Fastest Growing Local Economy in Florida Is?

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As seen on, they listed the fastest growing economies in each state. I was thinking maybe Ocala would be the top, but our neighboring county made the list. Levy County offers low property taxes, comparably low property values, and a great place for horseman to ride. Folks that don't need to be close to The World Equestrian Center but want to enjoy our sunshine and be closer to the ocean, Levy County is a great option!

Call Mary Luster and Jeff Magoteaux  for all your options with Florida real estate!

Florida: Levy County
> GDP change 2013-2018: +62.1% (county) +18.0% (state)
> 2018 county GDP: $1.1 billion (0.1% of state GDP)
> Fastest growing industry: Real estate and rental and leasing
> Unemployment change 2013-2018: -4.4 ppt. (8.2% to 3.8%)
> Median household income: $37,634 (county) $53,267 (state)
> Largest place in county: Williston

Williston is located at 29°23′13″N 82°26′48″W (29.386811, -82.446706).[8]

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.[6]U.S. Decennial Census[9]
As of the census[4] 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[edit]
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[10] railroad for its guests to enjoy.

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

Devil's Den and Blue Grotto[edit]
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.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

Kentucky Derby[edit]
Williston is the birthplace of Foolish Pleasure, winner of the 1975 Kentucky Derby.[17]

The area includes Williston Municipal Airport (X60) and Foss Foam Products of Florida, a sailboat manufacturing company that produces more rudders than any other company in the United States.

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.[18]

School Board of Levy County operates public schools:

Williston High School (6-12)
Williston Elementary School (3-5)
Joyce Bullock Elementary School (PK-2)
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.[19]

^ "City of Williston, Florida". City of Williston, Florida. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2017.
^ Jump up to:a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved December 7, 2019.
^ Jump up to:a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
^ Jump up to:a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Williston city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
^ Morris, Allen (1995). Florida Place Names. p. 256. ISBN 9781561645060.
^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
^ Surviving Steam Locomotives in Florida
^ Blue Grotto dive resort owner rejects $2 million purchase offer
^ On the auction block - Diving paradise could become new source for bottled water, Ocala Star Banner
^ Blue Grotto, Underwater Florida
^ Blue Grotto, Florida Caves
^ Devil's Den: Underground and Open Air, Dive Training Magazine
^ Dive right in -- the view's fine at Devil's Den, Orlando Sentinel
^ A renaissance for Williston?, Gainesville Sun
^ Climate Summary for Williston, Florida
^ "University of North Florida Digital Commons". Retrieved 22 April 2016.
External links[edit]

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