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Hillsborough County is a
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located in the west central portion of the
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. In the 2010 census, the population was 1,229,226, making it the fourth-most populous county in Florida and the most populous county outside the
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. A 2019 estimate has the population of Hillsborough County at 1,471,968 people, which itself is greater than the populations of 12 states according to their 2019 population estimates. Its
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and largest city is
Tampa Tampa () is a major city that serves as the county seat of Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa is the largest city in the Tampa Bay area. With an estimated ...
. Hillsborough County is part of the Tampa– St. PetersburgClearwater
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.


History

Hillsborough County was created on January 25, 1834, from Alachua and Monroe Counties, during the U.S. territorial period (1822–1845). The new county was named for Wills Hill, the
Earl of Hillsborough Earl () is a rank of the nobility in Britain. The title originates in the Old English word ''eorl'', meaning "a man of noble birth or rank". The word is cognate with the Scandinavian form ''jarl'', and meant "chieftain", particularly a chieftain ...

Earl of Hillsborough
, who served as
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from 1768 to 1772. The County was created through efforts by Augustus Steele. The county's 1834 area was much larger and included eight other present-day counties: Charlotte County,
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, Hardee,
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, Pasco,
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,
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, and
Sarasota Sarasota () is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. The area is renowned for its cultural and environmental amenities, beaches, resorts, and the Sarasota School of Architecture. The city is at the south ...
. The last significant change in Hillsborough County's borders was the separation of its western section to create Pinellas County in 1911. On New Year's Day in 1914, the
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initiated the first scheduled commercial airline service in the world, from St. Petersburg to Tampa.


Geography

According to the
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, the county has a total area of , of which are land and (19.4%) are covered by water. About of shoreline are on Tampa Bay. The county's unincorporated area is around , more than 84% of the total land area. Municipalities account for . The modern boundaries of the county place it midway along the west coast of Florida. A narrow portion of Hillsborough County to the south, consisting almost exclusively of water, extends west to the
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Gulf of Mexico
roughly along the Tampa Port Shipping Channel. This has the effect of keeping Hillsborough County from being technically landlocked. The central portion of the
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is in Hillsborough County. So is
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, at the entrance to
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; this narrow strip of land separates Pinellas County from Manatee County. The northernmost tip of a spoil island just west of Port Manatee also lies in Hillsborough County. Hillsborough is home to
Alafia River State Park Alafia River State Park is a Florida State Park, located near Picnic in Hillsborough County in central Florida, 17 miles southeast of Tampa on County Road 39. Even before it became a park, the area, and particularly Hurrah Lake, was the center of l ...
and Hillsborough River state parks, and to the C. W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir and Lithia Springs Regional Park, Lithia Springs, one of the largest natural springs in Florida. File:Alafia River near Lithia Springs Park.jpg, On the Alafia River near Lithia Springs Park File:Alligator - Alafia Springs State Park.jpg, An alligator in the
Alafia River State Park Alafia River State Park is a Florida State Park, located near Picnic in Hillsborough County in central Florida, 17 miles southeast of Tampa on County Road 39. Even before it became a park, the area, and particularly Hurrah Lake, was the center of l ...
File:Hurrah Lake - Alafia River State Park.jpg, Hurrah Lake on the Alafia River File:Sandhill Cranes - Hillsborough River State Park.jpg, Sandhill crane at Hillsborough River State Park File:Kayaking on the Hillsborough River.jpg, On the Hillsborough River (Florida), Hillsborough River near Lettuce Lake Park


Adjacent counties

* Pasco County, Florida, Pasco County - north * Polk County, Florida, Polk County - east * Manatee County, Florida, Manatee County - south * Pinellas County, Florida, Pinellas County - west


