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Baker County

Baker County, FL


  • Population: 29,210 – 52.17% male, 47.83% female.
  • Median age: 37.
  • 72.84% of employed residents are white collar.
  • 27.16% of employed residents are blue collar
  • 7.23% of residents are self-employed.
  • Households: 8,632.
  • 589 square miles – 585 square miles of land and 3.7 square miles of water.
  • County seat: Macclenny
  • 5th Congressional District.
  • Average household income: $72,186.00
  • Median household income: $66,177.
  • 2,869 residents live below poverty level.
  • 21,703 residents live above poverty level.
  • 33.38% of residents have never married.
  • 47.32% of residents are married.
  • 1.39% of residents are legally separated.
  • 6.8% of residents are widowed.
  • 11.11% of residents are divorced.
  • Included in Osceola National Forest.
  • Predominately Republican.


Baker County is conveniently located a short 20 minutes west of JAX and affords residents a small-town feel close to a major metropolitan city. Baker County is home to the Osceola National Forest and consists of multiple lakes which makes the county a desired location for avid fisherpeople, boaters, hunters, water skiers and outdoor recreational enthusiasts. 


Northeastern Florida’s rich history continues in Baker County beginning with Confederate judge and senator, James McNair Baker, who founded the county in 1861. Lake City was the site of 1864’s Battle of Olustee, the only major Florida battle of the American Civil War.  Covered with cypress swamps and pine flatwoods, a booming timber industry began and sawmills were erected along the county’s waterways and rivers where lumber was hauled and turpentine was produced as a secondary industry. Many African-Americans relied heavily on local lumber endeavors for employment.

Major Highways:

I-10, US-90, SR 2, SR 121 & SR 228. 

Baker County Neighborhoods:

Macclenny  is the county seat of Baker County,  located 35 miles west of JAX. Macclenny is favored for its family traditions, lending itself to that highly sought after charm of small-town living. 

In the late 1800’s, most of Macclenny was owned by the Darby family who dubbed the town “Darbyville”. The family had great plans to harvest the local timber. Around 1890, the town was renamed “McClenny” and the lumber business began, harvesting timber, building sawmills, generating turpentine and farming the land.

The town’s name was then changed to “The City of Macclenny” as the local post office had a problem with having a capital letter in the middle of “McClenny”.  In 1829, settlers began moving in and even more began to occupy the area after the Civil War. By 1888, the yellow fever had killed most of the residents and the population gradually recovered to a total of 334 in 1890.

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A Few Important Points

  • Home to Heritage Park Village and the Burnsed Blockhouse, Florida’s oldest wood frame, log building.
  • Located in eastern Baker County, 28 miles west of Downtown JAX.
  • U.S. Route 90 runs through the center of town.
  • I-10 passes through the southern tip of town, accessed at exit 335 from State Road 121.
  • Lake City is 32 miles west of Mcclenny.
  • The Florida-Georgia border is six miles north of Mcclenny.
  • 4.7 square miles – all land.
  • Population: 6,592 – 48.36% male, 51.64%  female.
  • Median age: 39.
  • 38.19% of residents have never married.
  • 41.86% of residents are married.
  • 0.1% of residents are legally separated.
  • 8.22% of residents are widowed.
  • 11.72% of residents are divorced.
  • 81.11% of employed residents are white collar.
  • 18.9% of employed residents are blue collar.
  • 5.5% of residents are self-employed.
  • Households: 2,057.
  • Average household income: $72,816.00.
  • Median household income: $60,837.

Glen St. Mary is roughly 30 miles west of Jacksonville via I-10. This small, rural town is attractive to residents who enjoy peace and quiet and don’t mind commuting back and forth to Jacksonville. Glen St. Mary has much to offer in the way of smaller, gated communities and large properties. 

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  • Population: 567, growing at a rate of 2.54% annually.
  • Population density: 1,057 people per square mile.
  • Poverty rate: 36.98%.
  • Average household income: $43,980.00.
  • Median household income: $33,333.00.
  • Median rental: $700/month.
  • Median home value: $88,600.00.
  • Median age: 27 for males and 26 for females.
  • 72.83% of residents are white.
  • 12.80% of residents are black or African American.
  • 4.27% of residents are Asian.
  • Households: 206.

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Phil Aitken, Owner/Broker
Phil Aitken is the Owner/Broker with Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty - Phil Aitken Home Team and has over 13 years of Real Estate experience. Phil’s faith and desire for his family’s continued security fuel his business growth and leadership. The Phil Aitken Home Team continues to profoundly impact the people of Jacksonville via supporting several faith-based organizations. Phil gives back a portion of every real estate transaction to The Tim Tebow Foundation and Rethreaded. Find Phil's full story here.