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Duval County is a county located in the U.S. state of Floridamarker. As of 2000, the population was 778,879. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county was 826,436 [11122]. Its county seat is Jacksonville, Floridamarker .

History

Duval County was created in 1822 from St. Johns Countymarker. It was named for William Pope DuVal, Governor of Florida Territory from 1822 to 1834. When Duval County was created, it covered a massive area, from the Suwannee Rivermarker on the west to the Atlantic Ocean on the east, north of a line from the mouth of the Suwannee River to Jacksonvillemarker on the St. Johns River. Alachua and Nassaumarker counties were created out of parts of Duval County in 1824. Clay Countymarker was created from part of Duval County in 1858. Part of St. Johns County south and east of the lower reaches of the St. Johns River was transferred to Duval County in the 1840s.Fernald, Edward A., Ed. (1981) Atlas of Florida. The Florida State University Foundation, Inc. ISBN 0-9606708-0-7 P.131

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[http://fcit.usf.edu/Florida/maps/county/clay/clay.htm Clay County Maps


On October 1, 1968, the government of Duval County was consolidated with the government of the city of Jacksonvillemarker, although the Duval County cities of Atlantic Beachmarker, Baldwinmarker, Jacksonville Beachmarker, and Neptune Beachmarker are not included in the corporate limits of Jacksonville, and maintain their own municipal governments.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 918 square miles (2,378 km²), of which, 774 square miles (2,004 km²) of it is land and 145 square miles (374 km²) of it is water, much of it in the Atlantic Ocean. The total area is 15.74% water. The topography is coastal plain; however there are some rolling hills.

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Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 778,879 people, 303,747 households, and 201,688 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,007 people per square mile (389/km²). There were 329,778 housing units at an average density of 426 per square mile (165/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 65.80% White, 27.83% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 2.71% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.31% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. 4.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 90.7% spoke English, 4.1% Spanish and 1.0% Tagalog as their first language.

There were 303,747 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.50% were married couples living together, 15.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.60% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 32.40% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,703, and the median income for a family was $47,689. Males had a median income of $32,954 versus $26,015 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,753. About 9.20% of families and 11.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.40% of those under age 18 and 11.60% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

According to the Supervisor of Elections website, for the 2008 General Election there were 536,584 registered voters in Duval County, of which 417,599 cast ballots for a voter turnout of 77.83%.
Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2008 50.5% 48.6% 0.9%
2004 57.8% 41.6% 0.6%
2000 57.5% 40.7% 1.8%
1996 50.0% 44.2% 5.8%
1992 49.5% 36.9% 13.9%
1988 62.8% 36.7% 0.5%


References

  1. Duval County 2008 General Election
  2. Duval County 2004 General Election - URL retrieved February 12, 2007
  3. ElectionResults_2000-11-7.pdf Duval County 2000 General Election] - PDF retrieved February 12, 2007
  4. Duval County, Florida 1996 Presidential Election Results - URL retrieved February 12, 2007
  5. Duval County, Florida 1992 Presidential Election Results - URL retrieved February 12, 2007
  6. Duval County, Florida 1988 Presidential Election Results - URL retrieved February 12, 2007


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