Astor is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lake County, Florida, United States. It is located along the St. Johns River between Lake George and Lake Dexter, across from the town of Volusia. The population was 1,487 at the 2000 census.
Located on the St. Johns River, Astor was first settled in 1562 by Huguenot families who had fled religious persecution in France. The entire colony was wiped out by the Spanish in 1566 in pursuit of a Roman Catholic-only policy. In the late 1800s, William Backhouse Astor, Sr. from New York City's wealthy Astor family resurrected the town, naming it Manhattan. Later, it would be renamed Astor in his honor.
There were 641 households out of which 20.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.68.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 19.9% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 20.4% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 23.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $31,284, and the median income for a family was $31,786. Males had a median income of $22,074 versus $20,949 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,467. About 9.2% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.