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Aripeka, Florida
The historic former Aripeka Post Office on the Pasco County side of the town
The historic former Aripeka Post Office on the Pasco County side of the town
Location of Aripeka in Hernando County and Pasco County, Florida.
Location of Aripeka in Hernando County and Pasco County, Florida.
Aripeka, Florida is located in Florida
Aripeka, Florida
Aripeka, Florida
Location in Florida
Aripeka, Florida is located in the United States
Aripeka, Florida
Aripeka, Florida
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Florida
Counties Pasco, Hernando
Area
 • Total 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Land 0.82 sq mi (2.13 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.52 km2)
Elevation
5 ft (2 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 320
 • Density 389.29/sq mi (150.40/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
34679 (originally 33502)
Area code(s) 727
FIPS code 12-01875
GNIS feature ID 0293914

Aripeka is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in the U.S. state of Florida, along coast of the Gulf of Mexico at the border dividing Pasco and Hernando counties. The ZIP Code for the community is 34679, but it was originally assigned as 33502. As of the 2020 census,the population was 320.

Geography

Aripeka is located at 28°25′56″N 82°39′51″W / 28.43222°N 82.66417°W / 28.43222; -82.66417.

Similar in geophysical structure to Hernando Beach, Bayport, and Pine Island, Florida, Aripeka is surrounded by marshland, mostly within Hernando County. The Pasco-Hernando County line is located at the South Hammock Creek Bridge.

History

Aripeka FL South Hammock Creek west01
The South Hammock Creek, looking west from the bridge

The community of Gulf Key was settled in this area in 1873, and a post office by that name was established in 1883. The post office was briefly known as Argo. It was replaced by the Aripeka post office in 1895. Aripeka is named for an early-19th century Seminole chief who is thought to have lived nearby. The town was divided when Pasco County separated from Hernando County in 1887. The post office, which was originally in Hernando County, moved across the Pasco County Line in 1921. According to the historical marker in the town, Babe Ruth visited Aripeka to fish. On June 3, 1993, the Pasco County Historic Preservation Committee dedicated the town a State Historic Site.

Transportation

The main road through Aripeka is County Road 595, named Aripeka Road in Pasco County and Osowaw Boulevard in Hernando County. This road was part of the original Dixie Highway and suffers frequent flooding in the heart of town due to its close proximity to the water. CR 595 leads southeast 1.8 miles (2.9 km) to U.S. Route 19 and northeast 4 miles (6 km), also to US 19.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 320
U.S. Decennial Census

Notable residents

  • James Rosenquist, an artist, maintained "a home, an office and studio space" during his later years.
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