Although extremely rural, in recent years Sumter County has sustained an exceptionally large increase in population, almost solely due to the expansion of The Villages retirement complex, a significant portion of which is in the county. This has dramatically changed the demographics of the county and has brought in significant income.
Sumter County is bordered by Marion County on the north; Lake County to the east; Polk and Pasco on the southeast and southwest respectively; Citrus and Hernando Counties on the west.
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