Gibsonton is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. U.S. Route 41 currently runs through the center of the community. The population was 14,234 at the 2010 census.According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 13.7 square miles (35 km2), of which 12.9 square miles (33 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), or 6.14%, is water.Gibsonton was famous as a sideshow wintering town, where various people in the carnival and circus businesses would spend the off season, placing it near the winter home for Ringling Brothers Circus at Tampa,Sarasota and Venice in various times . It was home to Percilla the Monkey girl, the Anatomical Wonder, and the Lobster Boy. Siamese twin sisters ran a fruit stand here. At one time, it was the only post office with a counter for dwarves. Aside from the agreeable winter climate, Gibsonton offered unique circus zoning laws that allowed residents to keep elephants and circus trailers on their front lawns.