Thonotosassa, Florida

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Thonotosassa is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,091 at the 2000 census.



The name Thonotosassa comes from the Seminole-Creek words thlonto and sasse, meaning the place was a source of valuable flint. When Fort Brooke in present day Tampa was founded in 1824, a road was built connecting it and Fort King in Ocala which ran northwest of Lake Thonotosassa. Despite this, the presence of a Seminole village largely prevented whites from moving into the area. Following the end of the Second Seminole War in 1842, however, whites began to settle.

In 1893, the Tampa and Thonotosassa Railroad opened a 13-mile route between the two growing communities.[3] This line today no longer extends into Thonotosassa, its northern tracks having been removed along with the town depot by the 1980s[4]; but its southern portion remains a busy industrial spur, joining with the CSX main line at Neve Wye.

Among other areas for recreation for the youth is the Morris Bridge Road area and its Nature's Classroom.[5]


Thonotosassa is located at 28°3′22″N 82°17′34″W / 28.05611°N 82.29278°W / 28.05611; -82.29278 (28.056135, -82.292663)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 18.0 square miles (46.5 km²), of which, 16.7 square miles (43.2 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²) of it (7.23%) is water.It is 220 ft above sea level.It is approx.73 miles from Orlando and about 10 miles from Plant City.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,091 people, 2,178 households, and 1,616 families residing in the community. The population density was 365.5 people per square mile (141.1/km²). There were 2,532 housing units at an average density of 151.9/sq mi (58.6/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 90.63% White, 4.94% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.79% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.29% of the population.

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