12 Top Reasons Why You'll Love Citrus Hills

 Here at Citrus Hills, we believe nobody does the Florida lifestyle better than us. 

1.  Reasonable Insurance & Real Estate Taxes

When compared to many Florida destinations, particularly in southern regions of the state, Citrus County offers an escape from excessive costs including those for insurance and property taxes.  In addition to our attractive local home related expenses, you’ll also reap the benefits of today’s Homestead Exemption laws and the long-term real estate tax stability they provide. Whether you’re planning to be a permanent resident, or part-time vacationer, Citrus County clearly offers reasonable costs in home ownership. 

2.  Attractive Cost of Living

As highlighted in comparative price index reports, Citrus county ranks among the most affordable places to live in Florida.  And when compared to other regions of the U.S. the savings are even greater.  You'll enjoy a high-quality lifestyle with lower costs, not only in everyday purchases such as dining out and entertainment, but also for major expenses including housing.  Plus, there's the added savings of no state income tax.

 3.  Balanced Location  

Sitting to the north of Tampa in the heart of the Nature Coast, Citrus County offers uncluttered beauty accentuated by towering oaks, crystal clear spring-fed rivers and rolling hills commonly referred to as the “Alps of Florida”. This pristine area is perfectly balanced with a wealth of cultural opportunities, fine dining, shopping and urban pursuits found just a short drive away in metropolitan Tampa, Orlando, Ocala, and Gainesville.

4.  Outstanding Outdoor Recreation

Aptly called “Mother Nature’s Theme Park”, Citrus County has 22 miles of lakes, 7 rivers, and over 52 miles of Gulf of Mexico coastline.  Enhanced by our beautiful weather, residents enjoy world-class golfing and fishing, diving and snorkeling, boating and kayaking, as well as the hiking, biking and horseback riding opportunities provided in the area’s many parks and preserves, including the sprawling Withlacoochee State Forest with nearly 50,000 acres in Citrus County.

5.  Uncrowded

Citrus County offers an escape from the crowds that plague other areas of Florida, especially the Southeast and Southwest regions. Here, you’ll enjoy a more relaxed way of life without the stress caused by heavy traffic, long lines, and endless waiting.

6. Unspoiled

While South Florida grows more and more congested, Citrus County offers a pristine and picturesque setting. It’s home to many state forests and preserves, some of the most productive saltwater estuaries in Florida, as well as seven of the state’s outstanding crystal-clear waterways. And, the natural beauty will remain unspoiled because the County has protected nearly 50 percent of its land from future development. While much of Florida suffers from near critical water shortages, we’re in the enviable position of sitting atop the largest freshwater aquifer in the Southeast.

7.  Amenity-Rich Suburb


Citrus County offers a full range of amenities an active lifestyle deserves.  From nearby shopping and diverse restaurant choices to local theatre productions and area festivals, you’ll find Citrus Hills is an exciting, convenient place to enjoy great suburban Florida living.

8.  Excellent Healthcare

Offering a wide range of outstanding healthcare options right near home means peace of mind. Living at Citrus Hills, you’ll have convenient access to two nationally recognized hospitals, hundreds of highly regarded family and specialty physicians, and dozens of outpatient surgery and diagnostic centers. And just a short drive away is the world-class healthcare services at UF & Shands Health Center in Gainesville.

9.  Low Crime

Of the 67 counties in Florida, Citrus boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the state. In keeping with our great suburban setting, residents enjoy a lifestyle virtually free from the threats and worries often experienced in more populated areas of the state. Plus, our Sheriff’s department has earned national accolades for its unwavering pursuit of safety and diligent crime prevention efforts.

10.  Educational Opportunities

With a long-standing tradition of excellence, Citrus County offers a comprehensive array of educational opportunities to meet the needs of our diverse population, ranging from educational enrichment courses for retirees to outstanding pre-schools. Our public schools boast one of the lowest student-teacher ratios in the state, and there are several private school options.  Our local community college and technical school offer a variety of continuing education courses at very affordable rates.

11.  Poised for Florida's Future

Citrus County lies in a unique position along the coastal edge of Florida’s Central Ridge, a region where the real focus of future growth lies. In terms of bustling hubs of commerce, Citrus County is advantageously situated just a short distance from the flourishing metro centers of Orlando, Gainesville, and Tampa Bay. Located even closer is the thriving city of Ocala.

12.  Amazing Quality of Life

Set amid gently rolling hills in the heart of Florida’s Nature Coast, this northern suburb of Tampa Bay offers all the amenities you desire to live life to the fullest. Balanced year-round weather, idyllic natural beauty, great schools, advanced medical care, and superb golf, tennis, boating and fishing all combine with a rare spirit of community to create an enchanting place few locations can rival.