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Bradford County
Bradford County Courthouse
Bradford County Courthouse
Map of Florida highlighting Bradford County
Location within the U.S. state of Florida
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Country  United States
State  Florida
Founded December 31, 1858
Seat Starke
Largest city Starke
Area
 • Total 300 sq mi (800 km2)
 • Land 294 sq mi (760 km2)
 • Water 6.5 sq mi (17 km2)  2.2%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
28,201
 • Density 91/sq mi (35/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 3rd
Bradford County (Starke)
Bradford County Courthouse in Starke
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American Atheists bench and Ten Commandments display at the courthouse

Bradford County is a county in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,520. Its county seat is Starke. Bradford County is the home of the Florida State Prison as well as several other state correctional facilities. It is named after Richard H Bradford, a Confederate Captain who fought during the American Civil War.

History

New River County was created in 1858. It was renamed Bradford County in 1861. It was named for Captain Richard Bradford, who fought in the American Civil War and was killed in the Battle of Santa Rosa Island, becoming the first Confederate officer from Florida to die during the Civil War. Union County was carved out of Bradford in 1921.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 300 square miles (780 km2), of which 294 square miles (760 km2) is land and 6.5 square miles (17 km2) (2.2%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in Florida by land area and second-smallest by total area.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,820
1870 3,671 −3.9%
1880 6,112 66.5%
1890 7,516 23.0%
1900 10,295 37.0%
1910 14,090 36.9%
1920 12,503 −11.3%
1930 9,405 −24.8%
1940 8,717 −7.3%
1950 11,457 31.4%
1960 12,446 8.6%
1970 14,625 17.5%
1980 20,023 36.9%
1990 22,515 12.4%
2000 26,088 15.9%
2010 28,520 9.3%
2019 (est.) 28,201 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

At the 2000 census there were 26,088 people, 8,497 households, and 6,194 families in the county. The population density was 89 people per square mile (34/km2). There were 9,605 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 76.28% White, 20.79% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. 2.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 8,497 households 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.40% were married couples living together, 13.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 22.90% of households were one person and 9.70% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.01.

The age distribution was 21.90% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 32.10% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 127.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 132.50 males.

The median household income was $33,140 and the median family income was $39,123. Males had a median income of $29,494 versus $20,745 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,226. About 11.10% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.30% of those under age 18 and 17.60% of those age 65 or over.

Library

The main library serving Bradford County is the Bradford County Public Library. The current library director is Robert E. Perone.

Communities

Cities

Town

Education

Bradford County School District operates public schools. Bradford High School is the county's public high school.

The main library serving Bradford County is the Bradford County Public Library in Starke. As of 2013 the library director is Robert E. Perone.

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