Demographics


2010 Census

U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Ethnic/Race Demographics: * White (U.S. Census), White (non-Hispanic) (71.3% when including White Hispanics): 53.7% (12.1% German, 11.0% Irish, 8.9% English, 6.7% Italian, 2.6% French, 2.4% Polish, 1.9% Scottish, 1.6% Scotch-Irish, 1.3% Dutch, 0.8% Russian, 0.8% Swedish, 0.7% Welsh, 0.6% French Canadian, 0.6% Norwegian, 0.5% Hungarian, 0.5% Greek) * Black (U.S. Census), Black (non-Hispanic) (16.7% when including Black Hispanics): 15.6% (2.4% West Indian/Afro-Caribbean American [0.7% Jamaican, 0.6% Haitian, 0.5% Afro-Caribbean, Other or Unspecified West Indian, 0.1% Trinidadian and Tobagonian, 0.1% British West Indian, 0.1% U.S. Virgin Islander] 0.9% Sub-Saharan Africa, Subsaharan African) * Hispanic (U.S. Census), Hispanic or Latino (U.S. Census), Latino of any race: 24.9% (7.4% Puerto Rican, 5.3% Cuban, 5.3% Mexican, 1.2% Colombian, 1.1% Dominican, 0.7% Spaniard, 0.5% Honduran) * Asian (U.S. Census), Asian: 3.4% (1.2% Indian, 0.5% Vietnamese, 0.5% Filipino, 0.4% Chinese, 0.4% Other Asian, 0.3% Korean, 0.1% Japanese) * Multiracial American, Two or more races: 3.1% * Native American (U.S. Census), American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4% * Pacific Islander (U.S. Census), Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.1% * Race (United States Census), Other Races: 5.0% (0.6% Arab) In 2010, 6.0% of the Hillsborough's population considered themselves to be of only "American people, American" ancestry (regardless of race or ethnicity.) Of the 536,092 households, 29.74% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.25% were Marriage, married couples living together, 14.76% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.69% were not families. About 27.12% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.96% (2.35% male and 5.61% female) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.11. The age distribution was 23.9% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males. The median income for a household in the county was $49,536, and for a family was $59,886. Males had a median income of $43,125 versus $35,184 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,062. About 10.7% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.9% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those aged 65 or over. In 2010, 15.1% of the county's population was foreign born, with 44.5% being Naturalized citizen of the United States, naturalized American citizens. Of foreign-born residents, 67.5% were born in Latin America, 16.7% born in Asia, 9.2% were born in Europe, 3.2% born in Africa, 3.1% in North America, and 0.3% were born in Oceania.


2000 Census

As of the census of 2000, 998,948 people, 391,357 households, and 255,164 families resided in the county. The population density was 951 people per square mile (367/km2). The 425,962 housing units averaged 405 per square mile (156/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 75.17% White (63.3% Non-Hispanic White), 14.96% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 4.66% from other races, and a 2.56% from two or more races. 17.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The county was the thirty-second most populous county in the nation. Of the 391,357 households, 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.70% were Marriage, married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.80% were not families. Roughly 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.07. The age distribution was: 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males. The median income for a household in the county was $40,663, and for a family was $48,223. Males had a median income of $34,111 versus $26,962 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,812. About 9.10% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over. Source: U.S. Census


Languages

As of 2010, 74.59% of the population spoke only English language, English at home, 19.52% spoke Spanish language, Spanish, 0.56% French-based creole languages, French Creole (mainly Haitian Creole), and 0.51% spoke Vietnamese language, Vietnamese as their mother language. In total, 25.41% of the population spoke a language other than English as their primary language.


