The City of Brandon was named after John Brandon, who founded the town in the 1850s. It wasn't until the 1950s that the real growth started to take place. Throughout the following decade, it was estimated that a new family moved into Brandon every day. In the 1980s, Interstate 75 was installed and this further increased the population of Brandon.
In 1995 the Brandon Town Center shopping mall opened and this became yet another catalyst for growth. Because of its unique design, the mall attracts customers from around the world. Another big attraction in Brandon is the Brandon Balloon Classic, which has been held annually since the early '80s.
Brandon is rapidly growing into a city with all of the conveniences of the “big city,” but without the inconveniences. Brandon has malls, supermarkets, department stores and everything else you would expect from a large city, while also providing a community atmosphere and quiet suburban living.
Brandon is only 65 miles away from the world-famous Walt Disney World theme park and numerous other famous amusement parks. The city is also less than 15 miles away from Tampa. Tampa is the home of the Tampa International Airport, the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Devil Rays baseball team, the Lightning hockey team, the University of Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo, Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium and the Seminole Indian Casino, just to name a few.
Since the 1850s, Brandon has evolved from a one-family settlement to a thriving unincorporated city. New developments are being built every day and Brandon is now becoming one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. Brandon promises to become a city that will truly stand out for years to come as one of Florida's most desirable places to live.