Pasco County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. Its 2010 population was 464,697. Pasco, together with Hernando, Hillsborough, and Pinellas counties comprise the Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, and along with various combinations of Manatee and Sarasota counties further south, Citrus County to the north, and Polk County to the east is often referred to as the Tampa Bay Area. As of 2005, Pasco was the 38th fastest growing county in the country.
The Community of Wesley Chapel is situated entirely within Pasco County, Florida.
Pasco County was created in 1887 from the southern part of Hernando County. It was named for Samuel Pasco, who served in the Confederate Army, the state legislature and in the United States Senate from 1887 to 1899. The earliest towns were Anclote, Blanton, Dade City, Earnestville, Fort Dade, Macon (Trilby), Lacoochee and San Antonio. Citrus was an important industry when the county was formed, although a decline followed a freeze in 1895. Several large sawmills operated in the county in the early part of the twentieth century. During the Florida land boom of the 1920s, New Port Richey became the winter home of silent screen star Thomas Meighan and golfer Gene Sarazen; Meighan attempted to bring other Hollywood figures to the city. The county has experienced significant population growth since the 1960s. The growth began along the Gulf coast but is now occurring most rapidly in areas north of Tampa.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico in the Tampa Bay area, Pasco is part of a nine-county region referred to as the “Nature Coast.” Pasco County has a total of 742 square miles with more than 100 square miles of managed recreational facilities, including parks, four artificial reefs (one made up of surplus military tanks), more than 25 golf courses, and three State-designated canoe trails. The possibilities to enjoy the outdoors and nature are unlimited.
Pasco County’s Elected Officials:
As the elected representatives for the citizens of Pasco County, we welcome you to the newly-redesigned Pasco County website. We hope you find it informative and helpful as you do business with the County. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible service whether you are a resident, visitor, business or County employee.
The Board of County Commissioners is the legislative and policy-making body of County government. The five members of the Board are elected Countywide from all districts. View the District Map. The Board appoints the County Administrator and the County Attorney and confirms the appointment of department heads. We establish policy and make all budget decisions with regard to appropriation of funds to County Departments, Divisions and some Constitutional Officers.
Receive updates from the County Commission on the budget and other important matters. Our meetings are normally held every other Tuesday, either at the West Pasco Government Center in New Port Richey or at the Historic Pasco County Courthouse in Dade City. All of our meetings are streamed online and broadcast live on our 24-hour television station, Pasco Television.
As your elected officials, we value your input and feedback. We invite you to take part in your County government by attending one of our meetings, applying to serve on one of our Citizens Advisory Boards or taking a moment to complete a Customer Comment Card.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and look forward to working with you to make Pasco County the premier community to live, work and play in Tampa Bay!