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Keystone Heights, Florida
—  City  —
Location in Clay County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 29°47′14″N 82°1′59″W / 29.78722°N 82.03306°W / 29.78722; -82.03306
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Clay
 - Total 4.6 sq mi (12 km2)
 - Land 4.5 sq mi (11.8 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 141 ft (43 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,349
 - Density 293.3/sq mi (112.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 32656
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-36475[1]
GNIS feature ID 0285088[2]

Keystone Heights is a city in Clay County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,349 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 1,392 [1].

Named after the state of Pennsylvania, the "Keystone State".



Founded by Pennsylvanians who named it after their home state, residents began relocating here in the early 1920s. The city was chartered in April, 1925.

It is located in the northeast region of the state of Florida, situated in the southern tip of Clay County among many sand-bottom lakes.


Keystone Heights is located at 29°47′14″N 82°1′59″W / 29.78722°N 82.03306°W / 29.78722; -82.03306 (29.787243, -82.033026)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12.0 km²), of which, 4.5 square miles (11.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.94%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,349 people, 515 households, and 374 families residing in the city. The population density was 296.9 people per square mile (114.7/km²). There were 562 housing units at an average density of 123.7/sq mi (47.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.07% White, 0.44% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.67% of the population.

There were 515 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,519, and the median income for a family was $47,404. Males had a median income of $37,500 versus $24,886 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,157. About 5.1% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

City Council

Gavin Rollins is a city councilman in seat 1 for the city of Keystone Heights in Clay County, Florida. Elected to City Council March 3, 2009 and Sworn into office April 7, 2009 Rollins is currently serving a one year term[1]. At 22 years old when elected, Rollins became the youngest elected official in Clay County history.[2]

Rollins is a United States citizen born to Christian missionary parents in Penang, Malaysia on July 19, 1986 where he lived until the family’s 1988 return to the United States. Rollins earned an Associates degree from Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida in May of 2009. He currently resides in Keystone Heights, Florida and is earning a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Education and Communication from the University of Florida’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Rollins is an advocate for conservative family values, smaller government and more control by the electorate. Rollins’ 2009 campaign focused on family values, lower taxes, and protection of the area’s water resources. In his first year in office, Rollins fought a property tax increase. He was the only council member to vote “no” on a 62.22% millage increase at the September 28, 2009 council meeting[3]. Rollins instead proposed letting the people of Keystone Heights vote on whether or not to increase taxes[4] and additionally proposed cuts to spending, including the council member's salaries and each members’ “discretionary fund” among other areas.[5] .

Rollins currently serves in the Florida National Guard and is also active in the Clay County Young Republicans[6] and Alpha Gamma Rho (“AGR”), the world's largest social-professional fraternity.[7] He has been an outspoken advocate for the protection of the endangered water table in the Lake Region (Keystone Heights, FL and the surrounding area).

On January 12th, 2010 Rollins’ campaign filled papers for his re-election bid and began campaigning for seat 1 of the Keystone Heights City Council.


  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: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  


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