Politics and government

Hillsborough County tends to lean Democratic Party (United States), Democratic, having not been won by a Republican Party (United States), Republican presidential candidate since the 2004 election. For the last quarter-century, it has been a powerful swing county in one of the nation's most important swing states. It is part of the politically important Interstate 4, I-4 Corridor between Tampa Bay and Orlando, an area that historically decides most elections in Florida. Hillsborough was considered a bellwether county, voting for the statewide winner in every presidential election from 1964-2012. It has also voted for the winner of the presidency in every election since 1928 except twice, voting for the loser only in 1992 and 2016. The southern portion of the county, around Tampa, is powerfully Democratic, while the northern and eastern portions are heavily Republican. On the statewide level, the county also tends to lean Democratic with Democrats Bill Nelson for senator and Andrew Gillum for governor both winning the county in the 2018 elections. However, Republican senator Marco Rubio did win the county in his 2010 and 2016 senatorial campaigns. In 2008 United States presidential election, 2008, Barack Obama won the county by seven points, the first Democrat to capture the county since Bill Clinton's re-election victory in 1996. Obama won Hillsborough again in 2012 over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney by roughly the same margin. In 2016 United States presidential election, 2016, Donald Trump became the first Republican since Calvin Coolidge in 1924 to win the election without carrying the county. A home rule charter for Hillsborough County was approved by voters in a county-wide referendum held in September 1983, and the first county commissioners elected under this new charter took office on May 28, 1985. The charter divides the power of county government between legislative and executive branches. The Board of County Commissioners, which composes the legislative branch, sets overall policy by means of ordinances, resolutions, and motions. The executive powers of county government are vested in the county administrator, appointed by county commissioners and charged by the charter to faithfully implement the powers of the board. The charter provides for a county attorney, to be hired by the county administrator with the advice and consent of the county commissioners. The charter contains a provision for a charter review board appointed by County Commissioners every five years to conduct a study of county government and propose amendments to the charter. These amendments must be presented to voters for approval. One amendment was approved in November 2002, adding the position of County Internal Performance Auditor to the government structure. This position reports directly to the County Commission. The current administrator is Bonnie M. Wise, who took office on July 1, 2020, replacing Mike Merrill, who had served as administrator since 2010. Wise previously served as the county's deputy administrator and Tampa's chief financial officer. Of the seven members of the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough County, four are elected from single-member districts, and three are elected county-wide. The board approves the county's operating and capital budgets and the county's capital-improvement program. It may take action on any programs for the improvement of the county and the welfare of its residents.


Government officials

These five countywide elected positions have specific responsibilities under the county charter: * Clerk of the Circuit Court: Pat Frank (D) * Sheriff: Chad Chronister (R) * Property Appraiser: Bob Henriquez (D) * Tax Collector: Doug Belden (R) * Supervisor of Elections: Craig Latimer (D) Under a charter ordinance that went into effect May 1985, county commissioners are directed to perform legislative functions of government by developing policy for the management of Hillsborough County. The county administrator, a professional appointed by the board, and the administrative staff are responsible for the implementation of these policies. The board also serves as the Environmental Protection Commission. Individual board members serve on various other boards, authorities, and commissions such as the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Tampa Bay Water, Aviation Authority, Expressway Authority, Sports Authority, Port Authority, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Children's Board, Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Council of Governments.


Taxes

Hillsborough County's discretionary sales tax rate increased from 1% to 2.5% in January 2019. When combined with the state of Florida's 6%, the rate is 8.5%, the highest in Florida. The rate includes two surcharges approved by voter referendum in November 2018, 1% for transportation and 1/2% for schools. It is only collected on the first $5000 of any large purchase.


Voter registration

Registration as of 7-11-2018.


Economy

In the early 20th century, Hillsborough's economy was predominantly based on cigar-making and agriculture. In 2012, Hillsborough had the second-largest agricultural output among Florida's counties. As of 2010, the average annual employment in Hillsborough County was 563,292. The percentages of total employment by industry were: * Natural resources and mining 2.0% * Construction 4.6% * Manufacturing 4.1% * Trade, transportation, and utilities 19.5% * Information 3.0% * Financial activities 9.2% * Professional and business services 18.1% * Education and health services 14.6% * Leisure and hospitality 10.3% * Other services 2.7% * Public administration 4.7%


Agriculture

In 2011, sales of all agricultural commodities produced in Hillsborough County were over $832,410,300. The largest crop by value was strawberries at over $388 million. Values of various crops included:


