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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.

Pasco County, Florida

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Pasco County is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 464,697. Pasco County was created on June 2, 1887 from Hernando County. The county seat is Dade City, and its largest city is New Port Richey. This county is named for Samuel Pasco (1834-1917), United States Senator at the time of creation of the county.

Pasco County is included in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL. Tampa Bay Area.

Etymology - Origin of Pasco County Name

This county is named for Samuel Pasco (1834-1917), United States Senator at the time of creation of the county.


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Pasco County History

Pasco County was created in 1887 from the southern part of Hernando County. The county is named for Samuel Pasco, who served in the Confederate Army, the state legislature and in the United States Senate from 1887 to 1899. The earliest towns were Anclote, Blanton, Dade City, Earnestville, Fort Dade, Macon (Trilby), Lacoochee and San Antonio.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 868 square miles (2,248 km2), of which, 745 square miles (1,929 km2) of it is land and 123 square miles (319 km2) of it (14.18%) is water.

Pasco county is located close to the center of Florida. This county is located on the Gulf of Mexico in the Tampa Bay area, Pasco is part of a nine-county region referred to as the "Nature Coast." Pasco county is 30 miles north of Tampa and about 50 miles west of Orlando.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Hernando County
  • Northeast: Sumter County
  • Southeast: Polk County
  • South: Hillsborough County
  • Southwest: Pinellas County
  • West: Gulf of Mexico


Public schools in the County are operated by Pasco County Schools.

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