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Gulf County, Florida
Gulf County
Gulf County Courthouse
Gulf County Courthouse
Map of Florida highlighting Gulf County
Location within the U.S. state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 29°54?N 85°14?W / 29.9°N 85.24°W / 29.9; -85.24
Country
State Florida
FoundedJune 6, 1925
Named forGulf of Mexico
SeatPort St. Joe
Largest cityPort St. Joe
Area
 o Total756 sq mi (1,960 km2)
 o Land564 sq mi (1,460 km2)
 o Water192 sq mi (500 km2)  25.4%%
Population
 o Estimate 
(2017)
16,160[1]
 o Density28.6/sq mi (11.0/km2)
Time zones
Southern portionUTC-5 (Eastern)
 o Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Northern portionUTC-6 (Central)
 o Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Congressional district2nd
Websitewww.gulfcounty-fl.gov

Gulf County is a county located in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,863.[2] Its county seat is Port St. Joe.[3]

Gulf County is included in the Panama City, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Gulf County, created in 1925, was named for the Gulf of Mexico. Wewahitchka was its first county seat and the 1927 Gulf County Courthouse is still in existence. In 1965 the county seat was moved to Port Saint Joe, which under its original name Saint Joseph, had been the site of Florida's first Constitutional Convention in 1838.

Geography

Entering the Eastern Time Zone

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 756 square miles (1,960 km2), of which 564 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 192 square miles (500 km2) (25.4%) is water.[4]

Time zones

By way of the Intracoastal Waterway, Gulf County is one of a small number of counties in the United States to be under two time zones, Eastern and Central in this case.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 13,332 people, 4,931 households, and 3,535 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 inhabitants per square mile (9.3/km2). There were 7,587 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.89% White, 16.94% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. 2.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,931 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.70% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 114.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 116.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,276, and the median income for a family was $36,289. Males had a median income of $27,539 versus $20,780 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,449. About 13.70% of families and 16.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.80% of those under age 18 and 14.10% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Gulf County is heavily Democratic at the local level. However, the county tends to vote Republican in statewide and national elections. It has only supported a Democrat for president three times since 1960--in 1976, 1980 and 1996.

As of 2012, there are 9479 registered voters. The Democratic Party (5320, 56%) holds a large advantage over the Republican Party (3305, 34%).

The county commission consists of three Democrats and two Republicans.

Democrats control all other county government positions (Clerk of the Court, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools, Tax Collector).

The county is part of Florida's 2nd congressional district, represented by Republican Neal Dunn.

Despite remaining a Democratic stronghold, in the 2008 Presidential election John McCain carried the county with 69% of the vote.

George W. Bush carried the county in 2004.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Other
2016 72.69% 5,329 23.46% 1,720 3.85% 282
2012 70.10% 4,995 28.26% 2,014 1.64% 117
2008 68.99% 4,980 29.77% 2,149 1.23% 89
2004 66.03% 4,805 33.08% 2,407 0.89% 65
2000 57.79% 3,553 39.00% 2,398 3.21% 197
1996 40.55% 2,430 41.39% 2,480 18.06% 1,082
1992 45.29% 2,651 33.11% 1,938 21.61% 1,265
1988 62.44% 3,042 34.65% 1,688 2.91% 142
1984 66.70% 3,573 33.30% 1,784
1980 43.18% 2,127 54.81% 2,700 2.01% 99
1976 37.00% 1,584 61.69% 2,641 1.31% 56
1972 78.54% 2,628 21.31% 713 0.15% 5
1968 9.58% 364 18.71% 711 71.71% 2,725
1964 54.67% 2,001 45.33% 1,659
1960 21.86% 657 78.14% 2,348
1956 24.12% 570 75.88% 1,793
1952 21.69% 490 78.31% 1,769
1948 9.25% 146 77.20% 1,219 13.56% 214
1944 6.15% 83 93.85% 1,267
1940 6.01% 105 93.99% 1,642
1936 7.76% 71 92.24% 844
1932 4.42% 30 95.58% 648
1928 34.98% 156 61.66% 275 3.36% 15

Education

Gulf County is served by Gulf County Schools.

Libraries

Gulf County is part of the Northwest Regional Library System (NWRLS), which serves Bay and Liberty Counties as well.

  • Bay County Public Library
  • Panama City Beach Public Library
  • Parker Public Library
  • Springfield Public Library
  • Gulf County Public Library
  • Charles Whitehead Public Library
  • Harrell Memorial Library of Liberty County
  • Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Transportation

Airports

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/gulfcountyflorida/PST045217
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org.

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

Special districts

Judicial branch

Tourism links

Business links

Coordinates: 29°54?N 85°14?W / 29.90°N 85.24°W / 29.90; -85.24


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