Lecanto, Florida

Lecanto is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Citrus County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 5,882,[4] up from 5,161 in 2000. It is home to several county government facilities such as the Citrus County Sheriff's Office and the Citrus Campus of the College of Central Florida.

Location in Citrus County and the state of Florida
Location in Citrus County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°51′N 82°29′W / 28.850°N 82.483°W / 28.850; -82.483Coordinates: 28°51′N 82°29′W / 28.850°N 82.483°W / 28.850; -82.483
Country United States
State Florida
County Citrus
 • Total26.94 sq mi (69.77 km2)
 • Land26.93 sq mi (69.75 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
46 ft (14 m)
 • Total6,301
 • Density233.97/sq mi (90.34/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code352
FIPS code12-39825[2]
GNIS feature ID0285422[3]


Lecanto is located at the geographic center of Citrus County at 28°51′N 82°29′W / 28.850°N 82.483°W / 28.850; -82.483 (28.8488, -82.4811).[5] State Road 44 (Gulf to Lake Highway) runs through the center of the CDP, leading west 7 miles (11 km) to Crystal River and east 10 miles (16 km) to Inverness, the county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 26.9 square miles (69.8 km2), of which 0.008 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.03%, is water.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.

At the 2000 census there were 5,161 people, 1,861 households, and 1,369 families in the CDP. The population density was 190.8 inhabitants per square mile (73.7/km2). There were 2,095 housing units at an average density of 77.5 per square mile (29.9/km2). The racial makup of the CDP was 93.88% White, 2.96% African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.71%.[2]

Of the 1,861 households 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 22.0% of households were one person and 11.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.81.

The age distribution was 20.5% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.6% 65 or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.4 males.

The median household income was $40,826 and the median family income was $46,987. Males had a median income of $30,625 versus $27,296 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $20,625. About 5.3% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

Lecanto is the site of the privately operated Citrus County Detention Facility, which holds a maximum of 760 prisoners of the county, of the federal government, and prisoners from the Virgin Islands.[7]


The CDP is served by Citrus County Schools.[8] Elementary schools serving sections of the CDP include Lecanto, Forest Ridge, Rock Crusher,[9] and Hernando.[10] Lecanto Middle School[11] and Lecanto High School also serve the CDP.[12]

College of Central Florida's Citrus Campus was built in Lecanto in 1996.

Public transportationEdit

Citrus County Transit has its headquarters in Lecanto, and runs one flex-route service in the area.[13]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b c "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Lecanto CDP, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  7. ^ "Citrus County Detention Facility". Corrections Corporation of America. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  8. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Lecanto CDP, FL." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 3, 2017. See map pages. Compare this map to the attendance boundary maps of the school district.
  9. ^ Rock Crusher Elementary
  10. ^ "Citrus County Elementary School Attendance Boundaries." Citrus County Schools. Retrieved on February 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "Citrus County Middle School Attendance Boundaries." Citrus County Schools. Retrieved on February 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Citrus County High School Attendance Boundaries." Citrus County Schools. Retrieved on February 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "Transportation". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-11-26.