Bradford County Florida Located in North Florida
Bradford County Cities
Land area (rank): 293 square miles (65)
Population 1993 (rank): 23,312 (49)
Population density 1993 (rank): 80 persons per square mile (36)
Growth 1980-1990 (rank): 12.5% (57)
Bradford County is southwest of Jacksonville, northeast of
Gainesville, and is bordered by Alachua, Union, Baker, Clay, and
Putnam counties. The county has 7 square miles of water. The average
January temperature is 55.9 degrees F, and the average August
temperature is 81.4 degrees F. The average annual rainfall is
Bradford County was established as New River County in 1858
from portions of Columbia and Alachua counties. It was renamed
in 1861 in honor of Captain Richard Bradford, the first Florida
officer killed in the Civil War. Population. In 1993 nearly three-quarters
of Bradford County's population was in unincorporated areas. The
largest city is Starke with a 1993 population of 5,097. Lawtey,
Hampton, and Booker all had populations less than 1,000 in 1993.
The U.S. Bureau of the Census has designated Bradford County and
Alachua County as the Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In 1993, 78% of Bradford County's population was white and 22%
was nonwhite. In 1990, 1.9% of the population was Hispanic. Of
the population increase between 1980 and 1990, 50.0% was due to
net migration. The 1992 birth rate for the county was 13.4 live
births per 1,000 persons, and the 1992 death rate was 10.4 deaths
per 1,000 persons. In 1992 the infant mortality rate was 3.3 per
1,000. The leading causes of death in 1993 were cancer, heart
disease, and stroke.
Of all 1992 high school graduates, 40.2% planned to continue
their education. The 1992 high school dropout rate for the county
was 5.4%. In 1990, 65.0% of persons in the county were high school
graduates, and 8.1% had completed four or more years of college.
Colleges and universities. Served by Santa Fe Community College
The per capita income in Bradford County for 1993 was $13,944
(51st highest in the state). The median household income in 1989
was $24,625. In 1989, 12.0% of families had incomes below the
poverty level. In 1990, 23.1% of personal income in Bradford County
was derived from transfer payments. In 1992, the greatest numbers
of persons in Bradford County were employed in the government,
retail trade, and services sectors. Florida State Prison, Starke,
is a major employer of county residents. In the retail trade sector,
eating and drinking establishments and food stores employed the
greatest numbers of persons. Lumber and wood products firms accounted
for the most employment in the manufacturing sector. In 1991,
26,963 thousand board feet of softwood logs and 139,822 cords
of softwood for pulp were produced in the county. In 1992 there
were 315 farms in Bradford County, totalling 36,263 acres (19%
of land in the county). Leading agricultural products include
poultry, corn, hay, and vegetables.
Median value of a single-family home 1990: $49,300
Median monthly rent 1990: $223
Mobile homes as a % of total housing 1990: 29.7
Housing starts (1992): 53
Housing starts (1993): 68
In 1992 the price level index for Bradford County was 92.92
(43rd highest in the state).
In 1993, the ad valorem millage rate was 7.3770, and the total
taxable value of property was $331,807,425. Taxable sales totalled
$106.40 million in 1992 and $99.80 million in 1993. Lottery sales
totalled $2,770 thousand in 1992-93. In 1990-91 Bradford County's
revenues totalled $8,879 thousand ($390.3 per capita) and its
expenditures $8,856 thousand ($389.3 per capita). Of those 18
years of age and older, 57.4% were registered to vote in 1992.
Of these, 86.6% were registered Democrat and 10.7% were registered
Republican. In the 1992 presidential election, 44.0% of the votes
were cast for Bush, 36.5% for Clinton, and 18.9% for Perot.
Events and Places of Interest
Call Street Historic District, Old Bradford County Courthouse,
Starke; Bradford County Fair, April.