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Bushnell, Florida
Old Sumter County Courthouse
Old Sumter County Courthouse
Location in Sumter County and the state of Florida
Location in Sumter County and the state of Florida
Country United States
State Florida
County  Sumter
 • Total 12.70 sq mi (32.90 km2)
 • Land 12.42 sq mi (32.16 km2)
 • Water 0.29 sq mi (0.74 km2)
75 ft (23 m)
 • Total 3,047
 • Density 245.41/sq mi (94.76/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 352 Exchanges: 568,569,793
FIPS code 12-09625

Bushnell is a city in Sumter County, Florida, United States. The population was 2,418 at the 2010 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2018, the city had a population of 3,119.


A post office called Bushnell has been in operation since 1885. The city was named in honor of a railroad employee.


Bushnell is located at 28°39′50″N 82°06′51″W / 28.663875°N 82.114175°W / 28.663875; -82.114175.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), all land.


The main roads through Bushnell include US 301 which runs north and south through the city. County Road 48 (SR 48 until 2016) and County Road 476 run east and west, and have short concurrency with US 301, as well as each other.

Interstate 75 runs along the western edge of Bushnell with Exit 314 leading to Sumter CR 314. County Road 475 begins at CR 48 and runs the CSX Wildwood Subdivision, which carried Amtrak's Palmetto until 2004. The Wildwood Subdivision runs along US 301 from north of the Hernando-Sumter County Line, to Bushnell until Route 301 turns onto East Noble Avenue. From there it runs along the east side of CR 48 until that route turns west onto West Belt Avenue, then follows the east side of CR 475 until its terminus at Exit 321 on I-75 at CR 470 in Lake Panasoffkee.

Bushnell also runs a small transit bus, that follows a daily route around the city's main attractions and busiest areas.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 400
1930 591 47.8%
1940 676 14.4%
1950 536 −20.7%
1960 644 20.1%
1970 700 8.7%
1980 983 40.4%
1990 1,998 103.3%
2000 2,050 2.6%
2010 2,418 18.0%
2020 3,047 26.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 2,050 people in 830 households, including 538 families, in the city. The population density was 871.7 inhabitants per square mile (336.8/km2). There were 1,004 housing units at an average density of 426.9 per square mile (165.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.37% White, 12.98% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 1.27% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.56%.

Of the 830 households 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 31.2% of households were one person and 17.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.79.

The age distribution was 20.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% 65 or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median household income was $26,676 and the median family income was $34,063. Males had a median income of $27,986 versus $23,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,737. About 11.0% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

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