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Spring Hill, Florida
The gateway to Spring Hill at US 19 and Spring Hill Drive
The gateway to Spring Hill at US 19 and Spring Hill Drive
Location in Hernando County and the state of Florida
Location in Hernando County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°28′44″N 82°32′52″W / 28.47889°N 82.54778°W / 28.47889; -82.54778Coordinates: 28°28′44″N 82°32′52″W / 28.47889°N 82.54778°W / 28.47889; -82.54778
Country United States
State Florida
County Hernando
Area
 • Total 62.2 sq mi (161.2 km2)
 • Land 59.8 sq mi (154.9 km2)
 • Water 2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
Highest elevation
135 ft (41 m)
Lowest elevation
17 ft (5 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 98,621
 • Density 1,649/sq mi (636.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
34604-34610
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-68350
GNIS feature ID 0294933

Spring Hill is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hernando County, Florida, United States. The population was 98,621 at the 2010 census, up from 69,078 at the 2000 census. The American Community Survey estimated the population in 2017 to be 113,508. Spring Hill belongs to Florida's Nature Coast region and is in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area. It is east of Hernando Beach, southwest of Brooksville, and north of Tampa.

History and overview

Spring Hill first appeared on Hernando County maps in the mid-1800s along what is today Fort Dade Avenue just north of the community of Wiscon. The modern Spring Hill was founded in 1967 as a planned community, which was developed by the Deltona Corporation and the Mackle Brothers who built the community. The plans for the community are actually identical to the community of Deltona, Florida. The Mackle Brothers sold many of the properties and land in the area through intense advertising. It appeared on maps of Florida as early as 1856. It has since become a sprawling semi-city in its own right, though it is an unincorporated area. The main entrance to the original development is marked by the Spring Hill waterfall on Spring Hill Drive and U.S. Route 19 (Commercial Way). Its location has Hernando Beach to the west, Brooksville, Florida to the east, and Tampa to the south via the Suncoast Parkway, US 41, and I-75.

Spring Hill's proximity to Tampa, approximately 35 miles (56 km) south, and the completion of the Suncoast Parkway in 2001 have made it easily accessible to the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.

Recent developments

JCPenney opened a store on U.S. Route 19 (Commercial Way), just south of Spring Hill Drive in Spring 2008, adjacent to the store is a 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) shopping center that include many stores and restaurants, including: Best Buy, Cracker Barrel, Office Depot, Ross & Sports Authority. A Kohl's on Spring Hill Drive, just east of the Suncoast Parkway opened in Fall 2008; a Target was constructed at the same location and opened in July 2009. Just a few miles south of Kohl's and Target off of the Suncoast Parkway at County Line Road and Anderson Snow Road is a new plaza called The Shoppes of Avalon. Their anchor store is Publix which opened fall of 2009. There is also a Nail Star, China Star & Leo Liquors. The newest businesses that have opened on SR 50 are Five Guys, Texas Roadhouse, Panera Bread, HHGregg, Marina and a Burger King.

Tourism

Nearby Weeki Wachee Springs is home to the famous live mermaid show and Florida's only spring-fed water park, Buccaneer Bay.

Geography

Spring Hill is located at 28°28′44″N 82°32′52″W / 28.47889°N 82.54778°W / 28.47889; -82.54778 (28.478929, & 82.547732). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 54.8 square miles (142 km2), of which 53.1 square miles (138 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (3.12%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 6,468
1990 31,117 381.1%
2000 69,078 122.0%
2010 98,621 42.8%
source:

At the 2010 census, there were 98,621 people, 39,078 households and 27,798 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,649 per square mile (636.7/km2). There were 44,435 housing units, of which 5,357, or 12.1%, were vacant. The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.1% White, 5.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.04% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 2.5% some other race, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.6% of the population.

Of the 39,078 households, 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were headed by married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49, and the average family size was 2.91.

In the CDP, 21.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.2% were from 18 to 24, 21.9% were from 25 to 44, 27.1% were from 45 to 64, and 22.2% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.3 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.

