Newberry, in Alachua County has just under 6,000 people and sprawls over some 58 square miles of some of the best territory in the State. It is part of the Gainesville Metro Area, and has model demographics.
About The Community
Almost a fifth of the population is Black of Hispanic and 80% have completed High School; 15% have college degrees. The unemployment rate is below 4%, though the median household income is still to catch up with the national average. Newtown and Newberry Oaks are some of the newer neighborhoods with about 75 homes each and new construction continues apace. Tree lined roads abound and the atmosphere is typically American. Country Way is one of the oldest neighborhoods with easy access to schools and shopping. It has some fine examples of classic residential architecture.
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The Newberry Elementary School has an association with the University of Florida, and Newberry has its own Middle and High Schools as well. The Alachua County Library has a branch in Newberry, complete with wireless Internet access. Excellent education facilities for all age groups, add tremendous value to Newberry life.
Outdoor recreation amenities in Newberry match the education infrastructure. Triangle Park is a favorite with the local population. It has a playground for tiny tots, a path for senior citizens to stroll and enclosures where the entire family can enjoy a long picnic. The Parks and Recreation Department has plans to add new attractions for the public. The Sports Complex is much larger than the Park, and hosts a variety of ball games. Lights enable folk to relax here and enjoy games after dark.
Vicinity of Newberry
The local Chamber of Commerce is an active body, always willing to help newcomers to settle in town with their enterprises. Local business leaders work closely with other stake holders of the community and with administrators to make Newberry a wonderful place in which to raise a family and to conduct business as well.
This idyllic state of affairs has come under threat due to the pressing need to create new jobs and to develop the local economy. Florida’s construction boom has created a huge demand for cement, and Newberry would like to use its leadership of this manufacturing activity to establish a new plant. The latter and other growth centers need power and Newberry would also like to construct a new coal based plant. Both these new factories would not only add jobs and funds for the exchequer, but lead to mercury accumulation in water. This could affect aquatic life and birds that feed on fish.
The University of Florida has extended a helping hand. The Newberry area is full of Ibises that live in the Everglades. University researchers have set about studying the possible effects of mercury accumulation on these wading birds. Hopefully a technically sound compromise that meets both growth and environment objectives will be found.
Newberry caters to a variety of realty needs. The median home value is below $300 thousand. New constructions of individual family homes average $260 thousand in value. Large estates of about 10 acres with facilities for horses and built up residences of about 1500 square feet are available for less than $700 thousand. Value are set to rise as Newberry contends with environmental management systems for its industrial expansion plans.