Bradford County, Florida

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Bradford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 26,088. The 2005 U.S. Census Bureau estimate for the county was 28,118 [1]. Its county seat is Starke, Florida[1]. Bradford County is the home of the Florida State Prison as well as several other state correctional facilities.



New River County was created in 1858. It was renamed Bradford County in 1861. It was named for Captain Richard Bradford, who fought in the American Civil War and was killed in the Battle of Santa Rosa Island. Union County was carved out of Bradford in 1921.[2]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 300 square miles (777.0 km2), of which 293 square miles (758.9 km2) is land and 7 square miles (18.1 km2) (2.30%) is water.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 26,088 people, 8,497 households, and 6,194 families residing in the county. The population density was 89 people per square mile (34/km²). There were 9,605 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.28% White, 20.79% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. 2.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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