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The name Thonotosassa comes from the Seminole-Creek words thlonto and sasse, meaning the place was a source of valuable flint. When Fort Brooke in present day Tampa was founded in 1824, a road was built connecting it and Fort King in Ocala which ran northwest of Lake Thonotosassa . Despite this, the presence of a Seminole village largely prevented whites from moving into the area. Following the end of the Second Seminole War in 1842, however, whites began to settle. In 1893, a line of the South Florida Railroad connected Thonotosassa to Tampa.
Thonotosassa is located at 28°3'22" North, 82°17'34" West (28.056135, -82.292663).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 46.5 km² (18.0 mi²). 43.2 km² (16.7 mi²) of it is land and 3.4 km² (1.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 7.23% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 6,091 people, 2,178 households, and 1,616 families residing in the community. The population density is 141.1/km² (365.5/mi²). There are 2,532 housing units at an average density of 58.6/km² (151.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the community is 90.63% White, 4.94% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.79% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. 6.29% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,178 households out of which 34.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% are married couples living together, 12.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% are non-families. 20.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.72 and the average family size is 3.07.
In the community the population is spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.4 males.
The median income for a household in the community is $43,159, and the median income for a family is $44,829. Males have a median income of $31,914 versus $22,674 for females. The per capita income for the community is $18,191. 16.0% of the population and 12.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 23.2% of those under the age of 18 and 17.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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