Duval County

Duval County, Florida

Duval County is a county located in the State of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 864,263, with a 2015 estimate at 913,010. Its county seat is Jacksonville, with which the Duval County government has been consolidated since 1968. Duval County was established in 1822, and is named for William Pope Duval, Governor of Florida Territory from 1822 to 1834.

History:
This area had been settled by varying cultures of indigenous peoples for thousands of years before European contact. Within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Jacksonville, archeologists have excavated remains of some of the oldest pottery in the United States, dating to 2500 BCE. Prior to European contact, the area was inhabited by the Mocama, a Timucuan-speaking group who lived throughout the coastal areas of northern Florida. At the time Europeans arrived, much of what is now Duval County was controlled by the Saturiwa, one of the most powerful tribes in the region. The area that became Duval County was home to the 16th-century French colony of Fort Caroline, and saw increased European settlement in the 18th century with the establishment of Cowford, later renamed Jacksonville.

Duval County was created in 1822 from St. Johns County. 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 River on the west to the Atlantic Ocean on the east, north of a line from the mouth of the Suwannee River to Jacksonville on the St. Johns River. Alachua and Nassau counties were created out of parts of Duval County in 1824. Clay County 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.

Government:
On October 1, 1968, the government of Duval County was consolidated with the government of the city of Jacksonville. The Duval County cities of Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Jacksonville Beach, and Neptune Beach, are not included in the corporate limits of Jacksonville, and maintain their own municipal governments. All services that would normally be provided by a county government are provided by the city of Jacksonville.

Geography:
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 918 square miles, of which 762 square miles is land and 156 square miles (17.0%) is water. The topography is coastal plain; however there are some rolling hills.

National protected areas

Adjacent counties

2010 Census
U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Ethnic/Race Demographics:
In 2010, 6.7% of the population considered themselves to be of only "American" ancestry (regardless of race or ethnicity.)

There were 342,450 households out of which 28.68% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.92% were married couples living together, 16.74% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.27% were non-families. 24.85% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.05% (2.29% male and 5.76% female) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.8 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $49,463, and the median income for a family was $60,114. Males had a median income of $42,752 versus $34,512 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,854. About 10.4% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those aged 65 or over.

In 2010, 9.0% of the county's population was foreign born, with 49.5% being naturalized American citizens. Of foreign-born residents, 38.2% were born in Latin America, 35.6% born in Asia, 17.9% were born in Europe, 5.8% born in Africa, 2.0% in North America, and 0.5% were born in Oceania.

Languages

As of 2010, 87.36% of all residents spoke English as their first language, while 5.74% spoke Spanish, 1.18% Tagalog, 0.53% Arabic, 0.48% Serbo-Croatian, 0.47% Vietnamese, and 0.46% of the population spoke French Creole (mostly Haitian Creole,) as their mother language.[20] In total, 12.64% of the population spoke languages other than English as their primary language.

Politics

Voter registration

According to the Secretary of State's office, Democrats comprise a plurality of registered voters in Duval County.

Duval County Voter Registration & Party Enrollment as of September 30, 2015
Political Party Total Voters Percentage
Democratic
220,483
40.98%

Republican
197,916
36.79%

Independent
102,533
19.06%

Third Parties
17,058
3.17%

Total 537,990 100.00%

Statewide elections

Due to the 1968 consolidation, the Mayor and the Jacksonville City Council serve as the governing body instead of the Board of County Commissioners.

Previous Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 48.48% 211,672 47.12% 205,704 4.4% 19,197
2012 51.27% 211,615 47.67% 196,737 1.06% 4,381
2008 50.53% 210,537 48.63% 202,618 0.85% 3,538
2004 57.78% 220,190 41.62% 158,610 0.59% 2,261
2000 57.49% 152,460 40.74% 108,039 1.77% 4,682
1996 49.95% 126,857 44.21% 112,258 5.84% 14,828
1992 49.46% 123,480 36.86% 92,010 13.68% 34,143
Previous Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2014 54.22% 146,407 41.49% 112,026 4.29% 11,600
2010 51.60% 135,074 45.88% 120,097 2.52% 6,614
2006 58.86% 132,607 38.93% 87,718 2.21% 4,972
2002 61.35% 148,923 38.01% 92,263 0.64% 1,556
1998 60.15% 111,716 39.85% 74,016 0.00% 4
1994 57.22% 108,900 42.53% 80,945 0.25% 471


Duval County, Florida

Jaguar Stadium

Jaguar Stadium
Jaguar Stadium

Duval County Courthouse

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Updated: 25th May, 2019 3:17 PM.