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The City of Plant City is geographically located in the middle of the west coast of Florida, approximately 25 miles east of Tampa, immediately west of Lakeland, and 70 miles west of Orlando. Plant City is located in northeast Hillsborough County, which is the fourth largest county in Florida. The City limits comprise nearly 28 square miles, and include 33,500 residents as of the latest population estimate. The City has adopted the theme of "Embracing the Future, While Preserving the Past" as it captures the residents desire to adapt and plan for expected growth, while protecting the enduring assets and hometown charm of Plant City.
Plant City has a long and rich history back to the mid-1800s, having been built on the site of a Native American village. Originally the community was called Ichepucksassa for the name of the village where it rose. The name was so difficult to pronounce that the postmaster of the town changed it to Cork, which had been his home town, in about 1864. While many people think that the town was renamed for the plant life, such as the strawberries and citrus groves that it is famed for, in reality it was not. In actuality it was named for a quite prominent railroad developer, Henry B. Plant who in 1884 extended the South Florida Railroad into the town allowing the town to become incorporated. Plant city was a large center of cotton, but after the Civil War era, the primary crop of the area became strawberries. Henry Plants railway helped to get all of the local fruits to market while they were still viable, thus the honor of the town being named after him.
Plant City is a thriving community in central Florida that is rich in history and natural resources. Best known as the "Winter Strawberry Capital of the World," Plant City´s main source of pride, national recognition and contribution to its continually flourishing economy are its strawberry crops. Almost all of the winter berries in the country are grown here on over 7,000 acres that envelop the town.
Real estate options consist of single-family homes, condominiums and townhouses as well as vacant land lots. A warm year-round climate compliments the lovely landscape, which is largely made up of fertile farmland, citrus groves and strawberry fields. Old growth oak trees shade the cool, quiet residential streets. Lush parks offer walking and biking trails. Downtown streets are paved with brick and structures from as far back as the town has existed still stand proud, housing locally-owned shops and businesses. Plant City is a family-friendly community with a proud history and a promising future.