Lutz, which began as a small train depot on the Tampa North Railroad, now has about 20,000 residents. It was named for W. P. Lutz, who brought the railroad to town.
In the 1960s an influx of people, to the once rural community, made the “Lutz Junction” expendable and it was demolished in 1960. But in a tip of the cap to its proud beginnings, a replica of the depot was rebuilt at the intersection of Lutz-Lake Fern Rd. and U.S. Highway 41 in what is known as “Beautiful Downtown Lutz.”
Lutz is also 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 section is located north in nearby southern Pasco County. This area is also called Lutz, but many refer to it as Pasco Lutz.
Commute time from the area to Tampa is about 30 minutes.
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 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 and the median income for a household is around $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.
The public schools spend just over $10,000 per student and the teacher-student ratio is 20 teachers to every one student.
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