Introduction to Dade City, Florida

Dade City, Florida, in Pasco county, is 20 miles SE of Spring Hill, Florida (center to center) and 33 miles NE of Tampa, Florida. The city is part of the Tampa - Saint Petersburg - Clearwater metropolitan statistical area (MSA), and has roughly 6,188 residents.

Dade City History

The Tocobaga Indians, who were the original inhabitants of the region, had small villages in the northern part of Tampa Bay. In December of 1836, construction of Fort Dade began. Thomas R. Tucker and Sarah Tucker were the first white residents of what eventually became Pasco County. In December 1842, James Gibbons was issued a permit for 160 acres, which later became Dade City. The Fort Dade post office was established in 1845, and Gibbons served as the postmaster. This post office was later abandoned but a new one was constructed in 1884. The community was officially incorporated in 1889. During World War II, Dade City was home to a prisoner-of-war camp. The name "Dade City" was given in honor of Major F.L. Dade, a martyr of the Seminole warfare.

Dade City and Nearby Attractions

  • Pioneer Florida Museum
  • Crystal River State Archaeological Site
  • Hillsborough River State Park
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Dade Battlefield State Historic Site
  • Lowry Park Zoo

Things To Do In Dade City

Pioneer Florida Museum, located in Dade City, displays exhibits depicting the life of pioneers. It has an old train depot, a 1913 locomotive, a pre-American Civil War house, a school, and a Methodist church. The Crystal River State Archaeological Site, Dade Battlefield State Historical Site, Historical Bok Sanctuary, and Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historical State Park are several historical sites near Dade City. Hillsborough River State Park, which covers almost 4,000 acres, offers swimming, fishing, camping, canoeing, and picnicking opportunities, as well as nature trails. Opportunities to play golf are available from the Hidden Creek Golf Club, Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, Lexington Oaks Golf Club, Plantation Palms Golf Club, Silver Oaks Golf & Country Club, Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club, and Southport Springs Golf Club. Among other popular attractions, are the Lowry Park Zoo, the Florida Aquarium, Adventure Island Tampa Bay, and Busch Gardens.

Dade City Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

Dade City Higher Education

Pasco-Hernando Community College-East Campus is located in Dade City. University of South Florida, Saint Leo University, Florida College, and Southeastern University are also close by.


Total Population 6,548
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 21.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,591
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 33.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.6%
Median Earnings25+ $23,026
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,513
Median Earnings With High School Degree $17,697


Median Family Income $36,161
% Above Poverty Level 63.8%
% Below Poverty Level 36.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $768
Median House Value $96,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.3%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 8.3%

Dade City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles SE of Spring Hill, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles NE of Tampa, Florida
County Pasco
Metro Area Tampa - Saint Petersburg - Clearwater
Standard Zip Codes 33523, 33525
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33526
Phone Area Codes 352
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.364
Longitude -82.196

Dade City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.8 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 72 F
Apr Temp 58 to 84 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 63 to 85 F
Annual Precip 53.8 inches
Station BUSHNELL 2 E
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 71 F
Apr Temp 57 to 84 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 62 to 85 F
Annual Precip 49.2 inches
Distance 29.5 miles
Jan Temp 51 to 74 F
Apr Temp 61 to 86 F
Jul Temp 73 to 95 F
Oct Temp 66 to 87 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Dade City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Richland (33525)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brooksville 7,725 $33,911
San Antonio 1,062 $86,477
Spring Hill 100,270 $47,665
St. Leo 1,272 $132,500
Webster 845 $44,375
Zephyrhills 14,041 $49,113

Dade City Hospitals

(352) 568-3174
Emergency Service: Yes

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Dade City High Schools

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36850 STATE ROAD 52
Serves 1,295 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

Serves 177 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

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Serves 103 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 9

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