Inverness, Florida

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Inverness is a city in Citrus County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,789 at the 2000 census. As of 2007, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 7,248.[3] It is the county seat of Citrus County[4].



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.1 square miles (21.0 km²), of which, 7.3 square miles (18.9 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) of it (10.12%) is water.


Inverness, Florida was established in 1889. Its original name was Tompkinsville. According to the late historian Mary McRae of Homosassa, Inverness got its name from a lonely Scotsman, far away from his home, who gazed upon the blue waters of the Native American-named Lake Tsala Apopka and thought, “but it looks like Inverness, between the headlands and the lochs’(115) in Scotland. And the beautiful place deserves the name of Inverness.” Inver is a Gaelic word meaning “mouth of the river”, and through the city flows the River Ness, originating from Loch Ness. Since the city lies at the foot of one of the chain of lakes in the Citrus County, Inverness seemed an appropriate name.

The Withlacoochee State Trail, which replaced a former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad line, runs between two of those lakes, in one case over a small bridge over part of Henderson Lake.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,789 people, 3,190 households, and 1,805 families residing in the city. The population density was 931.7 people per square mile (359.6/km²). There were 3,635 housing units at an average density of 498.9/sq mi (192.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.83% White, 5.20% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.77% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.42% of the population.

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