The City of Live Oak was incorporated in 1960. Live Oak originated as a German community with 316 inhabitants who were responsible for establishing the City's name as "Live Oak". When the first U.S. Census was taken following incorporation in 1970, Live Oak had a population of 2,779. As of September 30, 2007 the City has a land area of approximately 5.5 square miles and an estimated population of 12,000. In 2017, the City of Live Oak was estimated to have 15,395 residents, and a total of 6,450 housing units. The City is a full service community providing all core municipal services including public safety (police and fire protection), solid waste, and public utilities (including water and wastewater).
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