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Williston, Florida
Southbound US 27-41 and SR 121 about to split in Williston, Florida
Southbound US 27-41 and SR 121 about to split in Williston, Florida
Motto(s): 
"Gateway to the Nature Coast"
Location in Levy County and the state of Florida
Location in Levy County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 29°23′13″N 82°26′48″W / 29.38694°N 82.44667°W / 29.38694; -82.44667Coordinates: 29°23′13″N 82°26′48″W / 29.38694°N 82.44667°W / 29.38694; -82.44667
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Levy
Area
 • Total 6.66 sq mi (17.26 km2)
 • Land 6.65 sq mi (17.21 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
75 ft (23 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,768
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,735
 • Density 411.53/sq mi (158.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
32696
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-77825
GNIS feature ID 0293351
Williston, Florida Welcome Sign
Welcome sign for Williston, Florida, March 2019

Williston is a city in Levy County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 2,768. The city was established before 1885 by J.M. Willis, who named it after himself.

Geography

Williston is located at 29°23′13″N 82°26′48″W / 29.38694°N 82.44667°W / 29.38694; -82.44667 (29.386811, -82.446706).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.5 km2), of which 0.019 square miles (0.05 km2), or 0.27%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 184
1910 371 101.6%
1920 823 121.8%
1930 940 14.2%
1940 890 −5.3%
1950 1,323 48.7%
1960 1,582 19.6%
1970 1,939 22.6%
1980 2,240 15.5%
1990 2,179 −2.7%
2000 2,297 5.4%
2010 2,768 20.5%
2019 (est.) 2,735 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,297 people, 836 households, and 580 families residing in the city. The population density was 379.0 inhabitants per square mile (146.3/km2). There were 915 housing units at an average density of 151.0 per square mile (58.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 73.44% White, 22.81% African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.44% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.57% of the population.

There were 836 households, out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out, with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,795, and the median income for a family was $26,918. Males had a median income of $22,331 versus $20,634 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,628. About 22.4% of families and 22.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.1% of those under age 18 and 22.5% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

The area includes Two Tails Ranch, an exotic animal refuge specializing in elephants. Kirby Family Farm, an educational farm open to the public, is also in the Williston area and features the Great America Railway, its own 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railroad for its guests to enjoy.

Williston hosts the Central Florida Harvest and Peanut Festival every October.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Williston has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Education

School Board of Levy County operates public schools:

  • Williston High School (6-12)
  • Williston Elementary School (3-5)
  • Joyce Bullock Elementary School (PK-2)

Library

Levy County provides Williston with a local library branch. The Williston Public Library is located in the former, historic Perkins State Bank; one of Florida's oldest banks.

Sports

Devil's Den and Blue Grotto

Williston is home to Devil's Den and Blue Grotto, popular diving spots and part of the extensive underground spring system present in the area.

Kentucky Derby

Williston is the birthplace of Foolish Pleasure, winner of the 1975 Kentucky Derby.

Infrastructure

Transportation

The area includes Williston Municipal Airport (X60), a city-owned, public-use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) southwest of the central business district of Williston.

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