Levy County Florida Located in North West Florida
Levy County Cities
Land area (rank): 1,100 square miles (10)
Population 1993 (rank): 28,236 (46)
Population density 1993 (rank): 26 persons per square mile (54)
Growth 1980-1990 (rank): 30.5% ( 33)
Levy County is on the Gulf of Mexico, south of Gainesville
and west of Ocala. It is bordered by Dixie, Gilchrist, Alachua,
Marion, and Citrus counties. The county has 72 square miles of
water. The average January temperature is 57.9 degrees F, and
the average August temperature is 82.1 degrees F. The average
annual rainfall is 45.30 inches.
Levy County was established in 1845 from a portion of Alachua
County and named for David Levy Yulee, first U.S. Senator from
Florida and developer of a 5,000-acre plantation on the Homosassa
River. Cedar Key was founded in 1850 and was the southern terminus
of the first railroad across Florida.
In 1993 approximately 70% of Levy County's population was in
unincorporated areas. The rest was scattered in small cities and
towns throughout the county. In 1993 the city of Williston had
the greatest population (2,227), followed by the city of Chiefland
(1,997), and the town of Inglis (1,290). Bronson, Cedar Key, Fanning
Springs (part), Otter Creek, and Yankeetown each had populations
under 1,000 in 1993. In 1993, 87% of Levy County's population
was white and 13% was nonwhite. In 1990, 1.9% of the population
was Hispanic. Of the population increase between 1980 and 1990,
91.8% was due to net migration. The 1992 birth rate was 14.1 live
births per 1,000 persons, and the 1992 death rate was 12.6 deaths
per 1,000 persons. In 1992 the infant mortality rate was 5.2 per
1,000. The leading causes of death in 1993 were heart disease,
cancer, and accidents.
Of all 1992 high school graduates, 15.6% planned to continue
their education. The 1992 high school dropout rate was 6.4%. In
1990, 62.8% of persons in the county were high school graduates,
and 8.3% had completed four or more years of college. Colleges
and universities. Served by Central Florida Community College
The per capita income in Levy County for 1993 was $13,472 (54th
highest in the state). The median household income in 1989 was
$18,807. In 1989, 16.6% of families had incomes below the poverty
level. In 1990, 26.4% of personal income in Levy County was derived
from transfer payments. The major employers in the retail trade
sector were eating and drinking establishments and food stores.
In the services sector the major employers were medical and other
health services and business services. In 1992 there were 473
farms in Levy County, totalling 190,553 acres (27% of land in
the county). Levy County's major agricultural products include
peanuts and watermelons. In 1991, 598,613 pounds of fish and 633,506
pounds of shellfish were landed in Levy County. In 1991, 36,502
thousand board feet of softwood logs, 108,727 cords of softwood
for pulp, and 15,665 cords of hardwood for pulp were produced.
Median value of a single-family home 1990: $49,100
Median monthly rent 1990: $214
Mobile homes as a % of total housing: 46.0
Housing starts 1992: 163
Housing starts 1993: 148
In 1992 the price level index for Levy County was 90.42 (62nd
highest in the state).
In 1993, the ad valorem millage rate was 9.1840, and the total
taxable value of property was $606,947,512. Taxable sales totalled
$125.90 million in 1992 and $125.80 million in 1993. Lottery sales
totalled $4,679 thousand in 1992-93. In 1990-91 Levy County's
revenues totalled $17,084 thousand ($640.3 per capita) and its
expenditures $16,348 thousand ($612.7 per capita). Of those 18
years of age and older, 68.6% were registered to vote in 1992.
Of these, 80.3% were registered Democrat and 17.0% were registered
Republican. In the 1992 presidential election 39.6% of the votes
were cast for Clinton, 34.7% for Bush, and 25.5% for Perot.
Events and Places of Interest
Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Show, Fanning Springs, March;
Sidewalk Art Festival, Cedar Key, April, Seafood Festival, Cedar
Key, October, Cedar Key State Museum.