Duval County Florida Located in North East Florida
Duval County Cities
|Atlantic Blvd Estates
||Isle of Palms
||Isle of Palms South
|Dames Point Junction
Land area (rank): 776 square miles (26)
Population 1993 (rank): 701,608 (7)
Population density 1993 (rank): 904 persons per square mile (5)
Growth 1980-1990 (rank): 17.9% (53)
Duval County is in northeast Florida and is bordered by the
Atlantic Ocean and Nassau, Baker, Clay, and St. Johns counties.
The county has 74 square miles of water. The average January temperature
is 55.2 degrees F, and the average August temperature is 81.4
degrees F. The average annual rainfall is 58.20 inches.
Duval County was established in 1822 from St. Johns County
and was named for William Pope Duval, first territorial governor
of Florida. Jacksonville was nearly destroyed by fire in 1901.
One of the largest ports in the state, Jacksonville developed
a substantial shipbuilding industry during World War II.
In 1993 nearly 95% of Duval County's population was within
the incorporated area of Jacksonville (661,243 persons in 1993).
The U.S. Bureau of the Census has designated Duval County, as
well as Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns counties, as the Jacksonville
Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1993, 73% of Duval County's
population was white and 27% was nonwhite. In 1990, 2.6% of the
population was Hispanic. Of the population increase between 1980
and 1990, 39.7% was due to net migration. The 1992 birth rate
for the county was 18.2 live births per 1,000 persons, and the
1992 death rate was 8.2 deaths per 1,000 persons. In 1992 the
infant mortality rate was 8.7 per 1,000. The leading causes of
death in 1993 were heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Of all 1992 high school graduates, 61.4% planned to continue
their education. The 1992 high school dropout rate was 9.6%. In
1990, 76.9% of persons in the county were high school graduates,
and 18.4% had completed four or more years of college. Colleges
and universities. Southern Illinois University Center, Cecil Field;
Central Michigan University Center Institute for Personal and
Career Development, Edward Waters College, Florida Community College
at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, Jones College, Luther
Rice Seminary: Florida Center, Trinity Baptist College, University
of North Florida, Jacksonville.
The per capita income in 1993 was $19,603 (16th highest in
the state). The median household income in 1989 was $28,513. In
1989, 9.8 % of families had incomes below the poverty level. In
1990, 15.0% of personal income in Duval County was derived from
transfer payments. Jacksonville is a major insurance, banking,
and shipping center as well as the site of a naval air station
and many state offices, including the Vital Statistics Office
of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. In 1992
there were 378 farms in Duval County, totalling 40,039 acres (7%
of the total land in the county). In 1991, 23,220 thousand board
feet of softwood logs and 99,379 cords of softwood for pulp were
produced. In 1991, 2,044,424 pounds of fish and 1,646,553 pounds
of shellfish were landed in Duval County.
Median value of a single-family home 1990: $64,000
Median monthly rent 1990: $355
Mobile homes as a % of total housing: 7.7
Housing starts 1992: 4,580
Housing starts 1993: 4,472
In 1992 the price level index for Duval County was 97.43 (17th
highest in the state).
Duval County is a charter county. In 1993, the ad valorem millage
rate was 11.1628, and the total taxable value of property was
$19,338,563,479. Taxable sales totalled $6872.40 million in 1992
and $7411.20 million in 1993. Lottery sales totalled $108,200
thousand in 1992-93. In 1990-91 Duval County's revenues totalled
$1,646,457 thousand ($2,562.9 per capita) and its expenditures
$1,743,883 ($2,714.5 per capita). Of those 18 years of age and
older, 68.4% were registered to vote in 1992. Of these, 61.9%
were registered Democrat and 31.7% were registered Republican.
In the 1992 presidential election, 49.5% of the votes were cast
for Bush, 36.9% for Clinton, and 13.4% for Perot.
Events and Places of Interest
Mazda Gator Bowl, January, Jacksonville Film Festival, April,
Riverwalk Arts and Crafts Festival, May, Greater Jacksonville
Agricultural Fair, National Jazz Festival, October; Anheuser-Busch
Brewery Tour, Ft. Caroline National Memorial, Jacksonville Art
Museum, Jacksonville Zoological Park, Kingsley Plantation State
Historic Site; Museum of Science and Industry; Riverwalk. Mazda
Gator Bowl, January, Jacksonville Film Festival, April, Riverwalk
Arts and Crafts Festival, May, Greater Jacksonville Agricultural
Fair, National Jazz Festival, October; Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Tour, Ft. Caroline National Memorial, Jacksonville Art Museum,
Jacksonville Zoological Park, Kingsley Plantation State Historic
Site; Museum of Science and Industry; Riverwalk.