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Located in Hillsborough County, Brandon, Florida is part of the Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater metropolitan area.
Brandon got it's start in 1857, when John Brandon (1809–1886) arrived at Fort Brooke (now Tampa) from Mississippi with his first wife Martha (1813–1867) and six sons. At first he moved his family to what is now the Seffner area. In August 1858, he purchased 40 acres in the New Hope area, and another 160 acres later on. He named his land Brandon.
John Brandon and his family were active in the community. The New Hope Church was built on land donated by Brandon in 1862. Besides being the first church in the community, it also served as its first school. The Stowers Funeral Home, another famous landmark in Brandon, was built by James Brandon, one of John Brandon's sons.
In 1890, the Florida Central and Peninsula Railroad came through the area, encouraging the people of New Hope to build a depot on Moon Avenue. Since then, Brandon has grown. The center of town remained at Moon Avenue and Victoria Street, and grew to include the train depot, post office, school, and a grocery store.
Brandon is now a thriving and still growing community. With more than 100,000 residents (as of the 2010 census), Brandon has a strong business community. The town itself is a clean and family friendly area, and the residents absolutely love their local businesses. The cost of living is a bit lower than the US Average, making Brandon an ideal choice for both families and military personnel working at the local bases nearby. Brandon's seven hotels and more than 200 restaurants keep residents and tourists bustling.
Our mini-guide to Brandon, below will help you discover more about this beautiful location in sunny Florida.