Nassau County, Florida
|County of Nassau|
|Founded||December 29, 1824|
|Named for||Duchy of Nassau|
|• Total||726 sq mi (1,880 km2)|
|• Land||649 sq mi (1,680 km2)|
|• Water||77 sq mi (200 km2) 10.6%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||118/sq mi (46/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Nassau County is a county in the state of Florida. As of 2000, 57,663 people lived there. The U.S. Census Bureau 2008 estimate for the county was 69,835. Its county seat is Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Nassau County is part of the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan area.
History[change | change source]
Law and government[change | change source]
Nassau County is governed by the five-member Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, who are elected to four-year terms by the voters. The terms are set up so that either three or two commissioners (alternately) are up for election every two years.
The main environmental and agricultural body is the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District, which works closely with other area agencies.
Local law enforcement is conducted by the Nassau County Sheriff's Office.
Land[change | change source]
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 725.86 square miles (1,880.0 km2), of which 651.55 square miles (1,687.5 km2) (or 89.76%) is land and 74.30 square miles (192.4 km2) (or 10.24%) is water, much of it in the Atlantic Ocean. Fernandina Beach is located on Amelia Island, the county’s only island with people living on it.
Counties nearby[change | change source]
- Camden County, Georgia - north
- Duval County, Florida - south
- Baker County, Florida - southwest
- Charlton County, Georgia - west
Current major highways[change | change source]
Freeways and expressways[change | change source]
Surface roads[change | change source]
- US 1 (New Kings Road)
- US 17
- US 23
- US 301
- SR 2 (Crawford Road)
- SR 15A (Mickler Street)
- SR 108 (River Road/Brandies Avenue/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue)
- SR 115 (Lem Turner Road)
- SR 119
- SR 200 (Buccaneer Trail)
People[change | change source]
As of the census of 2000, there were 57,663 people, 21,980 households, and 16,528 families living in the county. The population density was 34/km² (88/sq mi). There were 25,917 housing units at an average density of 15/km² (40/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 90.02% White, 7.74% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 1.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 21,980 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.20% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.80% were not related. 20.10% of all households were made up of people living alone and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $46,022, and the median income for a family was $52,477. Males had a median income of $37,027 versus $25,443 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,836. About 6.40% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.90% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.
Education[change | change source]
Cities and towns[change | change source]
Incorporated[change | change source]
Unincorporated[change | change source]
- Amelia City
- American Beach
- Kings Ferry
- Nassau Village-Ratliff
- Yulee Heights
Local media[change | change source]
There are four newspapers in Nassau County. The largest, the Fernandina Beach News-Leader, is owned by Community Newspapers Incorporated, a media company headed by Tom Wood and Dink NeSmith. The Nassau County Record is also owned by Community Newspapers Incorporated. Both of these are available by subscription or from newsstands. The Westside Journal, an independent newspaper, is published by Florida Sun Printing, and is available for free through the mail and usually features submitted stories. My Nassau Sun Archived 2010-01-21 at the Wayback Machine, a community section of The Florida Times-Union, is also available for free by subscription for delivery cost.
Historic places[change | change source]
- Hoyt House, 804 Atlantic Avenue,
- Historic Nassau County Courthouse, 416 Centre Street
- United States Post Office, Custom House, and Courthouse (Fernandina, Florida, 1912), NE corner Centre and 4th streets
References[change | change source]
- 2016 Population
- https://www.census.gov/popest/counties/tables/CO-EST2005-01-12.xlscensus.gov Archived 2011-10-13 at the Wayback Machine
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
Further reading[change | change source]
- Jan H. Johannes, Yesterday's Reflections, (1976, 1984)
- Jan H. Johannes, Yesterday's Reflections II, (2000) ISBN 978-0-9677419-0-1
- Jan H. Johannes, Tidewater Amelia: Historic homes & buildings of Amelia Island, Cumberland Island, St. Marys, Fort George Island, (2002) ISBN 978-0-9677419-2-5
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Nassau County, Florida.|
Economy[change | change source]
- Amelia Island Plantation
- Federal Aviation Administration Air Route Traffic Control Center ZJX
- The Ritz Carlton Archived 2005-02-07 at the Wayback Machine
Local media[change | change source]
- Fernandina Beach News-Leader
- Nassau County Record
- Florida Times-Union in Nassau County Archived 2005-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
Cultural[change | change source]
- Amelia Island Genealogical Society
- Nassau County Writers and Poets Society Archived 2006-12-05 at the Wayback Machine
- Fort Clinch
[change | change source]
- Nassau County Clerk of Courts official website for County Government
- Nassau County Board of County Commissioners Archived 2004-11-28 at the Wayback Machine
- Nassau County Supervisor of Elections
- Nassau County Property Appraiser
- Nassau County Sheriff's Office Archived 2004-10-20 at the Wayback Machine
- Nassau County Public Library Archived 2006-10-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Nassau County Tax Collector Archived 2005-12-14 at the Wayback Machine
Special districts[change | change source]
- Nassau County School District
- St. Johns River Water Management District
- Nassau County Economic Development Board
- Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District
Judicial branch[change | change source]
- Public Defender, 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine serving Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties
- Office of the State Attorney, 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida
- Circuit and County Court, 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida