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Lake Magdalene, Florida
Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida
Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida
Country United States
State Florida
County Hillsborough
 • Total 11.61 sq mi (30.07 km2)
 • Land 10.20 sq mi (26.42 km2)
 • Water 1.41 sq mi (3.65 km2)
46 ft (14 m)
 • Total 30,742
 • Density 3,013.63/sq mi (1,163.55/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
33612, 33613 & 33618
Area code(s) 813
FIPS code 12-38350
GNIS feature ID 1867163

Lake Magdalene is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 28,509 at the 2010 census.


Lake Magdalene is located at 28°4′53″N 82°28′41″W / 28.08139°N 82.47806°W / 28.08139; -82.47806 (28.081294, -82.477945).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30 km2), of which 10.6 square miles (27 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (9.50%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 9,266
1980 13,331 43.9%
1990 15,973 19.8%
2000 28,755 80.0%
2010 28,509 −0.9%

As of the census of 2000, there were 28,755 people, 12,085 households, and 7,722 families residing in the community. The population density was 2,718.9 people per square mile (1,049.4/km2). There were 12,938 housing units at an average density of 1,223.3/sq mi (472.2/km2). The racial makeup of the community was 86.65% White, 5.91% African American, 0.35% Native American, 2.33% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.64% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.51% of the population. A decade later, 2010 Census figures show population growth in the Lake Magdalene CDP had essentially stagnated during the first decade of the 21st century, with 28,509 residents, or approximately 250 fewer individuals than counted in the 2000 Census report. Age and racial demographics in the community remained largely similar to the composition in 2000.

There were 12,085 households, out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the community the population was spread out, with 22.5% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the community was $43,259, and the median income for a family was $54,276. Males had a median income of $39,556 versus $30,398 for females. The per capita income for the community was $26,685. About 5.6% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Politically, Lake Magdalene is part of congressional district 14.


As a northwestern suburb of Tampa, this area of Hillsborough County had welcomed enough residents to receive its first post office in 1888, followed by a scattering of schools and churches—most notably the United Brethren Church (now Lake Magdalene United Methodist) started in 1895 by Reverend Isaac W. Bearss, whose family line still maintains several acres of citrus groves in the region, butted up against the busy east-west, North Tampa corridor that bears the family name [1] [2]. The rustic qualities of Lake Magdalene remained until the 1960s when residential construction in Tampa pushed northward. By 1990 almost 16,000 people lived in Lake Magdalene [3], and according to the 2000 census, its population had nearly doubled at 28,755 [4].

Lake Magdalene is surrounded by, and takes its name from, a 206-acre (0.83 km2) freshwater lake [5]. One legend has it that Lake Magdalene was named after Mary Magdalene, friend and follower of Jesus, who once appeared to a settler family along the waters of the lake. However, by other more documented accounts, the lake's designation borrows from the moniker of a Native American woman, Magdalena, who interpreted the language for a Spanish expedition into Florida in 1549 [6], or even more likely, the name comes from the 1882 marriage of John Parrish and Mary Magdalene Yates, daughter of Jonah Yates, first mayor of Plant City in the Lake Magdalene section of Hillsborough County [7].

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