List of companies with headquarters in Hillsborough County

* Beef O'Brady's Restaurants * Big Brothers Big Sisters of America * Bloomin' Brands Restaurants, including Outback Steakhouse, Carrabbas, and others. * Checkers and Rally's Restaurants * Front Burner Brands Restaurants, including The Melting Pot, Burger 21, and Grillsmith. * International Softball Federation * Lykes Brothers * MisterCertified * The Mosaic Company, Mosaic's Phosphate Division * Odyssey Marine Exploration * Patterson Companies * Rooms To Go Furniture * Shriners International * Sweetbay Supermarkets (since absorbed by BI-LO (United States), BI-LO's Winn-Dixie chain) had its headquarters in an unincorporated area in the county, near Tampa. * Sykes Enterprises


Education

Hillsborough County Public Schools operate the public schools in the county. Hillsborough County has the eighth-largest school district in the United States consisting of 206 schools (133 elementary schools, 42 middle schools, two K-8 schools, 27 traditional high schools, and four career centers, with 73 additional schools including charter, ESE, etc.). In 2013, 12 of Hillsborough County's 27 public high schools were ranked in'' Newsweek's'' list of America's Best High Schools. In 2012 and 2013, all 27 public high schools were included on the ''Washington Post's ''list of the 2000 most challenging schools in America.


School enrollment

* 1997–1998 149,658 3,151 increase * 1998–1999 152,809 3,437 increase * 1999–2000 156,246 4,500 increase * 2000–2001 160,746 5,315 increase * 2001–2002 166,061 5,261 increase * 2002–2003 171,322 6,235 increase * 2003–2004 177,557 7,113 increase * 2004–2005 184,670 7,113 increase * 2005–2006 190,835 6,165 increase * 2006–2007 191,151 316 increase * 2007–2008 191,219 68 increase (projected) Source:
Tampa Tribune
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Museums and libraries


Museums

* Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa * Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa * Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa * Museum of Science & Industry (Tampa) * Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa * Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa


Libraries

These libraries are part of th
Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative
* Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System * Bruton Memorial Library, located in Plant City and built in 1960. It is a part of the county cooperative but is under the jurisdiction of the City of Plant City. * Temple Terrace Public Library *Tampa Bay Library Consortium


Federal agencies

* Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) * Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) * Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) * US Marshall's Service * U.S. Customs and Border Protection, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) * United States Department of Homeland Security, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) * United States Department of Defense, Department of Defense ** United States Department of the Army, US Department of the Army ** United States Department of the Air Force, US Department of the Air Force ** United States Department of the Navy, US Department of the Navy * U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) * Military Police (on military bases or stations) (MP) * Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) * Veterans Administration Police (VAPD)


State agencies

* Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) * Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) * State Fire Marshall's Office * Florida Department of Corrections, Department of Corrections (COR) * Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) * Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)


Local agencies

Several agencies provide law enforcement to the residents of Hillsborough County. They are all accredited and fully certified law enforcement agencies by the FDLE.


Hillsborough County Fire Rescue

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue serves the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County. Fire service began in the 1950s as an all-volunteer force consisting of about a dozen loosely associated community-based organizations. The first full-time career firefighters were hired in 1973. The department now has 1,019 career uniformed and support personnel who continue to set the pace in fire and emergency medical response, making it the fourth-largest department in the state. Since the 1997 consolidation of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the department has placed paramedics on each career, front-line apparatus. The department operates 32 ALS transport ambulances, 43 Engine Companies, 4 Truck Companies, 2 Heavy Rescue's, 1 Hazardous Incident Unit, 1 Fire Boat and 1 Rescue Boat. These units operate out of 44 Fire Rescue stations located strategically throughout Hillsborough County. As nearly 85% of the department's more than 104,000 emergency responses require some level of medical care, having paramedics assigned to each unit assures that the citizens of Hillsborough County are receiving rapid advanced life-support care. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and the Board of County Commissioners have implemented a plan to continue placing new fire rescue stations in areas where growth is occurring or gaps in coverage may exist. Fire Chief Dennis Jones leads a senior staff of two deputy chiefs (operations and administrative branches), the fire marshal, and the emergency manager. All fiscal functions, facilities maintenance and supply, apparatus/equipment procurement, emergency dispatch manager, personnel chief, and training chief are under the direction of the deputy chief of administration. The three Shift Commanders, as well as the Rescue Chief and the Special Operations Chief, report directly to the Deputy Chief of Operations. The Operations Chief is responsible for the overall response readiness of all front line personnel. The Emergency Manager oversees all Office of Emergency Management (OEM) planning and operations of the EOC.


Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management is a division of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue that is directly responsible for planning and coordinating the evacuation and sheltering of all county residents in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. This agency is also responsible for planning, orchestrating and coordinating response actions and continuity of government in the aftermath of a major disaster. Preston Cook has been the Emergency Manager since 2011. The Hurricane Evacuation Assessment Tool has been created to assist residents of Hillsborough County by providing evacuation and sheltering information in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster. This interactive program was designed to assist the public in easily determining if they are in one of the five evacuation zones. It also provides information on shelters, hospitals, fire stations, and sandbag locations. The Office of Emergency Management also provides information to the public on: Hurricane information, procedures for hazardous-materials spills, and flooding, tornado, wildfire, and terrorism preparedness.


Transportation

(Interstate 275 (Florida), I-275) connects Pinellas to Manatee Counties. The middle span is in Hillsborough County.


Airports

The county's primary commercial aviation airport is Tampa International Airport in Tampa. Other important airports include the Tampa Executive Airport near Brandon, Peter O. Knight Airport near downtown Tampa, and the Plant City Airport near Plant City.


Major highways


Public surface transportation

Hillsborough County is served by Hillsborough Area Regional Transit buses.


Nationally protected areas

* Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge


Parks

* Alafia River Corridor Preserve * Alderman's Ford Regional Park * Balm-Boyette Scrub Nature Preserve * Bell Creek Nature Preserve * Blackwater Creek Preserve * Brandon Park & Recreation Center * Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve * Buckhorn Park * Cacciatore Park * Calusa Trace Park * Carolyn Meeker Dog Park * Carrollwood Meadows Park * Causeway Park * Chito Branch Reserve * Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve * Covington Oak Park * Cross Creek Park * Cypress Creek Nature Preserve * Davis Park * Dead River Conservation Park * Deerfield Park * Diamondback Nature Preserve * E.G. Simmons Conservation Park * E.L. Bing Park * Earl Simmons/Turkey Creek Park & Recreation Center * Edward Medard Park and Reservoir * Egypt Lake Recreation Center * Ekker Nature Preserve * Fawnridge Park * Fish Hawk Creek Preserve * Gardenville Park & Recreation Center * Glencliff Park * Golden Aster Scrub Nature Preserve * Hillsborough River State Park * Lake Rogers Park * Lettuce Lake Park * Lithia Springs Regional Park * Little Manatee River State Park * Lower Green Swamp Preserve * McKay Bay Nature Park * Schultz Preserve * Skyway Fishing Pier State Park * Upper Tampa Bay Park * Upper Tampa Bay Trail * Wolf Branch Nature Preserve


Communities

Image:Hillsborough County.jpg, 400px, County subdivisions in Hillsborough County. Incorporated cities in bold; unincorporated CDPs in small font.


Cities

Only three cities are incorporated in Hillsborough County: * Plant City, Florida, Plant City *
Tampa Tampa () is a major city that serves as the county seat of Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa is the largest city in the Tampa Bay area. With an estimated ...
* Temple Terrace, Florida, Temple Terrace


