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Economic yearbook 2011

North Central - Yearbook

Cynthia Barnett | 4/1/2011

Bradford / union counties

Bradford Population: 30,409
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 1.20%
Population by Age:
0-14
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
16.8%
5.1% 31.6% 32.7% 13.8%
Per Capita Income: $26,924

Union Population: 14,808
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 1.50%
Population by Age:
0-14
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
16.2% 5.1% 34.8% 34.0% 9.9%
Per Capita Income: $20,014

Bradford and Union are focused on retaining jobs and diversifying industry, especially given Gov. Rick Scott's prison-reform plans that include shifting some inmates from state to private facilities. Five major correctional institutions are located in the two counties. The North Florida Regional Council for Economic Development has focused on bringing new companies and residents to the State Road 100 corridor that runs from Keystone Heights/Melrose in western Clay through Starke in Bradford and to Lake Butler and Worthington Springs in Union. The council plans to hire an economic-development specialist this year and hopes Bradford will be included in the foreign trade zone through the Jacksonville Port Authority, bringing port-related activity to the region. Another long hoped-for amenity, broadband, will be in place within 18 months.

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