The Hispanic population in Citrus increased by nearly 85 percent to 3,141 between 1990 and 2000. That's 2.6 percent of the county's total, the census shows.
By JIM ROSS
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 28, 2001
Citrus County's population increased 26 percent between the 1990 and 2000 census readings, according to preliminary figures the government released Tuesday.
Citrus was home to 118,085 people in 2000, compared with 93,515 people in 1990, the figures showed.
The population readings were not unexpected: The University of Florida has issued similar projections in the past.
But the government's information, albeit in preliminary form, provides much more specific detail.
For example, the number of Hispanic residents increased almost 85 percent -- from 1,702 to 3,141 -- between 1990 and 2000. That's 2.6 percent of the county's total. That mirrored a trend seen statewide, where the Hispanic population increased 70.4 percent. Hispanics have passed blacks to become Florida's largest minority group, the figures show.
The state's Hispanic population grew more than twice as fast as the black population in the last decade, according to the census.
Throughout Florida, the black population increased 27.4 percent. In Citrus, the black population increased 33.8 percent, from 2,170 in 1990 to 2,904 in 2000.
White population in Citrus increased 23 percent, from 88,963 to 109,828.
Overall, Florida's population increased 23.5 percent from 12.9-million to 15.9-million during the 1990s.
Some parts of Citrus experienced more growth than others. The Central Ridge, not surprisingly, was among the growth leaders.
The tract that covers Pine Ridge and Lecanto, for example, increased in population by 59 percent. The tract that includes Citrus Springs increased 37 percent in population, and the Beverly Hills region was up 32 percent, the figures showed.
The area east of Inverness, meanwhile, increased in population only about 5.8 percent during the 1990s, the figures showed.
Counties neighboring Citrus showed similar strong growth in the census. Hernando County now has 130,802 residents, up from 101,115 in 1990. Marion County's population grew to 258,916 from 194,833, Sumter County is at 53,345, up from 31,577, and Levy County rose to 34,450 from 25,923.
The government conducts a census every 10 years to determine which areas have grown and by how much. The information showed that Florida remains the fourth most-populous state behind California, Texas and New York.
Because of the new population figures, Florida will receive two additional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, bringing its delegation to 25.
- This story includes information from Times files and wires.