Approximately 11,991 private and commercial vehicles were registered by Jefferson County residents. Comprising around 0.07% of all vehicles registered in Florida, these vehicles travel Jefferson County’s roads on a daily basis.
Jefferson County has nearly 84% of its adult drivers commuting to and from work alone, and more than half of these drivers need more than 30 minutes to complete each trip.
With an estimated 20% of Florida drivers uninsured, roughly 2,400 vehicles in Jefferson County alone could be uninsured or underinsured.
Approximately every 6th crash in Jefferson County is a hit and run.
Motor vehicle fatalities in Jefferson County statistically occur at a rate of 22.24 per 100,000 vehicles on the road: approximately 3 fatal crashes per year.
In 2021, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported over 315 crashes in Jefferson County: 4 fatal crashes, with a resultant 5 deaths. Statistically, over 19% of all driving fatalities in Jefferson County involve alcohol.
To discuss your auto insurance needs in Jefferson County, contact a knowledgeable Property & Casualty (P&C) insurance agent licensed in the state of Florida.
Just like the majority of Florida, which has an owner-occupied rate of 65%, Jefferson County’s estimated 7,037 housing unit market is also dominated by residential properties inhabited by the people who own them. The market is split between homeowner-occupied homes at 77% and renters at 23%.
The neighboring counties largely consist of homes occupied by owners as well. Wakulla County leads with 82% of its housing units occupied by its homeowners. Taylor County and Madison County follow with a 77% and 74% owner-occupied rate. Leon County, on the other hand, has the lowest figure having 53% of homes as owner-occupied and 47% of its housing for rent — this means that almost every other housing property is inhabited by or available for tenants to move into.
Over 14% of housing units in Jefferson County experience housing problems, overcrowding, poor plumbing, or issues with the kitchen. In 1 out of 4 homes, residents spend more than 50% of their income on housing.
In terms of uninsured adults, Jefferson County, and its neighboring counties have a lower rate than the state average of 19%. Nearly 16% of adult residents lack proper health insurance coverage in Jefferson County. This is followed by Wakulla County and Leon County with 15% and 14% uninsured adult residents, respectively. Madison County, on the other hand, has 18% of its adult residents uninsured - the highest in the region. In 2021, the average adult uninsured rate in Florida was around 19.2%.
More than 1 in 5 adults (or more than 3,200+ residents) in Jefferson County report problems with health.
A person may be considered obese if he or she has a BMI of 30 or more. On average, Jefferson County has an adult obesity rate of over 35%, which is 8 points higher than the average obesity rate of the entire state of Florida. One possible contributor to this is the physical inactivity of approximately 26% of Jefferson County’s residents. Its neighboring counties also surpassed Florida’s average adult obesity rate of 27%. Over 31% of adult Leon County residents are obese, while Madison County and Taylor County have an obesity rate of nearly 36%. Wakulla County, on the other hand, leads the group of counties, having approximately 40% of its adult residents tagged as obese.
As of 2022, there were 14 health insurers in Jefferson County, offering affordable and frequently subsidized ACA health insurance on the Florida health marketplace.
The average life expectancy for the residents of Jefferson County is between 77 and 78 years old, which is a couple of years shorter than the Florida average of 80 years old. Its neighboring counties, Madison County and Taylor County, both have an average life expectancy of 76 years old - the lowest in the region. Leon County, on the other hand, has the highest life expectancy of 79 years old.
In 2022 there are over 3,600 seniors (65 and older) residing in Jefferson County.
The average price of a funeral in Jefferson County is around $6,900, which is more costly than the Florida state average of $5,900. Its neighboring counties also have higher average funeral costs compared to the statewide average. Taylor County and Leon County also have average funeral costs of around $6,900.
Statewide, Collier County tends to have the most expensive funerals, while Putnam County and DeSoto County have the lowest, both closer to $4,600.
Commercial insurance needs vary between each of the estimated 360+ business establishments in Jefferson County. The three largest job-creating sectors, accounting for approximately 55% of all employment in the county in 2020 were: