New Port Richey is a city located in Pasco County, Florida, and is a part of the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area. Home to over 14,900 residents, it is a minor city in the metro area and is surrounded by unincorporated areas of Pasco County, which has had an effect on the town’s official population count; the feel of New Port Richey is that of a much larger city.
The city was first founded in the early 20th century and was incorporated in 1924, during the Florida land boom; it was during this time that city leaders pushed for New Port Richey to become a major winter getaway for Hollywood stars and other people of high society.
Though several movie stars at the time did indeed buy winter homes in New Port Richey, the end of the land boom and the start of the Great Depression crippled the city economically, which caused a large population drop, including its Hollywood stars. It would not be until the 1960’s that New Port Richey would begin to grow again, and today the city is flourishing and is again a popular winter getaway, only this time for snowbirds more so than Hollywood actors.
Basic Facts About New Port Richey
- Current population: 14,900
- Current mayor: Bob Consalvo
- Total area: 4.6 sq mi
- Official website: cityofnewportrichey.org
- Located in: Pasco County
- Founded in: 1924 (incorporated)
- Zip codes: 34652-34656
- Area codes: 727
Auto Transport Tips to New Port Richey
New Port Richey is a small town – we’re talking tiny. At 4.6 square miles, it’s one of the smallest cities in the Tampa Bay Metro Area, but it’s a popular snowbird destination, which makes it a more attractive location for auto shippers because there’s generally a lot of people going there. But that doesn’t negate the fact that there are few routes into New Port Richey – in fact, there is but one highway that runs through it, Highway 19, which services many of the rural areas north of Tampa, all along the coast.
This means that while New Port Richey is a popular location for people to ship vehicles to, it’s not popular for shippers; this creates a problem, but one that’s easily fixed. Clearwater is a popular location too; located maybe 20 miles south of New Port Richey, it’s a popular location closer to Tampa proper and also has overland links to major cities further south.
Shippers moving into the Tampa area can maybe save a day or two by moving into Clearwater or Tampa, if they’re coming from the eastern parts of Florida (which is common; Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami are three of the most popular areas in the state for auto transportation services).
We generally recommend that you speak to an auto transportation representative about shipments to and from New Port Richey. They can fill you in on the state of the industry in regards to your specific route, and this is important because things can change on a daily basis that can alter prices along specific routes.
New Port Richey is a popular getaway for snowbirds; this affects the dynamics of shipping into the city, so it’s best to speak to a live agent for all the latest info. If you need a quote to ship a vehicle to or from New Port Richey, you can fill out our free online quote request form and get a free quote right away. You can also call us if you have questions at 800-930-7417, or if you need help navigating the website.
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