Alachua County, Florida
|Alachua County, Florida|
Location in the state of Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 29, 1824|
|Named for||Chua (Timucuan word for "sinkhole")|
|• Total||969.12 sq mi (2,510 km2)|
|• Land||874.25 sq mi (2,264 km2)|
|• Water||94.88 sq mi (246 km2), 9.8%|
|• Density||282.91/sq mi (109.24/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Alachua County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population of the county is 247,336. Alachua County is the home of the University of Florida and is also known for its diverse culture, local music, and artisans. Much of its economy revolves around the university.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Education
- 5 Places
- 6 Politics
- 7 Landfills
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes
- 10 External links
The Alachua area appears to have been the first area occupied in 1740 by the immigrant Oconee, who became part of the Seminole. Their first town was situated on or near the old Alachua plain, now called Payne's Prairie in homage to "King" Payne, chief of the Alachua settlements, upon his death in 1812.
Lieutenant Diego Peña, describe this area in his journal kept during his expedition to Apalachee and Apalachicola in 1716. Of the area between the Ichetucknee and Suwannee rivers in southern Suwannee County he wrote:
|“||The 21st day I left the said site (adjacent to the Itchtucknee River) and camped at a place they call Aquilachua this day I marched five leagues. In this day's march no creeks were encountered but there are good springs of water, and the first (is) named Usichua, (and) the other Usiparachua, and another Afanochua.||”|
The springs without effluent streams may have been sinkholes, as there are many in the area. The names of these watering places all end with chua, suggesting that chua is the Timucuan name for sinkhole. The residents of the county thought that Alachua means sinkhole.
Alachua County proper was organized in 1824. The original county seat was Newnansville located near the current site of the city of Alachua. In 1854, the new railroad from Fernandina to Cedar Key bypassed Newnansville and Gainesville, a new town located on the railroad, began to draw business and residents away from Newnansville. Gainesville later became the new county seat that same year.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 969.12 square miles (2,510.0 km2), of which 874.25 square miles (2,264.3 km2) (or 90.21%) is land and 94.88 square miles (245.7 km2) (or 9.79%) is water. Alachua County is part of the Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area.
- Bradford County, Florida - north
- Union County, Florida - north
- Putnam County, Florida - east
- Marion County, Florida - southeast
- Levy County, Florida - southwest
- Gilchrist County, Florida - west
- Columbia County, Florida - northwest
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 247,336 people, 100,516 households, and 53,500 families residing in the county. There were 112,766 housing units in the county, an occupancy rate of 89.1%; of the occupied units, 54,768 (54.5%) were owner-occupied and 45,748 (45.5%) were renter-occupied. The population density was 282.91/sq mi (109.24/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.9% White, 20.3% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 5.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.7% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. 8.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Of the 100,516 households, 22.0% included children under the age of 18, 36.4% included a married husband and wife couple, 4.0% had a male head of house with no wife present, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.8% were non-families. 24.8% of all households included at least one child under the age of 18, and 19.6% included at least one member 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.91.
The demographic spread showed 17.9% under the age of 18 and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older; 48.4% of the population identified as male and 51.6% as female. The median age was 30.1 years.
The five year American Community Survey completed 2011 gave a median household income of $41,473 (inflation indexed to 2011 dollars) and a median family income of $63,435. Male full-time year round workers had a median income of $42,865, versus $36,351 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,172; 23.6% of the population was living below the poverty line.
As of 2010, 86.43% of the population spoke English as their primary language, while Spanish was spoken by 6.38%, 1.18% spoke Chinese, 0.57% were speakers of Korean, and 0.52% spoke French as their native language.
The entire county of Alachua is served by the Alachua County School District, which has some 47 different institutions in the county. Alachua county is also home to the University of Florida and Santa Fe College.
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- Cross Creek
- Evinston, extends into Marion County
- Grove Park
- Haile Plantation
- Island Grove
- Melrose, extends into Bradford, Clay, and Putnam counties
- Santa Fe
Like many other counties containing large state universities, Alachua County regularly supports the Democratic Party. It has voted for the Democratic candidate for president in the past five elections. The county last supported a Republican presidential candidate in 1988, when it narrowly went for George H. W. Bush.
Alachua County is the site of five closed landfills—Southwest Landfill, Southeast Landfill, Northwest Landfill, Northeast Landfill, and Northeast Auxiliary Landfill. Since 1999, all solid waste from Alachua County has been hauled to the New River Solid Waste Facility in Raiford, in neighboring Union County.
- Alachua County Library District
- Florida State Parks in Alachua County
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Alachua County, Florida
- Simpson, J. Clarence (1956). Mark F. Boyd, ed. Florida Place-Names of Indian Derivation. Tallahassee, Florida: Florida Geological Survey.
- "History of Alachua". Alachua Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- "2007-2011 American Community Survey". US Census Bureau.
- "Modern Language Association Data Center Results, Alachua County, Florida". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- "Landfills". Alachua County, Florida. Retrieved 2008-11-09.[dead link]
- "Brief History of the Environmental Park". Alachua County, Florida. Retrieved 2008-11-09.[dead link]
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- Alachua County / Board of County Commissioners
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- Alachua County Property Appraiser
- Alachua County Sheriff's Office
- Alachua County Tax Collector
- Alachua County Public Schools
- Suwannee River Water Management District
- St. Johns River Water Management District
- Alachua County Library District
Judicial branch of State
- Alachua County Clerk of Courts
- Office of the State Attorney, 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida serving Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union Counties
- Circuit and County Court for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida
Conservation and environmental organizations
||Columbia County||Bradford County and Union County|
|Gilchrist County||Putnam County|
|Levy County||Marion County|