Leesburg, Florida

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Leesburg is a city in Lake County, Florida, United States. The population was 15,956 at the 2000 census. As of 2005, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 19,086.[1]. Leesburg is located in central Florida, between Lake Harris and Lake Griffin, at the head of the Oklawaha River system. It is part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. Leesburg is the home of Lake-Sumter Community College (LSCC) with campuses also in Clermont, Florida and Sumterville, Florida.



Leesburg is located at 28°48′38″N 81°53′00″W / 28.810687°N 81.883349°W / 28.810687; -81.883349.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 63.3 km² (24.4 mi²). 48.4 km² (18.7 mi²) of it is land and 15.0 km² (5.8 mi²) of it (23.65%) is water.

Several major highways pass through Leesburg, including U.S. Highway 27, U.S. Highway 441 and S.R. 44. Florida's Turnpike passes just to the south and west of Leesburg. Leesburg was on the Western leg of the historic Dixie Highway.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 15,956 people, 6,775 households, and 4,078 families residing in the city. The population density was 330.0/km² (854.8/mi²). There were 7,742 housing units at an average density of 160.1/km² (414.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.60% White, 29.12% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.26% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.12% of the population.

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