Welaka, Florida

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Welaka is a town in Putnam County, Florida. The population was 586 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2004 estimates, the town had a population of 604.



Welaka is located at 29°28′54″N 81°40′18″W / 29.48167°N 81.67167°W / 29.48167; -81.67167 (29.481556, -81.671555).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.6 km² (1.4 mi²). 3.5 km² (1.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (2.86%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 586 people, 276 households, and 173 families residing in the town. The population density was 166.4/km² (431.4/mi²). There were 368 housing units at an average density of 104.5/km² (270.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.06% White, 28.84% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 2.22% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.41% of the population.

There were 276 households out of which 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.63.

In the town the population was spread out with 17.2% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 19.6% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 27.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,069, and the median income for a family was $30,938. Males had a median income of $29,583 versus $20,938 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,495. About 15.8% of families and 25.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.2% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

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