For the period 2013-17, the estimated median annual household income in the CDP was $45,468, and the median family income was $53,017. Male full-time workers had a median income of $39,478 versus $35,059 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,349. About 10.7% of families and 14.9% of the total population were below the poverty line, including 22.6% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Spring Hill Demographics
2010 Census Spring Hill Hernando
County
Florida
Total population 98,621 172,778 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +42.8% +32.1% +17.6%
Population density 1,649.0/sq mi 365.6/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 88.1% 89.5% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 78.5% 82.1% 57.9%
Black or African-American 5.1% 5.1% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 13.6% 10.3% 22.5%
Asian 1.4% 1.1% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 2.5% 2.0% 2.5%
Some Other Race 2.5% 1.9% 3.6%

Languages

For the period 2013-17, English spoken as a first language accounted for 85.7% of the population, while 14.3% spoke other languages as their mother tongue. The most significant were Spanish speakers who made up 10.0% of the population.

Transportation

FLMap-doton-SpringHill
Spring Hill's location in Florida (red dot)

Mass transit

Bus service in Spring Hill is provided by THE Bus (The Hernando Express), which serves as Hernando County's main bus system, servicing both Spring Hill and Brooksville. Started in 2002, THE Bus has three main routes, two of which serve the main thoroughfares of Spring Hill, such as Spring Hill Drive and Mariner Boulevard.

Roads

Hernando County Nature Coast sign on US 19
Tourism sign on US 19 just north of CR 578 (County Line Road)

There are several county roads in Spring Hill that serve as major thoroughfares for traffic traveling around and passing through Spring Hill. Below is a list of the county roads that pertain to Spring Hill:

CR # Name Direction
Hernando County Road 572 FL.svg CR 572 Elgin Boulevard/Powell Road East/West
Hernando County Road 574 FL.svg CR 574 Spring Hill Drive East/West
Hernando County Road 578 FL.svg CR 578 County Line Road East/West
Hernando County Road 585 FL.svg CR 585 Barclay Avenue/Anderson Snow Road North/South
Hernando County Road 587 FL.svg CR 587 Mariner Boulevard North/South
Hernando County Road 589 FL.svg CR 589 Deltona Boulevard North/South

Highways

Spring Hill is bordered to the west by US 19 (named Commercial Way), and to the north by SR 50 (named Cortez Boulevard). The Suncoast Parkway (SR 589) is a toll road that passes through Spring Hill and serves as a connection to Pasco and Hillsborough counties (and, by extension, Tampa) to the south.

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Education

Spring Hill has many schools, both public and private, which provide primary and secondary education to local children. There are also several options for higher education that are easily accessible from the Spring Hill area.

Primary and secondary education

Public schools in Spring Hill are part of the Hernando County School Board school system, which oversees all public schools in Hernando County. The main public schools that serve the Spring Hill area are:

High schools

  • Central High School
  • Frank W. Springstead High School, an IB World School
  • Nature Coast Technical High School
  • Weeki Wachee High School
  • Hernando High School

Middle schools

  • Fox Chapel Middle School
  • Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology, a charter school
  • Powell Middle School
  • West Hernando Middle School

K-8 schools

  • Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics
  • Explorer K-8
  • John D. Floyd K-8 School of Environmental Science
  • Winding Waters K-8

Elementary schools

  • Chocachatti Elementary School
  • Deltona Elementary School
  • Pine Grove Elementary School
  • Spring Hill Elementary school
  • Suncoast Elementary School
  • Westside Elementary School

In addition to the public schools in Spring Hill, there are several private schools:

  • Notre Dame Catholic School (Pre-K to grade 8)
  • Spring Hill Christian Academy (Pre-K to grade 12)
  • West Hernando Christian School

Higher learning

Spring Hill is home to the 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) Spring Hill Campus of Pasco–Hernando State College. This was the fourth campus built out of the five now in existence.

Libraries

The Hernando County Public Library system operates several libraries in and around the Spring Hill area, such as the West Hernando Branch Library and the Spring Hill Branch Library, which serves as a replacement of the Little Red Schoolhouse Branch Library. The historic Little Red Schoolhouse Branch Library has since been converted into a bookstore whose proceeds benefit the library system.

Notable people

  • Matt Breida, running back for the Miami Dolphins
  • Ricou Browning, film director, actor (notably as the "Gill-man" in Creature from the Black Lagoon), producer, screenwriter, underwater cinematographer, stuntman
  • Corey Hill, former UFC fighter and The Ultimate Fighter 5 contestant (deceased)
  • Zachary James, opera singer, stage and TV actor (notably as "Lurch" in the Broadway production of The Addams Family)
  • Willie Sutton, bank robber
  • Huey Whittaker, wide receiver for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (UFL)
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