Hudson is a census-designated place (CDP) located at the westernmost end of Pasco County, Florida, United States and is included in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, Hudson's population was 12,765.
Aerial view of Hudson and Hudson Beach, Florida
Location in Pasco County and the state of Florida.
Hudson and Hudson Beach are located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, Hudson has a total area of 6.4 square miles (17 km2), of which 6.4 square miles (17 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.31%) is water.
In 1878, Isaac Hudson moved his family to the uninhabited brush of coastal Pasco County and established a post office at a place he named Hudson's Landing. The town grew in the early twentieth century when the Fivay Company began cutting lumber and shipping it by rail to Tampa. Hudson stagnated when the Fivay Company went out of business and people turned to the sea or moved away; shrimping and fishing employed about half of the working men in the 1930s to 1950s.
In the late 1950s, a team of realtors paid the Army Corps of Engineers to dig 25 miles of canals as if they were streets. The lots along the new waterfront area were then sold, bringing many new residents to Hudson. In the 1980s, people began building larger homes (most of which were mobile homes) along the canals. Now, while its older waterfront is reviving, large residential developments are spreading inland. Former Red Sox pitcher Steven Dennett was born and raised in Hudson, Florida.