Citrus County Is located in Florida. At the time of the 2010 census Citrus County had a population of approximately 14,236 residents. The largest community in Citrus County is Homosassa Springs and the county seat is Inverness. The area of Citrus County has been inhabited for 10,000 years. It was settled about 2,500 years ago by Native Americans who were mound builders. They built the complex known today as Crystal River Archaeological Site. The site was occupied for about two thousand years, and it’s uncertain when the complex was abandoned. Created in 1887 Citrus County was formerly part of Hernando County and was named for the county's citrus groves. Citrus production declined dramatically after “the big freeze” of 1894-1895. Most of the citrus grown in the county today is grown in one grove, Bellamy Grove, although some residents have citrus trees on their personal property.
Citrus County has a total area of 773 square miles of which 582 square miles is land and 192 square miles is water. There are some sparsely inhabited coastal islands in the county which are accessible only by watercraft. Some of the islands in Citrus County are state lands and are available for public use while other islands are privately held property. Nationally protected areas in the county are Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge and Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. As many as 400 manatees inhabit the waters around Citrus County at any given time, although they mainly reside in the area during the coldest months of the year. Manatees are counted using aerial surveys, but they can also be viewed at an underwater observatory at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Many of the manatees at the park have been injured and have undergone rehabilitation in hopes of being able to release them back into the wild at some future date. Many residents in the area are employed in the healthcare industry. Tampa and Orlando are nearby offering exceptional work opportunities. Major employers include the University of Florida, the hospital in Gainesville, and the horse-breeding ranches of Ocala. Cooling breezes blow in from the Gulf of Mexico making the climate of Citrus County delightful. The geography of the county is rolling hills, beautiful forest, stunning lakes, and beautiful rivers. Pristine beaches can be found at Fort Island Gulf Beach. Good schools, great amenities, and a low crime rate all make Citrus County and attractive place to reside and work.
Single-family homes make up the majority of real estate available in residential areas. Some of the favoured communities for new homes are Crystal River, Inverness, and Sunny Hills. Additions within those communities with new construction are Pine Ridge Estates, Heritage, Sugarmill Woods, Citrus Hills, and Citrus Springs. New homes start at $400,000 for a 4-bedroom/3-bathroom house with approximately 3,000 square feet and prices go up to $1,400,000 for a 5-bedroom/5-bathroom home with almost 5,000 square feet. New condominiums are less comment than single family homes. Currently a new 3-bedroom/3-bathroom condo list for to approximately $299,900.
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