Hillsborough County Florida Located in West Florida
Hillsborough County Cities
||Sun City Center
||Temple Ter. Junction
Land area (rank): 1,053 square miles (13)
Population 1993 (rank): 866,134 (4)
Population density 1993 (rank): 823 persons per square mile (6)
Growth 1980-1990 (rank): 28.9% (39)
Hillsborough County is on the Gulf coast and is bordered by
Tampa Bay and by Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, and Pasco counties.
The county has 39 square miles of water. The average January temperature
is 60.4 degrees F, and the average August temperature is 81.5
degrees F. The average annual rainfall is 48.48 inches.
Hillsborough County was established in 1834 from St. Johns
County and named for Wills Hills, the Earl of Hillsborough.
Much of Hillsborough County's population is adjacent to Tampa
Bay. Tampa had a 1993 population of 282,848. The two other incorporated
areas, Plant City and Temple Terrace, each had populations under
25,000 in 1993. Hillsborough County has numerous unincorporated
areas with large populations. Brandon had a population of 57,985
in 1990 and Town 'n' Country had a population of 60,946. Many
of the unincorporated areas west of Tampa continued to grow during
the 1980s. Hillsborough County is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1993, 85% of Hillsborough County's
population was white and 15% was nonwhite. In 1990, 12.8% of the
population was Hispanic. Of the population increase between 1980
and 1990, 70.2% was due to net migration. The 1992 birth rate
was 16.1 live births per 1,000 persons, and the 1992 death rate
was 8.5 deaths per 1,000 persons. In 1992 the infant mortality
rate was 11.1 per 1,000. In 1993 the leading causes of death were
heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Of all 1992 high school graduates, 66.9% planned to continue
their education. In 1992 the high school dropout rate was 2.7%.
In 1990, 75.6% of persons in the county were high school graduates,
and 20.2% had completed four or more years of college. Colleges
and universities. Florida College, Temple Terrace; Boston University
School of Theology, Hillsborough Community College, International
Academy of Merchandising and Design, ITT Technical Institute,
National Education Center-Tampa Technical Institute Campus, National-Louis
University, University of South Florida, University of Tampa,
The per capita income for 1993 was $18,673 (19th highest in
the state). The median household income in 1989 was $28,477. In
1989, 9.5% of families had incomes below the poverty level. In
1990, 14.6% of personal income was derived from transfer payments.
In 1992 the greatest numbers of persons in Hillsborough County
employed in the services sector were in business services and
medical and other health services. Food and kindred products,
printing and publishing, and electrical equipment and supply firms
accounted for the most employment in the manufacturing sector.
In 1992 there were 2,760 farms in Hillsborough County, totalling
265,443 acres (39% of land in the county). The county's major
agricultural products are vegetables, cattle, hogs and pigs, and
poultry. In 1991, 3,062,256 pounds of fish and 922,441 pounds
of shellfish were landed in Hillsborough County.
Median value of a single-family home 1990: $73,100
Median monthly rent 1990: $374
Mobile homes as a % of total housing: 11.5
Housing starts 1992: 4,937
Housing starts 1993: 4,935
In 1992 the price level index for Hillsborough County was 100.19
(11th highest in the state).
Hillsborough County is a charter county. In 1993, the ad valorem
millage rate was 7.9048, and the total taxable value of property
was $25,234,389,126. Taxable sales totalled $9271.00 million in
1992 and $9755.10 million in 1993. Lottery sales totalled $117,110
thousand in 1992-93. In 1990-91 Hillsborough County's revenues
totalled $1,267,342 thousand ($1,503.0 per capita) and its expenditures
$1,456,422 thousand ($1,727.2 per capita). Of those 18 years of
age and older, 57.9% were registered to vote in 1992. Of these,
53.4% were registered Democrat and 36.4% were registered Republican.
In the 1992 presidential election 42.1% of the votes were cast
for Bush, 37.1% for Clinton, and 20.3% for Perot.
Events and Places of Interest
Hall of Fame Bowl, January, Winter Equestrian Festival, March,
Tampa's Jazzin' Jubilee, September, Guavaween Extravaganza, October,
Tampa; Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City, February; Ybor
City Fiesta, February; Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, Museum of
Science and Industry, Tampa; Gator Jungle, Plant City; Hyde Park
Historic District, Tampa; West Tampa Historic District, Ybor City
Historic District, Upper Tampa Archaeological District.