Inverness (FL)

Inverness, Florida

Inverness is a city in Citrus County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,789 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 7,287 It is the county seat of Citrus County.


Inverness is located at (28.839076, -82.340353).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.1 square miles (21.0 km²), of which, 7.3 square miles (18.9 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) of it (10.12%) is water.


Inverness, Florida was established in 1889. Its original name was Tompkinsville. According to the late historian Mary McRae of Homosassa, Inverness got its name from a lonely Scotsman, far away from his home, who gazed upon the blue waters of the Native American-named Lake Tsala Apoka and thought, “but it looks like Inverness, between the headlands and the lochs’(115) in Scotland. And the beautiful place deserves the name of Inverness.” Inver is a Gaelic word meaning “mouth of the river”, and through the city flows the River Ness, originating from Loch Ness. Since Citrus County lies at the foot of one of the chain of lakes in the Citrus County, Inverness seemed an appropriate name.


As of the census of 2000, there were 6,789 people, 3,190 households, and 1,805 families residing in the city. The population density was 931.7 people per square mile (359.6/km²). There were 3,635 housing units at an average density of 498.9/sq mi (192.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.83% White, 5.20% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.77% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.42% of the population.

There were 3,190 households out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.4% were non-families. 38.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.99 and the average family size was 2.60.

In the city the population was spread out with 16.6% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 19.3% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 38.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 55 years. For every 100 females there were 76.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,604, and the median income for a family was $35,342. Males had a median income of $27,255 versus $21,052 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,211. About 9.6% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.5% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Sister Cities

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Inverness is also the home of the Cooter Festival, a local festival recognizing a local species of turtle. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart recognized this festival and did a feature of its connotative duality in his show.

Dunn, Hampton. Back Home A History Of Citrus County, Florida. Inverness: FL, 1976

Rooks, Justine.” Remember When.” Citrus County Chronicle August 1, 1998.

Hagar, Greg. Personal Interview. 17 Nov. 2007.

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