Gulf County, Florida

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Gulf County, Florida
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Gulf County Courthouse
Map of Florida highlighting Gulf County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded 6 June 1925
Named for Gulf of Mexico
Seat Port St. Joe
Largest city Port St. Joe
Area
 • Total 744.59 sq mi (1,928 km2)
 • Land 554.60 sq mi (1,436 km2)
 • Water 190.00 sq mi (492 km2), 25.52%
Population
 • (2010) 15,863
 • Density 29/sq mi (11.04/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zones Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Northern portion
Central: UTC-6/-5
Southern portion
Website www.gulfcountygovernment.com

Gulf County is a county located in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,863.1 Its county seat is Port St. Joe.2

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.

Politics

Gulf County is heavily Democratic at the local level. However, the county tends to vote Republican in statewide and national elections. 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 consist 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).

Republican Steve Southerland represents the county in the US House of Representatives.

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.

Geography

Entering the Eastern Time Zone

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 744.59 square miles (1,928.5 km2), of which 554.60 square miles (1,436.4 km2) (or 74.48%) is land and 190.00 square miles (492.1 km2) (or 25.52%) is water.3

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

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 3,182
1940 6,951 118.4%
1950 7,460 7.3%
1960 9,937 33.2%
1970 10,096 1.6%
1980 10,658 5.6%
1990 11,504 7.9%
2000 13,332 15.9%
2010 15,863 19.0%
Est. 2012 15,718 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census4
2012 Estimate5

As of the census6 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.

Cities and towns

Incorporated

Unincorporated

Politics

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2012 70.3% 28.3% 1.4%
2008 69.0% 29.8% 1.2%
2004 66.0% 33.1% 0.9%
2000 57.8% 39.0% 3.2%

Education

Gulf County is served by Gulf County Schools.

Library

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

Locations and Hours of Operation

Location Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Bay County Public Library 9:00-8:00 9:00-8:00 9:00-8:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 1:00-5:00
Panama City Beach Public Library 9:00-6:00 9:00-6:00 9:00-6:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-4:00 Closed
Parker Public Library 10:00-5:00 10:00-5:00 Closed 10:00-5:00 Closed 10:00-5:00 Closed
Springfield Public Library Closed Closed 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-1:00 Closed
Gulf County Public Library 10:00-6:00 (EST) 10:00-6:00 (EST) Closed 10:00-6:00 (EST) 10:00-6:00 (EST) Closed Closed
Charles Whitehead Public Library 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 Closed 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 Closed Closed
Harrell Memorial Library of Liberty County 9:00-7:00 (EST) 9:00-6:00 (EST) 9:00-5:00 (EST) 9:00-5:00 (EST) Closed 9:00-12:00 (EST) Closed
Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library 9:00-7:00 (EST) 9:00-6:00 (EST) Closed 9:00-5:00 (EST) Closed 9:00-12:00 (EST) Closed

See also

References

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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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