Pasco County

Pasco County is a diverse community of various topographical and cultural areas. Pasco is unique! The blend of open spaces and modern conveniences of our many vibrant communities sets us apart from other areas in the Tampa Bay region. Pasco County strikes a great balance of residential, commercial and rural areas - which is the essence of our tagline, Open Spaces. Vibrant Places.

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Pasco County is a diverse community of various topographical and cultural areas. Pasco is unique!

The blend of open spaces and modern conveniences of our many vibrant communities sets us apart from other areas in the Tampa Bay region. Pasco County strikes a great balance of residential, commercial, and rural areas - which is the essence of our tagline, Open Spaces. Vibrant Places.

Pasco County is located just North of Tampa on the west central coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Pasco attracts people annually from all over Florida – and beyond. 

Incorporated in 1887, Pasco County came about when Hernando County was divided into three parts – creating Citrus County to the north and Pasco County to the south.  Pasco is named after Samuel Pasco, a U.S. Senator from Florida.

In recent decades, Pasco has seen tremendous growth, often called one of the fastest-growing counties in Florida and in the entire United States.  Known for its citrus industry, retirement communities, and enjoyable outdoor activities, Pasco attracts people annually from all over Florida – and beyond.

The 2020 census put the population in Pasco County at more than 560,000 residents.   The county seat is Dade City and Pasco’s largest city is New Port Richey.  Government duties are conducted in both cities.

The Board of County Commissioners is Pasco County’s governing body.  It consists of five members – a chair, vice chair and three commissioners.

 

Communities

Situated just north of Tampa Bay, Pasco has a mixture of open land, new Master Planned Developments like Starkey Ranch, Asturia, Bexley, Estancia, Watergrass, Epperson, Mirada, Angeline, and more. There are also many very attractive other options throughout the county. Whatever you are looking for, Pasco is diverse enough to likely have it. Talk to your Rocks Realty area specialist to help find the best fit for you.

 
Incorporated municipalities of Pasco County.
 
County map from https://www.census.gov

Unincorporated communities

 

BUSINESS

Located at the apex of the greater Tampa Bay metropolitan area, businesses of all sizes are taking notice of the tremendous benefits that come with locating in Pasco County including ready access to major interstate highways, rail lines, air transportation, and a deep sea port as well as a the diverse, skilled workforce that powers businesses throughout the region.  High-tech and aviation/aerospace companies are thriving and growing alongside manufacturers and business service providers, and local entrepreneurs are founding award-winning, cutting edge companies throughout the county.

Identical government centers are located in both central Pasco Dade City and western Pasco New Port Richey.

 

Western Pasco county borders the Gulf of Mexico and is home to tons of recreation. Pasco recently deemed itself the Sports Coast. 

 

TRANSPORTATION

Pasco County Public Transportation provides bus service throughout Pasco County.

 

Railroads

CSX operates three rail lines within the county. Dade City and Zephyrhills are served with a line from Plant City. Amtrak formerly provided passenger rail service to Dade City on that line, but the stop was terminated in late 2004. The other two lines include the Brooksville Subdivision which runs close to US 41 and the Vitis Subdivision, which runs southeast into Lakeland.

Notable abandoned railroad lines include a former branch of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad northwest of Trilacoochee (formerly Owensboro Junction) that became part of the Withlacoochee State Trail, a segment of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad branch stretching from Zephyrhills to Trilacoochee, the former Tampa and Thonotosassa Railroad along the east side of US 301 that spanned from Sulphur Springs to Zephyrhills, part of the Orange Belt Railway which became the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad which ran from St. Petersburg and entered the county in what is today Trinity to Trilby (abandoned during the early to mid-1970s), and a branch of the Seaboard Air Line that ran through HolidayElfers and into New Port Richey.

The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad until 1957 ran the Southland through Trilby and Tarpon Springs, en route to St. Petersburg. The train was unusual for providing passenger service direct from Chicago (via the Pennsylvania), Cincinnati and Atlanta on a direct route through the western part of the Florida peninsula, bypassing Jacksonville. The Seaboard Coast Line (a merged line from the Atlantic Coast Line and the Seaboard Coast Line) until 1971 ran a local train (the last passenger train for the region north of St. Petersburg and west of Dade City) through those towns from Jacksonville and Gainesville, bound for St. Petersburg. Prior to the 1967 merger for the SCL that service had been the western branch of the ACL's Champion from New York City. Until 1968 the SCL ran its Sunland from Washington, DC and Portsmouth, VA to Tampa.

The SAL Tarpon Springs branch line from Tarpon Junction 14 miles west of Tampa to Elfers and thence to Newport Richey to New Port Richey was lost its passenger service and became listed as freight only between 1932 and 1938.[28][29] The freight branch was truncated to Elfers in 1943. The tracks from Elfers and Chemical (an industrial area in the extreme southwest part of the county along the Anclote River west of Holiday) to Tarpon Springs were removed in the late 1980s, leaving the western half of the county without freight rail service.

