Lawtey, Florida

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Lawtey is a city in Bradford County, Florida, United States. The population was 656 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 673 [1].

The city has received national attention and earned the dubious distinction of being one of only two official speed traps designated by the American Automobile Association (the other being Waldo a few miles to the south)[2], due to the city's strict enforcement of the local speed limit on U.S. Route 301 as it cuts through town.



Lawtey is located at 30°02′45″N 82°04′20″W / 30.045804°N 82.072127°W / 30.045804; -82.072127.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 656 people, 259 households, and 182 families residing in the city. The population density was 476.8 people per square mile (183.5/km²). There were 295 housing units at an average density of 214.4/sq mi (82.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 64.79% White, 32.16% African American, 1.22% Native American, 0.46% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.68% of the population.

There were 259 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

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