Plant City Real Estate Information

Located halfway between Brandon and Lakeland, Plant City and its 33,000 Floridian residents are conveniently situated along the I-4 corridor several miles east of central Tampa. Because of its status as a commercial hub with a successful local economy, most residents of Plant City choose to work locally so as to avoid the long commute into Tampa and the surrounding areas. Several historic places have been preserved in Plant City, including Downtown Plant City Commercial District, Hillsboro State Bank Building, and Standard Oil Service Station. Residents find that Plant City provides a nice mix of residential and commercial space so as to make for convenient and safe living throughout the year.

The city was named after a prominent railroad designer and developer, Henry B. Plant, although several residents claim that the name is based on the vegetables, fruits, and tropical houseplants grown at local plant nurseries. Plant City Airport is located on the fringe of the city and is a public-use airport that was originally constructed to facilitate the shipping of strawberries around the United States. Today, the airfield is 99.5% used by general aviators who live in Plant City. The Plant City Stadium and Randly L. Larson Softball Four-Plex was originally built to host Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds spring training, although the facility has been converted entirely to softball diamonds for use by the community.

Plant City is also referred to as the Strawberry Capital of the World as its hosts the annual Florida Strawberry Festival every winter. The traditional event dates back to 1930 and was originally created to promote the local strawberry industry. Famous for its strawberry shortcake, the festival also includes a flea market-style craft sale, parade, livestock activities, concerts by big-name artists, and a beauty pageant. In 2009, more than half a million people attended the grand event. Plant City also hosts the Plant City Bike Fest and the Strawberry Classic Car Show.

The Hillsborough County School District, the eleventh largest in the nation, provides exceptional coverage and educational opportunities to Plant City’s youth throughout a vast network of campuses to serve the immediate K-12 needs of the local community. There are twelve elementary schools that serves kindergarten through fifth grade. The flagship campus is the Lincoln Elementary Magnet School that draws in students from across Plant City. Marshall Middle, Tomlin Middle, and Turkey Creek Middle Schools provide classes for grades six through eight while the area’s two high schools complete the curriculum for grades nine through twelve. Both Durant High and Plant City High have received several awards. Two alternative programs are also available to Plant City’s students. Because of the public system’s relative strength, there are very few private institutions in Plant City.