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Hillsborough County is a county located in the State of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,229,226, making it the fourth-most populous county in Florida. Its county seat and largest city is Tampa.

Hillsborough County is included in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Hillsborough County Name

Wills Hill, Viscount Hillsborough of England.


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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 US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,266 square miles (3,279 km2), of which, 1,051 square miles (2,722 km2) of it is land and 215 square miles (558 km2) 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


Hillsborough County Public Schools operates public schools in the county. Hillsborough County has the eighth largest school district in the United States consisting of 206 schools (133 elementary schools, 42 middle schools, 2 K-8 schools, 27 traditional high schools and 4 career centers; 73 additional schools including charter, ESE, etc.). In 2013, twelve out of Hillsborough County's 27 public high schools were ranked in Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools. In 2012 and 2013, all 27 public high schools were included on the Washington Post's list of the 2000 most challenging schools in America

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