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Florida CountiesIn 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today.In 1968, the electors of Florida granted local voters the power to adopt charters to govern their counties. Charters are formal written documents that confer powers, duties, or privileges on the county. To date, there are 19 charter Counties in Florida. Collectively these Counties are home to more than 75 percent of Florida's residents.
Levy County, Florida
Levy County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
David Levy (Yulee), US Senator, 1845-1851, 1855-1861.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Levy County was formed on the 10th of March 1845, from the Counties of Alachua and Marion. Alachua was formed in 1842 from Duval and St. Johns. Duval was formed in 1822 from the original St. Johns County. Marion was formed in 1844 from parts of Alachua, Hillsborough, and Mosquito, now Orange County in 1845. The County received its name from the first U.S. Senator from Florida, David Levy Yulee, whom also developed a 5,000 acre plantation on the Homosassa River. The town of Bronson was selected to be the County Seat.
Levy County is on the Gulf of Mexico, south of Gainesville and west of Ocala. It is bordered by Dixie, Gilchrist, Alachua, Marion, and Citrus counties. The county has 1,137 square miles of area. The average January temperature is 57.9 degrees F, and the average August temperature is 82.1 degrees F. The average annual rainfall is 45.30 inches.
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"