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There are sixty-seven counties in the state of Florida. 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. Its last county was created in 1925 with the formation of Gilchrist County from a segment of Alachua County.

Citrus County, Florida

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Citrus County is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 141,236. Citrus County was created on June 2, 1887 from Hernando County. The county seat is Inverness, and its largest community is Homosassa Springs.  This county is named for the county's citrus trees.

Citrus County comprises the Homosassa Springs, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Citrus County Name

The county is named for the county citrus trees.


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Citrus County History

Citrus County was first occupied about 10,000 years ago and settled about 2,500 years ago by mound-building Native Americans that built the complex that now forms the Crystal River Archeological Site. The site was occupied for about 2,000 years. Why the complex was abandoned is currently unknown.

Citrus County was created in 1887. The Citrus County area was formally part of a Hernando County. It was named for the county's citrus trees. Citrus production declined dramatically after the "Big Freeze" of 1894-1895. Today, citrus is not grown commercially, although some people do have trees on their personal property.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 773.15 square miles (2,002 km2), of which, 584 square miles (1,512 km2) of it is land and 189 square miles (490 km2) of it (24.49%) is water.

 Citrus county is located close to the center of Florida.       Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and part of Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge are located in Citrus county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Marion County
  • Southeast: Sumter County
  • South: Hernando County
  • West: Gulf of Mexico
  • Northwest: Levy County


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