ERIC Number: ED165940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Profile of Suwannee County, Florida.
Beaulieu, Lionel J.
Agriculture and the railroad were significant forces in the development of Suwannee County, Florida, formally created in 1858 but explored and settled beginning some 300 years earlier. Lumber and cotton caused an early 20th century boom in the county which soon saw the negative effects of both industries. The introduction of tobacco in the late 1920's caused an agricultural resurgence which has continued to the present. By 1970, Suwannee County had become a leading producer of chickens and tobacco. Economically, the county followed national trends in that there were fewer, larger farms in the 1970's than before. From 1950 to 1970 farm-based employment declined 31.7% but the steady increases in manufacturing, construction, and wholesale/retail trade indicated that those industries will grow in importance, thereby strengthening the county's economic base through diversification. Suwannee County leaders identified this economic potential as one of the county's main strengths but noted the need for recreational and educational improvements to support an expanding economic base. By 1970 non-agricultural employment had become a more important source of income but personal income for county residents was still far below the state average. County population growth statistics were consistent with those for the state of Florida. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; Florida Univ., Gainesville. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida (Suwannee County); United States (South)
Note: Publication contributes to USDA Cooperative State Research Service Southern Regional Project S-120, "Social Organization for Development of Low-Income Rural Counties"; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (76th, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 4-7, 1979)