Jacob City, Florida

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Jacob City, Florida
City
Location in Jackson County and the state of Florida
Location in Jackson County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 30°53′40″N 85°24′35″W / 30.89444°N 85.40972°W / 30.89444; -85.40972Coordinates: 30°53′40″N 85°24′35″W / 30.89444°N 85.40972°W / 30.89444; -85.40972
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Jackson
Area
 • Total 3.2 sq mi (8.3 km2)
 • Land 3.1 sq mi (8 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 281
 • Density 87.8/sq mi (33.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 12-35200[1]

Jacob City is a city in Jackson County, Florida, United States. The population was 281 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 283 [1].

Geography[edit]

Jacob City is located at 30°53′40″N 85°24′35″W / 30.89444°N 85.40972°W / 30.89444; -85.40972 (30.894334, -85.409802)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), of which 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (4.02%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 281 people, 99 households, and 73 families residing in the city. The population density was 90.7 inhabitants per square mile (35.0/km²). There were 116 housing units at an average density of 37.4 per square mile (14.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 4.98% White and 95.02% African American.

There were 99 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 28.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 66.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,583, and the median income for a family was $22,292. Males had a median income of $25,481 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,037. About 24.7% of families and 26.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.9% of those under the age of eighteen and 7.7% of those sixty five or over.

History[edit]

Jacob City history goes back as far as the early 19th century, when many former slaves moved from Webbville to isolate themselves from harassment from the whites there, most of whose residents moved to Marianna in 1882. Webbville no longer exists, but was located around the current location of U.S. 231 and State Road 73. Marianna was known as the rich man's town and no blacks were welcome at all.

The first known settlement of Jacob City was by a white man named Jacob Jones, who housed the first blacks on his land and property, that is where Jacob City got its name, as they would tell their friends "lets go to Jacob's." As blacks arrived to escape oppression, they moved farther down and made horse wagon trails into dirt roads forming a small community. By the mid-19th century, the small town of Jacob was Jackson County's first black community. Blacks started their own store, but the owner was murdered and the store was never re-opened. By the late 19th century, St. Mary Missionary Baptist church was built on what is now Main Street and is commemorated by a Jacob City historical marker. By the early 20th century, Jacob's dirt roads were improved and its population rose, but the poverty level was high due to the lack of education as there was no school for black children.

St. Mary's Church provided a school, but many of its students never made it past seventh grade because they had to help with farm work at home with their parents. In 1953, St. Paul's school was established near Cambellton as an elementary and high school where Jacob children could get a better education. The Cambellton school lasted until 1972. In the late 20th century, Jacob modernized and joined the Florida League of Cities. In 1984, Jacob became Jacob City and built a town hall.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.