 

Major roads

  • I-75.svg Interstate 75 runs north and south across the eastern part of the county. Once a major connecting point with Tampa, I-75 has been made obsolete for western residents of the county by the Suncoast Parkway.
  • Toll Florida 589.svg Suncoast Parkway enters the county in the south halfway between Gunn Highway and US 41, and ends in the far northern part of the county at County Line Road (Exit 37), The Suncoast Parkway is a recently constructed toll road that connects Pasco County with Hillsborough County, where it becomes the Veterans Expressway and heads directly into Tampa International Airport before reaching Interstate 275. SR 589 has four Pasco County exits: SR 54 (Exit 19), Ridge Road (Exit 25), SR 52 (Exit 27), and County Line Road (Exit 37).
  • US 19.svg U.S. Route 19 is a major commercial center running beside to the Gulf of Mexico on the western edge of the county, and used as a primary connecting route to cities down the west coast of Florida, including Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg to the south, as well as Spring Hill, Weeki Wachee, Homosassa and Crystal River to the north.
  • Alt plate.svg
    US 19.svg Alternate 19 is a former section of US 19 that runs closer to the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas and southern Pasco County than US 19.
  • US 41.svg U.S. Route 41 (Land o' Lakes Boulevard) is the main south-to-north U.S. Highway through Central Pasco County. It enters the county from Lutz in Hillsborough County and serves as a commercial strip through most of Land o' Lakes. Further north the road becomes more rural, passing through Gowers Corner, and eventually enters Masaryktown at the Hernando County Line.
  • US 98.svg U.S. Route 98 runs northwest and southeast from Hernando County to Polk County. Concurrent with US 301 between Trilacoochee and Clinton Heights.
  • US 301.svg U.S. Route 301 (Fort King Highway/Gall Boulevard) is the main south-to-north U.S. highway in eastern Pasco County. It enters the county from Hillsborough River State Park in Hillsborough County and becomes the main road in Zephyrhills, Clinton Heights, and Dade City. North of Dade City, the road runs through Trilacoochee and Trilby before it enters Ridge Manor in Hernando County at a bridge over the Withlacoochee River.
  • Florida 39.svg State Road 39 runs northwest and southeast from Plant City into US 301 in Zephyrhills
  • Florida 41.svg Pasco County 41.svg County Road 41 (Fort King Highway/17th Street/21st Street/Blanton Road) begins as a hidden state road along US 301 until it branches off to the northwest as a county road in Zephyrhills and runs parallel to US 301 until it reaches Dade City. From here it moves further to the west through Blanton and Jessamine, and after crossing over I-75 curves back north into rural Hernando County where it becomes CR 541.
  • Pasco County 578.svg County Line Road (CR 578) is a major county road running entirely along the border with Hernando County beginning at US 19, intersects the Suncoast Parkway, and ends at US 41. Due to increased congestion, it is planned to be upgraded from two to four lanes, and possibly upgraded from a county road to a state road.
  • Florida 52.svg State Road 52 (Colonel Schrader Memorial Highway) an east–west route that runs primarily through the center of the county from US 19 in Bayonet Point to US 98–301 in Dade City.
  • Florida 54.svg State Road 54 (Gunn Highway/Fifth Avenue) another east–west road that runs through southern Pasco County, from US 19 near Holiday to US 301 in Zephyrhills.
  • Florida 56.svg State Road 56 is an east–west route that extends from SR 54 near Land o' Lakes, to just east of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and the new campus of Pasco–Hernando State College in Wesley Chapel. The road was constructed in 2002, and is planned, as of 2016, to be extended to US 301 south of Zephyrhills.
  • Florida 575.svg State Road 575 the northernmost state road in Pasco County.
  • Florida 581.svg Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
  • Pasco County 77.svg Rowan Road/East Lake Road (CR 77)
  • Florida 597.svg Dale Mabry Highway
  • Pasco County 587.svg Moon Lake Road/Decubellis Road/Massachusetts Avenue (CR 587) (N)
  • Pasco County 587.svg Gunn Highway (CR 587) (S) is a short north and south extension of Gunn Highway(SR 54) that runs through Northern Hillsborough County towards Dale Mabry Highway and Busch Boulevard.
  • Pasco County 1.svg Little Road (CR 1) is a major four to six-lane county road in western Pasco County bypassing US 19 between southeast of Aripeka and Trinity.
  • Pasco County 996.svg Trinity Boulevard (CR 996)

 

Education

Public schools in the county are operated by Pasco County Schools.

