Waldo, Florida

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Waldo, Florida
Waldo City Hall
Waldo City Hall
Location in Alachua County and the state of Florida
Location in Alachua County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 29°47′23″N 82°10′15″W / 29.78972°N 82.17083°W / 29.78972; -82.17083Coordinates: 29°47′23″N 82°10′15″W / 29.78972°N 82.17083°W / 29.78972; -82.17083
Country United States
State Florida
County Alachua
 • MayorLouie Davis
 • City managerKim Worley
 • Total2.27 sq mi (5.89 km2)
 • Land2.18 sq mi (5.64 km2)
 • Water0.10 sq mi (0.25 km2)
167 ft (51 m)
 • Total1,015
 • Estimate 
 • Density472.91/sq mi (182.57/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)352
FIPS code12-74925[3]
GNIS feature ID0292824[4]

Waldo is a city in Alachua County, Florida, United States. According to the 2010 census the population was 1,015,[5] up from 821 in 2000.[6]

Speed trap[edit]

In 2012, Waldo was ranked #3 in a National Motorists Association listing of its "Worst Speed Trap Cities" in North America (with a population of less than 50,000).[7] As of 2 September 2014, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was conducting an investigation of Waldo's ticketing following allegations of ticketing quotas, with two police chiefs having been suspended.[8] As of October 1, 2014 the town's police force has been disbanded.[9] The city council vote was 4-1.[10]

In August 2018, the DMV officially lifted the designation of "Speed Trap" for the town of Waldo.

The city currently uses Alachua County Sheriff's Department as their assigned police force.


Waldo is located at 29°47′23″N 82°10′15″W / 29.78972°N 82.17083°W / 29.78972; -82.17083 (29.789831, -82.170881).[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km2), of which 0.015 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.74%, is water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,030[2]1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,015 people, 413 households, and 245 families residing in the city. Of the 489 housing units 413 were occupied for an occupancy rate of 84.5%. The racial makeup of the city was 70.2% White, 25.9% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 1.6% some other race, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race made up 3.2% of the population.[13]

Of the 413 households, 245 or 59.3% were families and 128 or 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them. 144 households were headed by married couples living together which made up 34.9%, 79 households or 19.1% had a female householder with no husband present, while 22 or 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present. Non-family households made up 40.7% or 168 households. The average household size was 2.45 while the average family size was 3.10.[13]

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.1% under age 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25-44, 26.9% from 45-64, and 15.5% aged 65 and over. The median age was 38.4 years. 51.3% of the population was female while 48.7% of the population was male.[13]

For the period 2007-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the city was $28,167, and the median income for a family was $36,375. Male full-time workers had a median income of $33,021 versus $30,597 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,693. About 30.3% of families and 34.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.2% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.[14]


Waldo is served by the School Board of Alachua County. Upon closure of Waldo Community School in 2016, elementary students are now zoned for Chester Shell Elementary in Hawthorne. Students in sixth through twelfth grade attend Hawthorne Middle/High School in nearby Hawthorne.[15] The Alachua County Library District operates a branch library in the city.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Waldo city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Waldo, FL Population".
  7. ^ "Nationwide Poll Reveals Top U.S. and Canadian Speed Traps" (PDF). National Motorists Association. August 28, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2012.
  8. ^ "Infamous Speed Trap Town Investigated Over Tickets".
  9. ^ http://www.news4jax.com/news/future-of-waldo-police-to-be-decided/28328536
  10. ^ "Waldo Votes to Disband its Police Force" (Archive). Associated Press at WCTV. Retrieved on October 2, 2014.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Waldo city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  14. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Waldo city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  15. ^ Alachua County Public Schools: Schools and Centers Archived 2011-12-17 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Alachua County Library District: Waldo

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