Location in Indian River County and the state of Florida
|• Total||7.5 sq mi (19.5 km2)|
|• Land||7 sq mi (18.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)|
|Elevation||13 ft (4 m)|
|• Density||1,013.2/sq mi (389.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0283063|
Gifford // is a census-designated place (CDP) in Indian River County, Florida, United States. It is part of the Sebastian–Vero Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,599 at the 2000 census. Gifford has a rich African American history. There are a number of pioneer families who are a permanent part of the fabric of Indian River County, most notably the Gipson (Gibson), Hudson, Sharpton, Lundy, Jackson, McGriff, Hart and Williams families.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19 km2), of which 7.1 square miles (18 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (6.00%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,599 people, 3,036 households, and 1,897 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,078.1 people per square mile (416.2/km²). There were 3,595 housing units at an average density of 510.0/sq mi (196.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 38.70% White, 57.43% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 1.96% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.67% of the population.
There were 3,036 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.8% were married couples living together, 20.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 84.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $29,438, and the median income for a family was $35,354. Males had a median income of $25,716 versus $18,821 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,910. About 19.6% of families and 23.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.3% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.