Yankeetown, Florida

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Yankeetown, Florida
CR 40 boat ramp off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Yankeetown, Florida
CR 40 boat ramp off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Yankeetown, Florida
Location in Levy County and the state of Florida
Location in Levy County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 29°2′N 82°43′W / 29.033°N 82.717°W / 29.033; -82.717Coordinates: 29°2′N 82°43′W / 29.033°N 82.717°W / 29.033; -82.717
Country United States
State Florida
County Levy
 • Total20.97 sq mi (54.31 km2)
 • Land7.73 sq mi (20.02 km2)
 • Water13.24 sq mi (34.29 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total502
 • Estimate 
 • Density68.43/sq mi (26.42/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)352
FIPS code12-78925[3]
GNIS feature ID0293564[4]

Yankeetown is a town in Levy County, Florida, United States. In the 2010 Census, the population was 502.[5]


Yankeetown was founded in 1923 by the Indiana politician and lawyer Armanis F. Knotts, who moved to the area because of his great love for hunting.[6] Originally named for the founder, the present name comes from the fact the local mail carrier frequently and derisively directed visitors to the settlement he called "that Yankee town".[7]


View just west of Yankeetown

Yankeetown is located at 29°1′52″N 82°43′12″W / 29.03111°N 82.72000°W / 29.03111; -82.72000 (29.031155, -82.720104).[8] The outermost reaches of the town are located around the mouth of the Withlacoochee River and along the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.1 square miles (54.6 km2), of which 7.6 square miles (19.8 km2) is land and 13.4 square miles (34.8 km2), or 63.75%, is water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)529[2]5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 629 people, 309 households, and 194 families residing in the town. The population density was 80.4 people per square mile (31.1/km2). There were 472 housing units at an average density of 60.3 per square mile (23.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.82% White, 1.43% Native American, 0.79% Asian, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

It was historically a sundown town for blacks and other minorities.

There were 309 households, out of which 12.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.48.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 14.1% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 15.6% from 25 to 44, 36.6% from 45 to 64, and 30.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 55 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,304, and the median income for a family was $40,833. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $31,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,774. About 6.8% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.


School Board of Levy County operates the PK-8 Yankeetown School.[10]

Levy County provides Yankeetown with a local library branch. The original library opened in 1959 with 1,000 donated books [11] The A.F. Knotts Public Library was named in honor of the town's founder; Armanis F. Knotts in 1975 by his nephew Eugene Knotts.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Yankeetown town, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  6. ^ Jack Nast (February 26, 1975). "A.F. Knotts Library Dedicated". Ocala Star-Banner.
  7. ^ Clark, Alisson (May 10, 1999). "What's in a name?". Ocala Star-Banner. pp. 3C. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ Home. Yankeetown School. Retrieved on February 5, 2017.
  11. ^ "History of the A.F.Knotts Public Library". Friends of A.F. Knotts Public Library, Inc. Retrieved 22 April 2016.

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