Profile

County Established: June 2, 1887

Land Area In Square Miles: 745Population
Population Density per sq. mi. 416.02
County Population:

1980 193,643
1990 281,131
1996 309,936

Population Projections

2000 332,100
2005 358,800
2010 384,900

Population Age and Sex Breakdown 1996:

0-17 55,440
18-24 19,610
25-44 67,745
45-64 66,635
65+ 100,506
47.2% Male 52.8% Female

Incorporated Municipalities
Population 1996:

New Port Richey 14,555
Zephyrhills 8,867
Dade City 5,963
Port Richey 2,626
San Antonio 831
Saint Leo 690

Population of Surrounding Counties
(Hernando, Polk, Sumter, Pinellas, Hillsborough)
2,405,469

Employment
Labor Force 1996:

Civian 121,282
Unemployment Rate 4.9%
Labor Force of Surrounding Counties 1,188,219

Unemployment Rates

Hernando 4.5%
Hillsborough 3.8%
Pinellas 3.7%
Polk 6.6%
Sumtner 4.5%
FLORIDA 5.1%
NATIONAL 5.4%

Non-farm Employment by Industry 1995:

Agricultural Services 2,337
Mining 69
Wholesale & Retail Trade 22,563
Transportation, Public Utilities 3,380
Manufacturing 4,404
Construction 6,506
Fin., Ins. Real Estate 5,645
Services 28,017
Government 11,583
Total 84, 504

Major Employers

Employer # of Employees
County School District 5,600
County Government 1,507
Lykes Pasco, Inc. 1,350
Publix Supermarkets, Inc. 1,313
Winn-Dixie Supermarkets, Inc. 1,300
St. of FL Govt. 1,276
Columbia New Port Richey Hospital 1,200
Coluymbia Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point 1,200
East Pasco Medical Ctr. 1,106
Wal-Mart Stores 945

Major Manufacturers

Manufacturer # of Employees
Lykes Pasco, Dade City
Frozen Foods/Citrus 1,350
Pall Aeropower, New Port Richey
Pilters 400
Pasco Times, Port Richey
Newspaper Publishing 228
Zephyrhills Egg Comp., Zephryhills
Eggs 180
Couch Construction, Wesley Chapel
Asphalt/Paving 150
Keys Concrete Industries, Odessa
Concrete Blocks/ Products 104
Zephyrhills Bottled Water, Zephyrhills
Bottled Water 100
Sunbelt Publishing, New Port Richey
Newspaper Publishing 100
Lykes Dispenser, Dade City
Dispensing Machines 91
Copeland Steel, Zephyrhills
Steel 90
Selected Economic Indicators
Per Capita Personal Income 1994: $16,902Per Capita Personal Income of Surrounding Counties:

Hernando $16,303
Hillsborough $20,058
Pinellas $24,696
Polk $17,523
Sumter $13,838
FLORIDA $21,767
NATIONAL $21,767

Taxable Sales 1995: $1,993,578,000

Permit Building Activity 1995:
Residential Permits: 2053
Non-residential Value: $52,571,000

State Taxes
Retail Sales Tax: 7.0%
Gasoline Tax : $0.125 per gal.

Financial Institutions

1995 # # of Offices
FDIC Insured Banks 12 87
S & Ls 8 10

Total Deposits
Banks: $3,372,719,000
S & Ls: $647,024,000

Utilities
Electric Suppliers:

Florida Power Corp. Sumter Electric Coop.
Tampa Electric Comp. Withlacoochee River

Natural Gas:

Clearwater Gas Sys. Peoples Gas Sys.

Water Suppliers:
* City of New Port Richey
* City of Zephyrhills
* Dade City Utilities
* Pasco County Utilities

Water Management District: Southwest Florida

Sanitation:

Storm Sewer yes
Sanitary Sewer yes
Sewage Treatment Type tertiary
Solid Waste Disposal Resource Recovery

Telephone:

Verizon

Cable TV:

Bright House Networks

Aviation:
General Aviation Airports in the County:
* Pilot County Airport
*Tampa Bay Executive Airport
* Zephyrhills Municipal Airport

Major Commercial Airport:
Tampa International Airport
Avg. number of daily flights: 289
Number of airlines: 27

Rail Passenger Service:
AMTRAK: Dade City

Education:

K-12 Grade (1994-95)
Schools Enrollment
Public 52 38,961
Private 23 1,659
Home Study 232

Public Schools:
Number of Students Per Teachers

Elementary 23.56
Secondary 18.68

High School graduates continuing education: 72%

State High School Competency Test
(Oct. 1996) 11th Graders Passing

Math 88%
Communications 89%

Hospitals
* Columbia Dade City Hospital
* Columbia New Port Richey Hospital
* Columbia Regional Medical Center Bayonet Pt.
* East Pasco Medical Center
* North Bay Medical Center
Total Number of Beds (1995): 1,032

Number of (1995):

Nursing Homes 16
Physicians 403
Dentists 80
Assisted Living Facilities 38