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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.

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Sumter County, Florida

Sumter County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Bushnell
Year Organized: 1853
Square Miles: 546
Court House:

910 North Main Street
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Bushnell, FL 33513-0000

Etymology - Origin of County Name

General Thomas Sumter, Revolutionary War hero

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Sumter County was created in 1853. It was named for General Thomas Sumter, a hero of the American Revolutionary War. The county in the past, and to this day by some, is nicknamed "Hog County" most likely because it is home to a large population of wild hogs. Hog hunting is still a favorite pastime of locals in the more rural portions of the county

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 580 square miles (1,503 kmē), of which, 546 square miles (1,413 kmē) of it is land and 35 square miles (90 kmē) of it (5.96%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Marion County
  • East: Lake County
  • Southeast: Polk County
  • Southwest: Pasco County; Hernando County
  • Northwest: Citrus County
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