Zephyrhills, Florida facts for kids

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The City of Zephyrhills
City
5th Avenue in the Zephyrhills Downtown Historic District
5th Avenue in the Zephyrhills Downtown Historic District
Nickname(s): Zhills
Motto: "City of pure water"
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida
Country United States
State Florida
County Pasco
Settled April 18, 1888
Incorporated (town) 1910
Incorporated (city) 1914
Area
 • Total 6.4 sq mi (16.4 km2)
 • Land 6.3 sq mi (16.2 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 95 ft (29 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,288
 • Density 2,107.5/sq mi (819.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33539–33544
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 14,381 in the 2014 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.

The community was founded in 1910 by Captain Harold B. Jeffries as Abbot Station. Jeffries planned on making the community a home for Civil War veterans. A Founders Day celebration is held annually in March.

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%
Est. 2015 14,611 10.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,833 people and 2,986 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,728.2 inhabitants per square mile (667.1/km²). There were 6,167 housing units at an average density of 983.8 per square mile (379.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.63% White, 2.79% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.60% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.03% of the population.

There were 4,944 households out of which 20.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them. 46.5% were married couples living with others, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.63.

In the city, the population was spread out with 18.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 44.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city in 2005 was $33,100, and the median income for a family was $33,502. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $21,648 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,047. About 9.3% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

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)

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