Aptly referred to as Mother Natures Theme Park. Citrus County is a lifestyle. Its golf, its tennis its a fresh water river adventure. Fishing, boating and diving. Bowling, hiking or biking. Enough activities to keep you busy. On top of all that, it is affordable to live here with NO state taxes.
Located at the center of Florida’s Nature Coast, 70 miles North of Tampa and 60 miles North West of Orlando, Citrus County rises from the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the west to the rolling pastures where thoroughbred horses graze in the county’s central region, and falls again in the East to the streams, lakes, and thick forest of the Withlacoochee region. On the northern and eastern borders, the Withlacoochee River presents 45 miles of river front beauty and recreational opportunity. Northeast of Inverness the Withlacoochee helps refresh the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes, a 23,000 acre bass-rich playground for fishermen and a wetland home for a dozen species of bird considered rare elsewhere in America.
Crystal Clear Spring Fed Rivers
Along the West side of the county are a string of natural springs that give birth to crystal clear rivers that feed into the Gulf of Mexico. This crystal clear water makes Citrus County one of the top dive destination in the world. These rivers include the Homosassa, the Chassahowitzka, and the Crystal.
Flowing at a constant temperature of 72 degrees, these spring-spawned rivers provide the endangered West Indian Manatee, America’s largest fresh water mammal, with its favored winter home. The people of Citrus County take pride in assisting state and federal efforts to protect this American cousin of the elephant. Large herds of manatees are seen from December through March.
Some of the best fishing in Florida
That is what we hear from anglers familiar with the waters of Crystal River, Homosassa and Inverness. You can bring your lightest-weight fly rod, your favorite bass rod, your deep-sea rig or your crappie stick. Because no matter what kind of fishing you prefer, you’ll find success somewhere in Citrus County.
Sport fisherman can tackle a wide variety of species in the area’s rivers, lakes, grassy flats and the Gulf of Mexico. Massive redfish, trout, tarpon, cobia, grouper and other species all await in these waters. The Tsala Apopka lake chain in the Inverness and Lake Rousseau on the northern edge of the county boasts some of the very best largemouth bass fishing you’ll find anywhere. And not all the fishing requires a pole: A bountiful scalloping season runs from July to September.
World Class Golfing
Wherever you are in Citrus County, you are only a short drive from a wide variety of courses ideal for every taste, skill level and budget. The area boasts a number of highly rated public courses, plus semiprivate courses that welcome guests and a many respected private courses and clubs.
Our golf courses are renowned for the quality of the grounds and the wealth of natural scenery and wildlife that can be observed while playing. Come explore Citrus County one spectacular hole at a time!
Mother Nature made Citrus County a natural when it comes to equestrian activities. Many Citrus County residents own horses, and you will see riders alongside most of the secondary highways and roads. More formal riding can be enjoyed along many of the equestrian trails.
Citrus County Weather
Few counties in Florida enjoy a more enjoyable year-round climate than Citrus. Summer days average in the high 80s and low 90s, moderated by constant breezes from the lakes and the Gulf of Mexico; while winter highs average in the mid 70s, encouraging year round outdoor activities. Rainfall averages 45 to 52 inches, most of it falling during the summer months.
Demographics / Stats
- County Population: 141,058
- County Houses: 63,304
- Land area: 583.8 sq. mi.
- Water area: 189.3 sq. mi.
- Median age: 54 years
- Males: 48%, Females: 52%
- Average household income: $51,232
- White Non-Hispanic (92%)
- Hispanic (5%)
- Black (3%)