Citrus County is one of Florida's fastest growing counties. In 2005, the population was 134,370, with a projection of 161,108 by the year 2015.
The main office for the Brannen Banks is located in historic Inverness, which is the County Seat. Other banking locations are in Crystal River, Beverly Hills, and Homosassa Springs, site of the Homosassa River which gushes forth over six million gallons of fresh, spring-fed water every day.
Citrus County is a fisherman's paradise. The Gulf of Mexico provides challenging tarpon fishing while the county's seven rivers and its 22-mile chain of lakes offer a wealth of boating, swimming and fishing opportunities. For divers and snorkelers, the area is a prime destination due to its spring-fed waters and huge underwater caverns. It is also noted for manatees, those blubbery, lovable, mammals that grow up to 15 feet in length and are so friendly they'll nudge you gently for attention. In the U.S., manatees are found only in Florida with the greatest concentration inhabiting Citrus County waters during the winter months.
Golfers love Citrus County, too, because of the nine challenging public courses and five breath-taking private courses, including Black Diamond Ranch, voted one of Florida's finest courses.
For all of these reasons and many more, it's no wonder that so many people continue to choose to live in Citrus County.
The Citrus County School System includes three high schools, four middle schools, ten primary schools, and one special education center. The enrollment for the 2006-07 school years was 15,892 students. Higher education is available through Withlacoochee Technical Institute in Inverness and the College of Central Florida (CF), a large satellite campus located near the Lecanto School Complex on CR 491 in Citrus County. Additionally, Citrus County is less than 90 minutes from the University of Florida in Gainesville, the University of South Florida in Tampa, and St. Leo College in St. Leo.
Transportation to and from Citrus County is efficient, by road or air. The county is traversed in a north/south direction by U.S. 19 and U.S. 41. Other major routes include State Road 44 and County Road 486, which are major east/west arteries. Additionally, Lecanto Highway (C.R. 491) and C.R. 495 traverse the county in a north/south direction. Interstate 75 and the Florida Turnpike are located only 12 miles east of Inverness. Recently opened, the Suncoast Parkway (toll) provides a fast, scenic ride into Tampa and to the Tampa International Airport. Two county-owned airports, located in Inverness and Crystal River, provide access for light aircraft.
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