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The City of Zephyrhills
5th Avenue in the Zephyrhills Downtown Historic District
5th Avenue in the Zephyrhills Downtown Historic District
Nickname(s): 
Z-hills
Motto(s): 
"City of pure water"
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°14′14″N 82°10′46″W / 28.23722°N 82.17944°W / 28.23722; -82.17944Coordinates: 28°14′14″N 82°10′46″W / 28.23722°N 82.17944°W / 28.23722; -82.17944
Country United States
State Florida
County Pasco
Settled April 18, 1888
Incorporated (town) 1910
Incorporated (city) 1914
Area
 • Total 9.53 sq mi (24.67 km2)
 • Land 9.47 sq mi (24.53 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
Elevation
95 ft (29 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 13,288
 • Estimate 
(2019)
16,456
 • Density 1,737.33/sq mi (670.77/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
33539–33544
33599 (original code)
Area code(s) 813
FIPS code 12-79225
GNIS feature ID 0293620

Zephyrhills is a city in Pasco County, Florida, United States. The population was estimated at 13,288 in the 2010 census. It is a suburb of the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area. Zephyrhills is also known as the headquarters of the Zephyrhills bottled water company and is a member of Tree City USA.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 577
1930 748 29.6%
1940 1,252 67.4%
1950 1,826 45.8%
1960 2,887 58.1%
1970 3,369 16.7%
1980 5,742 70.4%
1990 8,220 43.2%
2000 10,833 31.8%
2010 13,288 22.7%
2019 (est.) 16,456 23.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

Transport

Major roads

See also: List of county roads in Pasco County, Florida
  • US 301.svg U.S. Route 301 (Fort King Highway/Gall Boulevard) is the main road through Zephyrhills running north and south through the city.
  • Florida 39.svg State Road 39 (Paul S. Buchman Highway/Gall Boulevard) runs northwest and southeast from Plant City into US 301 in Zephyrhills, and joins US 301 as a "hidden state road."
  • Pasco County 41.svg County Road 41 (Fort King Highway/Fort King Road) is an extension of SR 41, which is a hidden state road along US 301 from the Hillsborough County Line.
  • Florida 54.svg State Road 54 (Fifth Avenue) is the main east-west road that runs through southern Pasco County, from US 19 near Holiday to US 301 in Zephyrhills. A County extension (CR 54/Eiland Boulevard) from the intersection of SR 54 and CR 579 to U.S. Route 98 in Branchborough also exists, and a western extension to CR 577 in Wesley Chapel is planned for construction.
  • Florida 56.svg State Road 56 is a 2002-built road between SR 54 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Wesley Chapel, that is planned to be extended to US 301 south of Zephyrhills.
  • Pasco County Road 579 FL.svg County Road 579 (Morris Bridge Road/Eiland Boulevard/Handcart Road) is a bi-county extension of State Road 579 that runs from northern Tampa, through the western edge of the city, to west of Dade City. County Road 54 overlaps CR 579 north of SR 54 until it branches off to the east.
  • Pasco County Road 535 FL.svg County Road 535 (Chancey Road/Old Lakeland Highway) runs along the southern and eastern edge of the city and north into County Road 35 Alternate in Vitis.

Public transportation

Zephyrhills is served by Pasco County Public Transportation on routes #30, #33, and #54.

