Cedar Key

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This island community – named for the Eastern red Cedar tree — is a story by itself, dating back to even before the time pirates prowled off the coast and, as the legend goes, hid some of their treasure nearby. Artifacts collected around the area show human habitation going back to 500 BC.

The Seminole Indians lived here, and numerous pirates were said to have frequented the area. Aside from being the site of the state’s first railroad, Cedar Key boasts the title of No. 1 producer of farm-raised clams; shellfish is the biggest industry here.

A popular tourist spot, shops and restaurants line Dock Street, where kayak and paddleboard rentals or a fishing charter can provide exploration to the surrounding islands in the Gulf of Mexico. The George T. Lewis general aviation airport is also east of town.

The airport was used for air and sea rescue operations on World War II; it is miles from the Gainesville Regional Airport and 43 miles from the Ocala International Airport.

Population

Total Population

805

Population
Growth Rate

-0.02%

Median Age

62

Diversity Index

21.500

Housing & Income

Households

375

Total Housing Units

675


Owner Occupied

241

Renter Occupied

134

Vacant

300

Median Home Value

$297,596


Average Home Value

$376,452

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.00%


Per Capita Income

3.41%

Income Projection

Median Household

$61,573 $65,601


Average Household

$95,347 $112,623


Per Capita

$44,416 $52,530

Workforce

Total Businesses

79

Total Employed

457

Workers 16+

269

2023 Accommodation / Food Service

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Businesses

23

Employed

161

2023 Food Service / Drinking Est.

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Businesses

9

Employed

98

2023 Accommodation Businesses

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Businesses

14

Employed

63

2023 Retail Trade Businesses

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Businesses

11

Employed

51

2023 Educational Services - Businesses

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Businesses

1

Employed

43

2023 Real Estate / Rent / Leasing

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Businesses

8

Employed

38

Some
High School

22

Graduated
High School

159

Associates
Degree

47

Bachelor's
Degree

154

Graduate
Degree

163

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

225

Non-Resident Commuters

33

Drive Alone

190

Carpooled

0

Public

0

Work At Home

51