High schools

 

Middle schools

  • Bayonet Point Middle School - New Port Richey
  • Centennial Middle School - Dade City
  • Charles S. Rushe Middle School - Land o' Lakes
  • Chasco Middle School - Port Richey
  • Crews Lake Middle School - Spring Hill
  • Cypress Creek Middle School - Wesley Chapel
  • Dr. John Long Middle School - Wesley Chapel
  • Gulf Middle School - New Port Richey
  • Hudson Middle School - Hudson
  • Innovation Preparatory Academy (InPrep) K-8
  • Pasco eSchool
  • Pasco Middle School - Dade City
  • Paul R. Smith Middle School - Holiday
  • Pine View Middle School - Land o' Lakes
  • River Ridge Middle School - New Port Richey
  • Raymond B. Stewart Middle School - Zephyrhills
  • Seven Springs Middle School - New Port Richey
  • Starkey Ranch K-8 - Odessa
  • Thomas E. Weightman Middle School - Wesley Chapel

Elementary schools

  • Anclote Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • Bexley Elementary School - Land o' Lakes
  • C. W. Taylor Elementary School - Zephyrhills
  • Calusa Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • Centennial Elementary School - Dade City
  • Chasco Elementary School - Port Richey
  • Connerton Elementary School - Land o' Lakes
  • Cotee River Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • Cypress Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • Deer Park Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • Denham Oaks Elementary School - Lutz
  • Double Branch Elementary School - Wesley Chapel
  • Fox Hollow Elementary School - Port Richey
  • Gulf Highlands Elementary School - Port Richey
  • Gulf Trace Elementary School - Holiday
  • Gulfside Elementary School - Holiday
  • Hudson Elementary School - Hudson
  • Innovation Preparatory Academy (InPrep) K-8
  • J. M. Marlowe Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • Lacoochee Elementary School - Dade City
  • Lake Myrtle Elementary School - Land o' Lakes
  • Longleaf Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • M. P. Locke Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • Mary Giella Elementary School - Shady Hills
  • Moon Lake Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • New River Elementary School - Wesley Chapel
  • Northwest Elementary School - Hudson
  • Oakstead Elementary School - Land o' Lakes
  • Odessa Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • Pasco Elementary School - Dade City
  • Pine View Elementary School - Land o' Lakes
  • Quail Hollow Elementary School - Wesley Chapel
  • R. B. Cox Elementary School - Dade City
  • Richey Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • San Antonio Elementary School - Dade City
  • Sand Pine Elementary School - Wesley Chapel
  • Sanders Memorial Elementary School - Land o' Lakes
  • Schrader Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • Seven Oaks Elementary School - Wesley Chapel
  • Seven Springs Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • Shady Hills Elementary School - Spring Hill
  • Sunray Elementary School - Holiday
  • Starkey Ranch K-8 - Odessa
  • Trinity Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • Trinity Oaks Elementary School - New Port Richey
  • Veterans Elementary School - Wesley Chapel
  • Watergrass Elementary School - Wesley Chapel
  • Wesley Chapel Elementary School - Wesley Chapel
  • West Zephyrhills Elementary School - Zephyrhills
  • Wiregrass Elementary School - Wesley Chapel
  • Woodland Elementary School - Zephyrhills

Special education centers

Private schools

Colleges and universities

 

Libraries

 

Pasco County Library Cooperative

The Pasco County Library Cooperative (PCLC) is the public library system that serves residents of Pasco County. It consists of seven branch libraries and one cooperative partner, the Zephyrhills Public Library. The Pasco County Libraries operated on a budget of $6,205,291 for fiscal year 2016–2017. Pasco Libraries circulated 2,623,024 items during that period. The head of library services reports to the Assistant County Administrator for Public Services.

 
Pasco County Library Cooperative Libraries
  • Centennial Park Branch Library
  • Hudson Library
  • Hugh Embry Branch Library
  • Land o' Lakes Branch Library
  • New River Branch Library
  • Regency Park Branch Library
  • South Holiday Branch Library
  • Starkey Ranch Public Library and Cultural Center
  • Zephyrhills Public Library

 

New Port Richey Public Library

The New Port Richey Public Library is located in the New Port Richey area of Pasco County. It is the only public library in Pasco County that is not a part of the Pasco County Library Cooperative. Since the library is independent, it issues its own library cards. Cards are free for all Pasco County residents and for those who pay property taxes to the city of New Port Richey. Members of libraries that have reciprocal borrowing agreements with the NPR library are also issued free cards. 

 

Parks and Recreation

Recreational areas include Hudson Beach, The New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center, Odessa Community ParkMoon Lake ParkLand o' Lakes Heritage ParkLand o' Lakes Recreation Complex, Robert K Rees Memorial Park, Veterans Memorial Park, J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex, the Jay Starkey PreserveWerner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, a section of the Suncoast Trail, a section of the Withlacoochee State TrailConner PreserveCypress Creek PreserveWithlacoochee River Park, and Crews Lake Wilderness Park. Kayaking, canoeing, sailing, power boating, jet skiing, and fishing are popular along the coast, and large tracts are preserved from development.

Environmental lands acquired for preservation include Aripeka Sandhills PreserveBoy Scout PreserveCypress Creek Preserve, Pasco CountyJumping Gully PreservePasco Palms PreserveTierra Del Sol Preserve and Upper Pithlachascotee River Preserve.

 

RESOURCES

https://www.pascocountyfl.net/

https://pascoedc.com/

https://pascopa.com/

https://www.pascoclerk.com/

https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasco_County,_Florida

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