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Dixie County
Dixie County Courthouse
Dixie County Courthouse
Official seal of Dixie County
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Map of Florida highlighting Dixie County
Location within the U.S. state of Florida
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Country  United States
State  Florida
Founded April 25, 1921
Seat Cross City
Largest town Cross City
Area
 • Total 864 sq mi (2,240 km2)
 • Land 705 sq mi (1,830 km2)
 • Water 159 sq mi (410 km2)  18.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
16,826
 • Density 24/sq mi (9/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Dixie County is a county located in the Big Bend region of the northern part of the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,422. Its county seat is Cross City.

History

Dixie County was created in 1921 from the southern portion of Lafayette County. "Dixie" is a common nickname for the southern United States.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 864 square miles (2,240 km2), of which 705 square miles (1,830 km2) is land and 159 square miles (410 km2) (18.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 6,419
1940 7,018 9.3%
1950 3,928 −44.0%
1960 4,479 14.0%
1970 5,480 22.3%
1980 7,751 41.4%
1990 10,585 36.6%
2000 13,827 30.6%
2010 16,422 18.8%
2019 (est.) 16,826 2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015 2019

As of the census of 2008, there were 14,957 people. In 2000 there were an estimated 5,205 households and 3,659 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km2). There were 7,362 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 88.80% White, 8.98% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. 1.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. In terms of ancestry, 39.7% were English, 15.2% were Irish, 14.7% were American, and 5.2% were German.

There were 5,205 households, out of which 27.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.90% were married couples living together, 10.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 23.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 22.10% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 113.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,082, and the median income for a family was $31,157. Males had a median income of $26,694 versus $17,863 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,559. About 14.50% of families and 19.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.90% of those under age 18 and 16.10% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest

  • City of Hawkinsville - sunken steamboat in the Suwannee River near Old Town, one of the Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserves.
  • Old Town Elementary School, now the Dixie County Cultural Center.
  • Old Town Methodist Church built in 1890 located behind the 1983 church building.

Library

The Dixie County Library is part of the Three Rivers Regional Library System, which also serves Gilchrist, Lafayette, and Taylor counties. It is located at 16328 SE 19th Highway, Cross City, FL 32628. The branch is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am–5:30pm. The current library director is Cindy Bellot.

Communities

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Putnam Lodge, in Shamrock

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Transportation

Airports

  • Dixie County Airport
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