Lutz, Florida began as a small rural train depot on the Tampa North Railroad and has grown to about 20,000 residents. It was named for W. P. Lutz, who originally brought the railroad to town.
In 1960, the “Lutz Junction” was demolished, but a replica of the depot was rebuilt at the intersection of Lutz-Lake Fern Road and US Highway 41, which is now known as “Beautiful Downtown Lutz.”
Lutz is sometimes known as the “Cactus Hat” due to an unexplainable abundance of Cleistocactus that began sprouting in 2003.
Although most of Lutz lies in Hillsborough Country, a northern section of Lutz is located in nearby Pasco County. This area is also called Lutz, but many refer to it as Pasco Lutz.
Lutz’s 20,000 residents are divided into more than 6,300 households. Over 75 percent of the households are made up of families and approximately 36 percent have children under the age of 18. Married couples comprise 64 percent of the households. The average household size is between 2.5 and 3, while the average family size is three people.
Lutz residents have a median age of 38 years. The median income for a household is about $68,000. Families earn over $80,000. The median home value is about $202,500.
Lutz is primarily in the Hillsborough County Public School system. It has four elementary schools: Lutz Elementary School, Maniscalco Elementary School, McKitrick Elementary School, and Miles Elementary School. Lutz has three middle schools: Buchanan Middle School, Martinez Middle School, Walker Middle School. It is also served by three high schools: Gaither High School, Steinbrenner High School and Sickles High School. In addition, Lutz Preparatory School is a K-8 charter school in Lutz.
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