Gilchrist County, Florida

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Gilchrist County, Florida
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Gilchrist County Courthouse
Map of Florida highlighting Gilchrist County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded 4 December 1925
Named for Albert W. Gilchrist
Seat Trenton
Largest city Trenton
Area
 • Total 355.47 sq mi (921 km2)
 • Land 348.89 sq mi (904 km2)
 • Water 6.58 sq mi (17 km2), 1.85%
Population
 • (2010) 16,939
 • Density 48.6/sq mi (19/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website gilchrist.fl.us

Gilchrist County is a rural county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2010, the population was 16,939. The county seat is Trenton, Florida[1].

History[edit]

Gilchrist County was created in 1925 making it the youngest county in Florida. It was named for Albert W. Gilchrist, Governor of Florida from 1909 to 1913.

Historic buildings[edit]

Historic buildings in Gilchrist County include:

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 355.47 square miles (920.7 km2), of which 348.89 square miles (903.6 km2) (or 98.15%) is land and 6.58 square miles (17.0 km2) (or 1.85%) is water.[2]

Gilchrist County is part of the Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area, though it is a very rural county.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 4,137
1940 4,250 2.7%
1950 3,499 −17.7%
1960 2,868 −18.0%
1970 3,551 23.8%
1980 5,767 62.4%
1990 9,667 67.6%
2000 14,437 49.3%
2010 16,939 17.3%
Est. 2012 16,815 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2012 Estimate[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 14,437 people, 5,021 households, and 3,715 families residing in the county. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 5,906 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.52% White, 7.00% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. 2.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,021 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 21.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 14.20% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 112.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,328, and the median income for a family was $34,485. Males had a median income of $27,359 versus $21,946 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,985. About 10.90% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.60% of those under age 18 and 12.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Notable Celebrities[edit]

Easton Corbin, country music singer

Commerce[edit]

The Trenton State Farmer's Market is located on State Road 47, north of Trenton.[6]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2012 74.5% 23.7% 1.7%
2008 72.3% 25.5% 2.1%
2004 70.4% 28.7% 0.9%
2000 61.2% 35.4% 3.4%

Library[edit]

The Gilchrist County Public library is part of the Three Rivers Regional Library System, which also serves Dixie, Lafayette, and Taylor counties. It is located at 105 NE 11th Avenue, Trenton, FL 32693. The branch is open Monday 9am-7pm, and Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Trenton State Farmer's Market" Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

External links[edit]

Government links/Constitutional offices[edit]

Special districts[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

Museum and Library Resources[edit]

Coordinates: 29°44′N 82°48′W / 29.73°N 82.80°W / 29.73; -82.80