Gibsonton, Florida

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Gibsonton is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 8,752 at the 2000 census.

Gibsonton was famous as a sideshow wintering town, where various carnival "freaks" would spend the off season. It was home to Percilla the Monkey girl, the Anatomical Wonder, and the Lobster Boy. Siamese twin sisters ran a fruit stand here. At one time, it was the only post office with a counter for dwarves. Aside from the agreeable winter climate, Gibsonton offered unique circus zoning laws that allowed residents to keep elephants and circus trailers on their front lawns.



Gibsonton is located at 27°50′16″N 82°22′27″W / 27.83778°N 82.37417°W / 27.83778; -82.37417 (27.837894, -82.374070)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 13.7 square miles (35.5 km²), of which, 12.9 square miles (33.3 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.2 km²) of it (6.14%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,752 people, 3,112 households, and 2,193 families residing in the community. The population density was 681.0 people per square mile (263.0/km²). There were 3,468 housing units at an average density of 269.9/sq mi (104.2/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 88.69% White, 1.36% African American, 0.94% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.67% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.01% of the population.

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