Hillsborough County Florida

Quick Facts – People

  • Population (’08 est.) – 1,180,784
  • Mean travel time to work (’00) – 25.8 min
  • Housing units (’08) – 522,057
  • Homeownership rate (’00) – 64.1%

Quick Facts – Geography

  • Land area (’00) – 1,050.91 sq. mi.
  • Persons per square mile (’00) – 950.5
  • Metropolitan Area – Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area

About Hillsborough County

Even though only a very small portion of Hillsborough County makes contact with the Gulf of Mexico 215 square miles of the county’s total 1,266 square miles is water. This makes for some interesting and exciting things to consider when looking to own a Hillsborough County home. Completely ensconced in natural landscape, the county is home to the Alafia River and Hillsborough River State Parks, and attractions like Busch Gardens and The Florida Aquarium. Its county seat is Tampa Bay, home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hillsborough County homes are currently housing over 1.1 million citizens of the State of Florida, making it the fourth most populous county in the state, which is why it has the 8th largest educational system in the entire country. Here you will find 42 middle schools, 25 high schools (12 of which were rated by Newsweek as some of “America’s Best High Schools”), 73 alternative schooling facilities and others which combine for 206 schools total. Serving the homes in Hillsborough County are varied transportation means, including Tampa International Airport and the Tampa Executive Airport.

With a low unemployment rate, Hillsborough County is home to a range of employment opportunities with most jobs being found in the school district and military by way of MacDill Air Force Base. Other employers at the top of the list are Verizon Communications, Tampa International Airport, and Hillsborough County Government.

Since Hillsborough County homes are not completely landlocked, due to the small sliver of the county extending to the Gulf of Mexico, its citizens can enjoy the same lifestyles and activities as its sister counties of Pasco and Polk. But, within the lines of Hillsborough County is its own State Park where citizens can enjoy kayaking, camping, and picnicking.


Named for the Earl of Hillsborough, Wills Hill, the one-time Secretary of State for the original British Colonies, the county was once part of Alachua and Monroe counties. It took its own form in January 1834. Though, at this point it also included land that would later become Pinellas, Manatee, Polk, and a few others.

In the mid 1840s Commissioners of the county began developing roadways, bridges and ferries. These endeavors were often done haphazardly with roads being constructed by merely destroying trees between two points.

Through the Third Seminole War, which started in 1855, the county was virtually free of warfare. However, in the late 1830s, the Second Seminole War saw a decisive battle at Fort Collins.

Hillsborough County Encompasses

Apollo Beach
Balm & Wimauma
Citrus Park
East Hillsborough
East Lake & Orient Park
Knights and Antioch
New Tampa
Plant City
South Tampa
Sun City Center
Town N Country
USF & Temple Terrace
Ybor City & Palm River