Live Oak, Florida
|Live Oak, Florida|
Suwannee County Courthouse, Old Post Office, Old Live Oak City Hall, Downtown Live Oak, ACL Freight Station
|Nickname(s): The city of nature|
|Motto: "A Caring Community "|
Location in Suwannee County and the state of Florida
|• Total||11.39 sq mi (29.5 km2)|
|• Land||11.39 sq mi (29.5 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||105 ft (32 m)|
|• Density||925.7/sq mi (360/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||32060, 32064|
|GNIS feature ID||0285862|
Live Oak is a city in Suwannee County, Florida. The city is the county seat of Suwannee County and is located east of Tallahassee, Florida. As of 2011, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 6,918 .
It is served by the Suwannee County Airport.
The founding of Live Oak dates back to the time of the Civil War. Established in 1858, Live Oak formed a junction between two strategically important railways: One leading from Jacksonville to Tallahassee, and another stretching from Dupont, Georgia. Notably, the large amount of Oak trees surrounding the junction are speculated to have contributed to the naming of the town.
It was the birthplace, in 1879 of a black school which became the modern Florida Memorial University in Miami.
The most famous modern event in the city was the trial of Ruby McCollum, a well-to-do black woman charged with the 1952 killing Dr. C. L. Adams, a prominent white physician and politician who had fathered a child by her. Her trial in the county courthouse attracted national attention, covered by novelist Zora Neale Hurston for the Pittsburgh Courier and became the subject of books by William Bradford Huie, C. Arthur Ellis, and others.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.96 square miles (18.0 km2), all land.
The land mass of Suwannee County sits on a limestone bed riddled with underground freshwater streams that surface in dozens of beautiful springs. This phenomenon, known as "Karst topography", gives the area a local supply of renewable fresh water and abundant sources of fishing. It is also known as a world class cave diving site for SCUBA enthusiasts.
As of the census of 2011, there were 6,918 people, 2,361 households, and 1,562 families residing in the city. The population density was 931.7 per square mile (359.5/km²). There were 2,951 housing units at an average density of 904.6 per square mile (152.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 54.4% White, 35.0% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.4% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.2% of the population.
There were 2,623 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $24,380, and the median income for a family was $29,099. Males had a median income of $22,403 versus $20,154 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,374. About 19.6% of families and 23.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.9% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.
Live Oak rains on average, 84 days per year. This makes it the city that receives the least days of rain per year over 0.1 inches in Florida.
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|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Live Oak.|
- Live Oak Daily Democrat historical newspaper for Live Oak, Florida fully and openly available in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library
- City of Live Oak City website
- Live Oak Suwannee Online