Callahan, Florida

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Callahan, Florida
Town
Top, left to right: West Nassau Historical Society, water tower, West Nassau High School, Northeast Florida Fair
Top, left to right: West Nassau Historical Society, water tower, West Nassau High School, Northeast Florida Fair
Location in Nassau County and the state of Florida
Location in Nassau County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 30°33′39″N 81°49′51″W / 30.56083°N 81.83083°W / 30.56083; -81.83083Coordinates: 30°33′39″N 81°49′51″W / 30.56083°N 81.83083°W / 30.56083; -81.83083
Country United States
State Florida
County Nassau
Area
 • Total1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Land1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation20 ft (6 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total962
 • Density740/sq mi (282.9/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code32011
Area code(s)904
FIPS code12-09700[1]
GNIS feature ID0279841[2]
 
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Callahan, Florida
Town
Top, left to right: West Nassau Historical Society, water tower, West Nassau High School, Northeast Florida Fair
Top, left to right: West Nassau Historical Society, water tower, West Nassau High School, Northeast Florida Fair
Location in Nassau County and the state of Florida
Location in Nassau County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 30°33′39″N 81°49′51″W / 30.56083°N 81.83083°W / 30.56083; -81.83083Coordinates: 30°33′39″N 81°49′51″W / 30.56083°N 81.83083°W / 30.56083; -81.83083
Country United States
State Florida
County Nassau
Area
 • Total1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Land1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation20 ft (6 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total962
 • Density740/sq mi (282.9/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code32011
Area code(s)904
FIPS code12-09700[1]
GNIS feature ID0279841[2]

Callahan is a town in Nassau County, Florida, United States, adjacent to Duval County. The population was 962 at the 2000 census.

Geography[edit]

Callahan is located at 30°33′39″N 81°49′51″W / 30.56083°N 81.83083°W / 30.56083; -81.83083 (30.560702, -81.830850).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 962 people, 411 households, and 256 families residing in the town. The population density was 724.9 inhabitants per square mile (279.3/km²). There were 444 housing units at an average density of 334.6 per square mile (128.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 85.86% White, 10.60% African American, 0.83% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 1.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.49% of the population.

There were 411 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.0% were married couples living together, 20.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 78.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,234, and the median income for a family was $32,167. Males had a median income of $27,422 versus $23,036 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,710. About 14.8% of families and 21.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.6% of those under age 18 and 18.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Callahan Elementary and Callahan Intermediate Schools serve grades K-5, Callahan Middle School serves 6-8, and West Nassau High School has grades 9-12. Sonshine Christian Academy, a co-ed private school affiliated with the Assembly of God, instructs Pre-Kindergarten through 12 grade

West Nassau High School, located in Callahan Florida, is a rural public high school for grade 9-12. The school community of West Nassau County High School is located in the western area of Nassau County, in the town of Callahan, Florida 32011. The school attendance zone is bounded on the south and west by Duval County, Florida. In 1968 Hilliard High School and Callahan High School were closed and the two schools were combined to form West Nassau County High School. The Flashes of Hilliard and the Ramblers of Callahan became the Warriors of West Nassau County High School. The school colors at West Nassau represent the consolidation of the two schools with the Cardinal Red representing Hilliard High School and Gold representing Callahan High School. The Class of 2009 will mark the 40th anniversary of West Nassau County High School. West Nassau High School is located in Callahan, Florida and the location created complaints from the Hilliard community. Hilliard students attended high school in Callahan for three years and then Hilliard Combined 6-12 School was reopened. Even though Hilliard reopened their combined middle/high school the high school in Callahan continued to be named West Nassau County High School and the name was not changed to Callahan High School. The school has been serving students from the Bryceville and Callahan area since 1968. The student population has been increasing for the past three school years and reached an all-time high of 1073 students during the 2006 Fall Term. The population is projected to continue growing as Jacksonville continues to expand northward and real estate prices continue to rise in the eastern area of the county. Recent construction projects include a new Building Construction Lab, a new Technology Lab, three new classrooms, two new girls’ locker rooms and two renovated boys’ locker rooms. Ten portable classrooms are necessary to accommodate the students.

West Nassau High School is one of three 9-12 high schools in Nassau County. Hilliard Combined is a 6-12 school. Nassau County is Rated as an “A” School District under the Florida A+ Evaluation System. West Nassau High School is located off of Highway 301 and ½ mile from U.S. 1 or Old Dixie Highway. The main north/south CSX rail line is located directly behind the athletic complex of West Nassau High School. The community of Callahan placed the Warrior Head and “Home of the Warriors” on the town water tower in 2005 to demonstrate support for the school. Councilman Ted Combs, a retired teacher from West Nassau High School, spearheaded the movement and rallied support for placing the school logo on the water tower. The water tower logo is positioned so people entering Callahan from either direction are welcomed by the Warrior Head logo on the tower.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.