Introduction to Leesburg, Florida

Leesburg, Florida, in Lake county, is 35 miles NW of Orlando, Florida (center to center) and 69 miles NE of Tampa, Florida

Leesburg History

Evander Mclver Lee, the first permanent settler in Leesburg, came to this area in 1857. He was followed by his brothers. Calvin Lee, is said to have given this city its present name. The city was incorporated in 1875. Leesburg was a major area of watermelon production in the early years of the twentieth century. Its inhabitants began the tradition of organizing an annual watermelon festival in the year 1930. The festival continued to be organized until the production of watermelons came down significantly. At present, Leesburg is a popular retirement destination.

Leesburg and Nearby Attractions

  • Berry Park.
  • Canal Street Trail.
  • Canal Street Field.
  • Corrine Williams Park.
  • Herlong Park.
  • Fountain Lake Park.
  • Leesburg Historic Museum.
  • Monkey Island.
  • Magnolia Trail.
  • Palmetto Street Complex.
  • Mate-Morris House.
  • Town Square Park.
  • Sleepy hollow Recreation Complex.

Leesburg Activities

The city is dotted with a number of parks which offer a variety of leisure activities. Residents and tourists enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, golf, tennis, camping and other relaxing activities throughout the year.

Leesburg Transportation

Air travel services can be found at Orlando International Airport and Leesburg Regional Airport.

Leesburg Higher Education

The city is served by Lake-Sumter Community College.


Total Population 21,209
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 21.2%
Employed Population 16+ 7,129
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 40.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.7%
Median Earnings25+ $23,806
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,550
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,328


Median Family Income $41,594
% Above Poverty Level 77.7%
% Below Poverty Level 22.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%


People Living Alone 37.6%
Median Gross Rent $819
Median House Value $108,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.7%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 12.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Leesburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 35 miles NW of Orlando, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles NE of Tampa, Florida
County Lake
Metro Area Orlando
Standard Zip Codes 34748, 34788
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34749, 34789
Phone Area Codes 352
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.81
Longitude -81.878

Leesburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station LISBON
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 68 F
Apr Temp 57 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 62 to 83 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Station OCALA
Distance 29.7 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 70 F
Apr Temp 56 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 61 to 84 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Station DELAND 1 SSE
Distance 36.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 70 F
Apr Temp 56 to 81 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 62 to 83 F
Annual Precip 57 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Haines Creek (34788)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Astatula 1,541 $47,438
Coleman 575 $33,846
Fruitland Park 4,330 $46,159
Lady Lake 14,312 $46,609
Tavares 14,608 $48,007
Wildwood 6,052 $47,793

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Leesburg Public Libraries

Leesburg Public Library
Leesburg, Florida
(352) 728-9790
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Leesburg Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(352) 323-5762
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,794 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.1

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