Sumter County is a county located in the state of Florida, United States. Based on the 2010 census, the
population is 93,420. Sumter County was created
on January 8, 1853 from Marion County. The county
seat is Bushnel. This county is named
for Thomas Sumter (1734-1832), general in the American Revolution.
Sumter County comprises the The Villages, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Orlando-Deltona-Daytona Beach, FL Combined Statistical Area.
This county is named for Thomas Sumter (1734-1832), general in the American Revolution.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Sumter County was created in 1853. The county is 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.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 580 square miles (1,503 km2), of which, 546 square miles (1,413 km2) of it is land and 35 square miles (90 km2) of it (5.96%) is water.
Sumter county is located close to the center of Florida. The largest
community is The Villages.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Sumter District Schools operates district public schools in Sumter County.
The Villages Charter Schools is a K-12 charter school in unincorporated northern Sumter County in The Villages CDP. Children are eligible to attend the charter school if one or both of their parents work for The Villages.
Among other schools in the county is South Sumter Middle School, a junior high school for students in grades 6-8, and Lake-Sumter State College has a campus in Sumterville that serves the community.