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Live Oak is a city in Suwannee Countymarker, Floridamarker. The city is the county seat of Suwannee County and is located east of Tallahassee, Floridamarker. The population was 6,480 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 6,828 [16637].

U.S. Highway 90, U.S. Highway 129 and Interstate 10 are major highways running through Live Oak.

One other Floridamarker county also has a community named Live Oak, which is located in Washington Countymarker.


There is a lot of debating when it comes to the accurate date of when Live Oak was founded. Nobody really knows for there is no recorded dates. But there are some artifacts which lead to the debating. It averages between 1850 and 1875.The town started out as a resting area for the railroad workers of the late 1800s. The railroad workers would stop and eat out by a fully grown water oak. Eventually, everyone started to like the place so some of the engineers and workers started to build houses. After the houses came, then the businesses and by 1885, we have ourselves a town.The city was almost completely built and designed by one man, Thomas Dowling. He built and designed the courthouse, water tower, sewage system, water lines, and the famous Dowling house (a.k.a. The Grace Manor Restaurant).


Live Oak is located at . Live Oak is located within Suwannee County, which is surrounded on three sides by the Suwannee Rivermarker made famous by Stephen Foster.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , all land.

The land mass of Suwannee County sits on a limestone bed riddled with underground freshwater streams that surface in dozens of beautiful springs. This phenomenon, known as "Karst topography," gives the area a local supply of renewable fresh water and abundant sources of fishing. It is also known as a world class cave diving site for SCUBA enthusiasts.


As of the census of 2000, there were 6,480 people, 2,361 households, and 1,562 families residing in the city. The population density was 931.7/sq mi (359.5/km²). There were 2,745 housing units at an average density of 394.7/sq mi (152.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 58.24% White, 37.65% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.84% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.61% of the population.

There were 2,361 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,380, and the median income for a family was $29,099. Males had a median income of $22,403 versus $20,154 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,374. About 19.6% of families and 23.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.9% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable Residents

  • Andra Davis - While at the University of Florida, he was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference choice and a Butkus Award (nation’s best linebacker) semifinalist during his senior season. He received All-America honors at Suwanee High School in Live Oak, Fla., and was born on Dec. 23, 1978.
  • Kelly Jennings - Drafted with the 31st selection in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
  • Larod Fleming: moved to Gainesville FL in 2001. Shortly afterward, he began playing semi-pro football for the Gainesville Thunder and Alachua Saints.
  • Bruce Johnson - Cornerback for the New York Giants.


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