Hillsborough County Homes for Sale
More than one million people live in Hillsborough County, with many of them residing and working in the county seat of Tampa, Florida. Hillsborough County is the largest county in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA and is the fourth most populous in Florida.
Hillsborough County’s roots go back to colonial times; it was named for the British Secretary of State for the colonies, the Earl of Hillsborough. It was originally a part of Pinellas County as well, and it was officially separated from Pinellas in 1911.
Much of the county’s land is unincorporated (more than 84% of the total land area), and it is home to a number of beautiful parks and reservoirs. Part of Hillsborough County runs along the Tampa Port Shipping Channel to the Gulf of Mexico, which keeps the county from being landlocked. Only three cities in Hillsborough County are incorporated – Plant City, Tampa and Temple Terrace.
Natural beauty abounds in Hillsborough. Nature lovers can hike, cycle, fish, camp and look for birds and other wildlife in Alafia River State Park or relax in Hillsborough River State Park, one of the eight original Florida State Parks created in 1938. The Hillsborough River is one of the only rivers in Florida that offers a series of rapids for canoeing enthusiasts. You’ll also find a replica of Fort Foster in the Hillsborough River Park, first built in 1837 during the Second Seminole War. Much of Florida’s pioneer history has been captured in this unique tribute to the area’s history.
In the southern part of the county is the Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1974. Not only is it part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Egmont Key was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
The county offers great services to its residents, including an excellent public school system. Hillsborough County has created the eighth largest school district in the United States. More than 200 schools of all different levels (including charter schools) serve the county. Twelve out 25 high schools were named by Newsweek as America's Best High Schools.
Hillsborough County is also the home of the Florida State Fair and a number of annual festivals. Other entertainment and cultural attractions in the area include Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium and several museums.