About Hillsborough County
Hillsborough County is situated along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and touches Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and Manatee counties, making up the metropolitan area known as Tampa Bay. Hillsborough is the largest county in the metropolitan area, with Tampa forming the region's hub. Hillsborough County has only three incorporated places, all which are chartered as cities under Florida law: The City of Tampa, The City of Temple Terrace and The City of Plant City. It is the fourth most populous county in Florida with a population of 1.2M residents and 5M visitors annually. Visitors and residents alike enjoy a richly diverse community that provides for many different lifestyles. Whether it’s the Arts or Music or boating, sports or horse farms, Hillsborough County and RE/MAX Action First will find the perfect home for your lifestyle.
HCSB District is the 2 largest in the state and the 8th largest in country. Here you will find some of America's Best Schools. Hillsborough County Schools provide athletic opportunities for high school boys in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and wrestling. For high school girls, the sports are basketball, cheer, cross country, flag football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.The county is also home to The University of South Florida and its Medical School, The University of Tampa, Stetson Law School, Hillsborough Community College, The University of Florida, Florida Southern University and many award winning Design and Technical Schools
Schools in Hillsborough County
Named for the Earl of Hillsborough, Wills Hill, the one-time Secretary of State for the original British Colonies, the county was once part of Alachua and Monroe counties. It took its own form in January 1834. Though, at this point it also included land that would later become Pinellas, Manatee, Polk, and a few others. In the mid 1840s Commissioners of the county began developing roadways, bridges and ferries. These endeavors were often done haphazardly with roads being constructed by merely destroying trees between two points. Through the Third Seminole War, which started in 1855, the county was virtually free of warfare. However, in the late 1830s, the Second Seminole War saw a decisive battle at Fort Collins.
In the early 20th century Hillsborough's economy was predominantly based on cigar making and agriculture. In 2012, Hillsborough had the second largest agricultural output among Florida's Counties. As of 2010, the average annual employment in Hillsborough County was 563,292. The percentages of total employment by industry was:Natural Resources & Mining 2.0% Construction 4.6% Manufacturing 4.1% Trade, Transportation and Utilities 19.5% Information 3.0% Financial Activities 9.2% Professional & Business Services 18.1% Education & Health Services 14.6% Leisure & Hospitality 10.3% Other Services 2.7% Public administration 4.7%
A Home Rule Charter for Hillsborough County was approved by voters in a county-wide referendum held in September 1983, and the first County Commissioners elected under this new charter took office on May 28, 1985. The Home Rule Charter divides the power of county government between legislative and executive branches. The Board of County Commissioners, which composes the legislative branch, sets overall policy by means of ordinances, resolutions and motions. The executive powers of county government are vested in the County Administrator, appointed by County Commissioners and charged by the charter to faithfully implement the powers of the Board. The charter provides for a County Attorney, to be hired by the County Administrator with the advice and consent of the County Commissioners. The charter contains a provision for a Charter Review Board appointed by County Commissioners every five years to conduct a study of county government and propose amendments to the charter. These amendments must be presented to voters for approval.One amendment was approved in November 2002, adding the position of County Internal Performance Auditor to the government structure. This position reports directly to the County Commission.