Location in Bradford County and the state of Florida
|• Total||7.21 sq mi (18.68 km2)|
|• Land||7.21 sq mi (18.68 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||164 ft (50 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||5,416|
|• Density||750.76/sq mi (289.86/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0291634|
Starke may have been named in honor of developer George W. Cole's fiancée or in honor of Madison Starke Perry, fourth governor of Florida and a Confederate States Army colonel. The Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, adds that the city may have been named after "Thomas Starke, a slaveholder who once owned much land around the area."
Starke is located in east-central Bradford County at  U.S. Route 301 passes through the center of the city, leading north 26 miles (42 km) to Baldwin and Interstate 10 and southwest (via State Road 24) 25 miles (40 km) to Gainesville.(29.947155, -82.108113).
Starke is located approximately 8 miles (13 km) west of Florida's National Guard base, Camp Blanding, and is approximately 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Florida State Prison, Union Correctional Institution, and New River East Correctional Institution.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,593 people, 2,003 households, and 1,350 families residing in the city. The population density was 839.3 people per square mile (324.2/km²). There were 2,273 housing units at an average density of 341.1 per square mile (131.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.05% White, 29.54% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.23% of the population.
There were 2,003 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the city, the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 20.3% 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 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,021, and the median income for a family was $35,093. Males had a median income of $27,176 versus $17,986 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,507. About 19.2% of families and 23.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.9% of those under age 18 and 23.2% of those age 65 or over.
Point of interest
The Starke post office contains a mural, Reforestation, painted in 1940 by Elizabeth Terell. Murals were produced from 1934 to 1943 in the United States through the Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts, of the Treasury Department. The WPA was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing individuals to carry out public works projects.
Film and television locations
Starke has been the location of several Hollywood films, including:
- G.I. Jane, which starred Demi Moore and was filmed east of Starke on the Camp Blanding Joint Training Center.
- Joel Schumacher's film Tigerland, starring Colin Farrell was filmed at Camp Blanding.
- Basic starring Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta was filmed at Camp Blanding.
- Why Do Fools Fall in Love starring Halle Berry and Vivica A. Fox.
Starke has been the location of the following television series:
- The Fox Broadcasting Company's reality TV show Boot Camp.
- The BBC's mini-series The State Within.
- Judy Canova, film actress and entertainer, was born in Starke.
- Doyle Edward Conner, Sr, Florida politician, was born in Starke.
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- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Starke city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- The official web site of the City of Starke, Florida states: "George W. Cole, a land speculator and developer, attracted here by the prospects of growth following arrival of the railroad, obtained title to a 40-acre tract on both sides of the railroad for a reputed $100. This section of land is still known in legal description as 'The Original Town of Starke.'...One legend has it that the post office was given the name of Starke in honor of Mr. Cole's fiancée, whose family name was Starke. Another account has it that the town was named in honor of Madison Starke Perry, Governor of Florida from 1857 to 1861. No one actually knows which version of the naming is correct." http://www.cityofstarke.org/historyofstarke.html
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- "G.I. Jane Filming Locations". IMDB, An Amazon Company. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
- "Tigerland Filming Locations". IMDB, An Amazon Company. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
- "FDOT Bradford County Freight & Logistics Overview" (PDF). Florida Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
- "Boot Camp Filming Locations". IMDB, An Amazon Company. Retrieved March 21, 2014.