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Sumter County, Florida

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Sumter County is a county located in the state of Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population is 93,420, and it has the oldest median age of any US county. Its county seat is Bushnell, and the largest community is The Villages.

Sumter County comprises the The Villages, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Orlando-Deltona-Daytona Beach, FL Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Sumter County Name

General Thomas Sumter, Revolutionary War hero


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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


According to the US 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.

Neighboring Counties:

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


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.[20] 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.

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