Pasco County
  • East: Polk County
  • Southeast: Hardee County
  • South: Manatee County
  • West: Tampa Bay; Pinellas County

Cities and Towns:

- Plant City city Incorporated Area
- Tampa (County Seat) city Incorporated Area
- Temple Terrace city Incorporated Area

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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"