Airport

The city is served by Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. It was also once served by the 1927-built Zephyrhills Depot on the Atlantic Coast Line, which is now the Zephyrhills Depot Museum at a city park near the airport.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and warm, generally dry winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Zephyrhills has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Climate data for Zephyrhills, Florida
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 87
(30.6)
90
(32.2)
94
(34.4)
98
(36.7)
102
(38.9)
103
(39.4)
101
(38.3)
99
(37.2)
98
(36.7)
96
(35.6)
92
(33.3)
88
(31.1)
103
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 72
(22.2)
75
(23.9)
79
(26.1)
84
(28.9)
89
(31.7)
92
(33.3)
92
(33.3)
92
(33.3)
91
(32.8)
85
(29.4)
79
(26.1)
74
(23.3)
84
(28.9)
Average low °F (°C) 48
(8.9)
50
(10)
54
(12.2)
58
(14.4)
64
(17.8)
70
(21.1)
72
(22.2)
72
(22.2)
70
(21.1)
63
(17.2)
56
(13.3)
50
(10)
61
(16.1)
Record low °F (°C) 18
(-7.8)
22
(-5.6)
24
(-4.4)
38
(3.3)
46
(7.8)
54
(12.2)
64
(17.8)
62
(16.7)
53
(11.7)
39
(3.9)
27
(-2.8)
18
(-7.8)
18
(-7.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.41
(86.6)
3.38
(85.9)
4.06
(103.1)
2.35
(59.7)
3.89
(98.8)
7.13
(181.1)
7.69
(195.3)
7.47
(189.7)
6.54
(166.1)
2.75
(69.9)
2.52
(64)
2.65
(67.3)
53.84
(1,367.5)

Infrastructure

Transport

Major roads

See also: List of county roads in Pasco County, Florida
  • US 301.svg U.S. Route 301 (Fort King Highway/Gall Boulevard) is the main road through Zephyrhills running north and south through the city.
  • Florida 39.svg State Road 39 (Paul S. Buchman Highway/Gall Boulevard) runs northwest and southeast from Plant City into US 301 in Zephyrhills, and joins US 301 as a "hidden state road".
  • Pasco County 41.svg County Road 41 (Fort King Highway/Fort King Road) is an extension of SR 41, which is a hidden state road along US 301 from the Hillsborough County Line.
  • Florida 54.svg State Road 54 (Fifth Avenue) is the main east–west road that runs through southern Pasco County, from US 19 near Holiday to US 301 in Zephyrhills. A County extension (CR 54/Eiland Boulevard) from the intersection of SR 54 and CR 579 to U.S. Route 98 in Branchborough also exists, and a western extension to CR 577 in Wesley Chapel is planned for construction.
  • Florida 56.svg State Road 56 is a 2002-built road between SR 54 and runs to US 301 south of Zephyrhills.
  • Pasco County Road 579 FL.svg County Road 579 (Morris Bridge Road/Eiland Boulevard/Handcart Road) is a bi-county extension of State Road 579 that runs from northern Tampa, through the western edge of the city, to west of Dade City. County Road 54 overlaps CR 579 north of SR 54 until it branches off to the east.
  • Pasco County Road 535 FL.svg County Road 535 (Chancey Road/Old Lakeland Highway) runs along the southern and eastern edge of the city and north into County Road 35 Alternate in Vitis.

Public transportation

Zephyrhills is served by Pasco County Public Transportation on routes #30, #33, and #54.

Airport

The city is served by Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. It was also once served by the 1927-built Zephyrhills Depot on the Atlantic Coast Line, which is now the Zephyrhills Depot Museum at a city park near the airport. More than 70,000 skydives are performed annually on the airport at Skydive City, Inc., the largest woman-owned drop zone in the world, founded in 1990 by Joannie Murphy and Susan Perkins Stark.

Public safety

The Zephyrhills Police Department consists of about 35 officers. The current chief of police is Derek Brewer. The Zephyrhills Fire Department consists of career and volunteer firefighters.

The State of Florida Department of Corrections maintains the Zephyrhills Correctional Facility one mile south of the city limits. The prison population is adult males, with a capacity of over 700 inmates.

Notable people

  • Andrei & Elizabeth Castravet, 90 Day Fiancé Reality TV Stars
  • Domonic Brown, baseball player
  • Dave Eiland, former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Ramiele Malubay, American Idol finalist (attended Zephyrhills High School until 2002)
  • Jessica Meuse, American Idol finalist, briefly lived in Zephyrhills
  • Tracy Negoshian, fashion designer
  • Stephen Perry, writer for the animated series ThunderCats and Silverhawks
  • Ryan Pickett, defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers, graduated from Zephyrhills High School in 1998
  • Buzzie Reutimann, race car driver
  • David Reutimann, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver

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