Located midway along the west coast of Florida, Hillsborough County has 1,048 square miles of land and 24 square miles of inland water area for a total of 1,072 square mile of real estate. The unincorporated area encompasses 909 square miles, or more than 84 percent of the total county area.
Hillsborough County, which takes its name from the British Colonial Secretary of 1772, was first mapped and explored by the Spanish in the early 16th century. Between 1559 and 1819, the area now called Florida was under the rule of four nations: Spain, France, Great Britain and, finally, the United States The United States purchased Florida from Spain in 1821 for $5 million. Today Hillsborough County is the largest county with homes for sale in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan area and the fourth most populous in Florida.
There’s a sunny side to this West Coast County that makes this a true hot spot among the world’s destinations. Naturally there’s lots of water and sunshine. But you’ll also discover an area that’s full of rich arts, professional sports, sights to see and things to do you won’t find anywhere else. A single day's itinerary might include breakfast at a waterside cafe, a visit to Busch Gardens Africa, The Florida Aquarium, a streetcar ride to Channelside for shopping, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, or Lightning game, topped off with a stay in one of the county's luxury hotels or resorts. Then on to historic Ybor City where the Cuban sandwiches are hot and crisp, the cigars are hand-rolled, and the colorful streets are lined with fun.
In addition you may enjoy the white, sugar sand beaches, sport fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, and join the party in January as rowdy swashbucklers invade Tampa Bay for the Annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival. To learn more about Hillsborough County homes for sale or available homes for rent, contact us today. [www.visittampabay.com]
Hillsborough County Public Schools operates 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, 2 K-8 schools, 25 high schools and 4 career centers; 73 additional schools including charter, ESE, etc.). Twelve out of Hillsborough County's 25 high schools are ranked in Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools. Find more information about Hillsborough County Schools.
Hillsborough County is located west of Pasco County, and Pinellas County. Hillsborough County cities include: Apollo Beach, Bloomingdale, Brandon, Carrollwood Village, Dover, Gibsonton, Lithia, Lutz, Mango, Orient Park, Plant City, Riverview, Ruskin, Seffner, Sun City Center, Tampa (County Seat), Temple Terrace, Thonotosassa, Valrico, Wimauma, Ybor City.