Citrus Springs, Florida

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Citrus Springs
The gateway to Citrus Springs on the west side of US 41
The gateway to Citrus Springs on the west side of US 41
Location in Citrus County and the state of Florida
Location in Citrus County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°59′37″N 82°27′42″W / 28.99361°N 82.46167°W / 28.99361; -82.46167Coordinates: 28°59′37″N 82°27′42″W / 28.99361°N 82.46167°W / 28.99361; -82.46167
Country United States
State Florida
County Citrus
 • Total21.15 sq mi (54.77 km2)
 • Land21.15 sq mi (54.77 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
95 ft (29 m)
 • Total10,246
 • Density484.54/sq mi (187.08/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code352
FIPS code12-12450[2]
GNIS feature ID0304634[3]

Citrus Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in Citrus County, Florida, United States. The population was 8,622 as of the 2010 census,[4] up from 4,157 in 2000.


Citrus Springs is located in northern Citrus County at 28°59′37″N 82°27′42″W / 28.99361°N 82.46167°W / 28.99361; -82.46167 (28.993539, -82.461692).[5] It is bordered by Pine Ridge to the south and Hernando to the east. U.S. Route 41 (North Florida Avenue) runs through the CDP, leading southeast 15 miles (24 km) to Inverness, the Citrus County seat, and north 3 miles (5 km) to Dunnellon in Marion County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Citrus Springs has a total area of 21.2 square miles (54.8 km2); all land.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,157 people, 1,834 households, and 1,333 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 195.4 inhabitants per square mile (75.4/km2). There were 2,003 housing units at an average density of 94.2 per square mile (36.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.70% White, 2.24% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.37% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.46% of the population.

There were 1,834 households, out of which 20.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.61.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 18.0% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 18.6% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 36.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $29,758, and the median income for a family was $35,000. Males had a median income of $27,143 versus $18,686 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,845. About 5.0% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.


Citrus Springs was developed by the Mackle Brothers, prominent Florida real estate developers working under The Deltona Corporation to be used as a subdivision consisting of over 34,000 homesites. (Elkcam Boulevard, a prominent street in Citrus Springs, is "Mackle" spelled backwards.) The area currently has two elementary schools (Citrus Springs Elementary School and Central Ridge Elementary School, opened fall 2008) and one middle school (Citrus Springs Middle School). There are plans for an 80-acre (320,000 m2) high school campus complete with public park, but construction is not planned in the near future.[7]

Phosphate mining played a major part in the history of Citrus County until the end of World War II, when phosphate mining largely moved overseas. The first newspaper of Citrus County was called the Phosphate Times. Many abandoned mines exist in the Withlacoochee River basin, with a concentration of those within Citrus Springs. Some of those areas can be seen at one of Citrus Springs' two golf courses, El Diablo. Many of those mines were part of the Dunnellon Phosphate company, headed by Capt John L. Inglis, a veteran of the Civil War. Areas in northeastern Citrus Springs were part of a proposed but unbuilt portion of the Cross Florida Barge Canal to aid the transportation of the mineral.[citation needed]

The Withlacoochee State Trail, a 46-mile (74 km) bike riding trail which was converted from the railroad lines built in the early 1900s, runs through Citrus Springs, in places parallel to US 41.[8]


The CDP is served by Citrus County Schools.[9] Residents are divided between Citrus Springs Elementary and Central Ridge Elementary.[10] All residents are zoned to Citrus Springs Middle School.[11] Portions of the CDP are zoned to Citrus High School, Crystal River High School, and Lecanto High School.[12]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Citrus Springs CDP, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Archived 2009-02-27 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Withlacoochee State Trail". Florida State Parks Guide. Absolutely Florida!. Retrieved 4 November 2022.
  9. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Citrus Springs CDP, FL." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 3, 2017. See map pages. Compare this map to the attendance boundary maps of the school district.
  10. ^ "Citrus County Elementary School Attendance Boundaries Archived 2015-02-26 at the Wayback Machine." Citrus County Schools. Retrieved on February 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "Citrus County Middle School Attendance Boundaries Archived 2015-02-26 at the Wayback Machine." Citrus County Schools. Retrieved on February 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Citrus County High School Attendance Boundaries Archived 2015-02-26 at the Wayback Machine." Citrus County Schools. Retrieved on February 2, 2017.

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