Census-designated places

Despite its large population, most of the area of the county is unincorporated area, unincorporated and falls under the jurisdiction of the Hillsborough County board of commissioners. * Apollo Beach, Florida, Apollo Beach * Balm, Florida, Balm * Bloomingdale, Florida, Bloomingdale * Boyette, Florida, Boyette (former, now part of Riverview CDP) * Brandon, Florida, Brandon * Carrollwood (CDP), Florida, Carrollwood * Cheval, Florida, Cheval * Citrus Park, Florida, Citrus Park * Dover, Florida, Dover * East Lake-Orient Park, Florida, East Lake-Orient Park * Egypt Lake-Leto, Florida, Egypt Lake-Leto * FishHawk, Florida, Fish Hawk * Gibsonton, Florida, Gibsonton * Keystone, Florida, Keystone * Lake Magdalene, Florida, Lake Magdalene * Lutz, Florida, Lutz * Mango, Florida, Mango * Northdale, Florida, Northdale * Odessa, Florida, Odessa * Palm River-Clair Mel, Florida, Palm River-Clair Mel * Pebble Creek, Florida, Pebble Creek * Progress Village, Florida, Progress Village * Riverview, Florida, Riverview * Ruskin, Florida, Ruskin * Seffner, Florida, Seffner * Sun City Center, Florida, Sun City Center * Thonotosassa, Florida, Thonotosassa * Town 'n' Country, Florida, Town 'n' Country * University, Hillsborough County, Florida, University * Valrico, Florida, Valrico * Westchase, Florida, Westchase * Wimauma, Florida, Wimauma


Unincorporated communities

* Adamsville, Hillsborough County, Florida, Adamsville * Alafia, Florida, Alafia * Antioch, Florida, Antioch * Bay Crest Park, Florida, Bay Crest Park * Clair-Mel City, Florida, Clair-Mel City * Del Rio, Florida, Del Rio * Durant, Florida, Durant * East Lake, Hillsborough County, Florida, East Lake * East Tampa, Florida, East Tampa * Egypt Lake, Florida, Egypt Lake * Fort Lonesome, Florida, Fort Lonesome * Gulf City, Florida, Gulf City * Hopewell, Hillsborough County, Florida, Hopewell * Keysville, Florida, Keysville * Knights, Florida, Knights * Lake Fern, Florida, Lake Fern * Leto, Florida, Leto * Limona, Florida, Limona * Lithia, Florida, Lithia * Nowatney, Florida, Nowatney * Orient Park, Florida, Orient Park * Palma Ceia * Palm River, Florida, Palm River * Picnic, Florida, Picnic * Pinecrest, Florida, Pinecrest * Port Sutton, Florida, Port Sutton * Rattlesnake (Tampa), Rattlesnake * Remlap, Florida, Remlap * Rocky Creek, Florida, Rocky Creek * Snows Corner, Florida, Snows Corner * Sulphur Springs (Tampa), Sulphur Springs * Sun City, Florida, Sun City * Sweetwater Creek, Florida, Sweetwater Creek * Sydney, Florida, Sydney * Trapnell, Florida, Trapnell * Turkey Creek, Florida, Turkey Creek


Historic towns

* Bullfrog Corner * Bone Valley * Branchton * Callsville * Chataocolea * Chicora * Clarkwild * Coronet * Cork (now Dover, not to be confused with two other places named Cork) * Cork (now Plant City) * Cosme * Dillon * Diston * Drew Park, absorbed by Tampa * East Cove * Edeson * Flora * Fort Brooke * Fort Foster * Fort Sullivan * Garden City * Gary * Gulf City * Harney * Hillsboro * Ichipucksassa, aka Ichepucksassa, Hitchipucksassa (now Plant City) * Idlewild Park * Jackson Springs * Keystone Park * Knights Station * Knowles * Lake Fern * Lighthall * Lillibridge, Florida, Lillibridge * Magdalene * Magnolia * Mangrove Point * Manhattan (absorbed by Tampa) * Marvinia * Midway * Mullins City * Nicholls * Oliphant * Orient * Peck * Pelot * Peru * Prairie * Riverhead * Rocky Point * Sparkman * Stemper * St Helena * Trapnell (absorbed by Plant City) * Welcome, Florida, Welcome * Weldon * Willow * Youmans


See also

* Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office * Hillsborough County Public Schools * National Register of Historic Places listings in Hillsborough County, Florida * USS Hillsborough County (LST-827), USS ''Hillsborough County'' (LST-827) * Upper Tampa Bay Park * List of schools in Hillsborough County, Florida * List of counties in Florida * List of tallest buildings in Tampa


References


External links

* {{authority control Hillsborough County, Florida, Charter counties in Florida Counties in the Tampa Bay Area 1834 establishments in Florida Territory Populated places established in 1834