Pace is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States. The population was 7,393 at the 2000 census.
Pace is located at (30.595593, -87.153712).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24.3 km²), all of it land.
Pace is named after James G. Pace
, who owned large lumber, paper, and turpentine productions that operated in the Pace area and throughout the Southeast
Originally just a strip of land north of Floridatown
, by the 1912 census the area was known as Pace
Afterwards, the Pace's growth was slow and it remained a small, rural
community throughout the last half of the twentieth century
. Despite local efforts, incorporation
failed at least once and has not been re-attempted recently. Within the last decade, however, growth has increased and Pace has become more suburban
, surpassing its predecessors Floridatown and Pea Ridge in population, commercial activity, and notoriety.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 7,393 people, 2,805 households, and 2,092 families residing in the CDP. The population density
was 788.0 people per square mile (304.3/km²). There were 3,096 housing units at an average density of 330.0/sq mi (127.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.76% White
, 1.33% African American
, 1.57% Native American
, 1.04% Asian
, 0.04% Pacific Islander
, 0.49% from other races
, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.89% of the population.
There were 2,805 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $36,538, and the median income for a family was $41,878. Males had a median income of $31,195 versus $21,648 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,591. About 10.5% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.5% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.