Calhoun County, Florida

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Calhoun County, Florida
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Calhoun County Courthouse in Blountstown
Map of Florida highlighting Calhoun County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded January 26, 1838
Named for John C. Calhoun
Seat Blountstown
Largest city Blountstown
Area
 • Total 574 sq mi (1,487 km2)
 • Land 567 sq mi (1,469 km2)
 • Water 7.0 sq mi (18 km2), 1.22 %
Population
 • (2010) 14,625
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.calhouncountyfl.org

Calhoun County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,625,[1] making it the fifth-least populous county in Florida. Its county seat is Blountstown.[2]

History[edit]

Calhoun County was created in 1838. It was named for John C. Calhoun, member of the United States Senate from South Carolina and the seventh U.S. vice president, serving under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. Typical in the Florida Panhandle, a majority of Calhoun County's residents remain much more attached to Southern culture and lifestyle habits than is common in the Central and Southern regions of the state, and the area holds much more in common with states such as Alabama, Georgia, or Mississippi than with much of Florida.

In 1930 a "federal agent" shot the County Sheriff.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 574 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 567 square miles (1,470 km2) is land and 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (1.2%) is water.[4] The county is bounded on the east by the Apalachicola River and is bisected by the Chipola River, site of Look and Tremble.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,142
1850 1,377 20.6%
1860 1,446 5.0%
1870 998 −31.0%
1880 1,580 58.3%
1890 1,681 6.4%
1900 5,132 205.3%
1910 7,465 45.5%
1920 8,775 17.5%
1930 7,298 −16.8%
1940 8,218 12.6%
1950 7,922 −3.6%
1960 7,422 −6.3%
1970 7,624 2.7%
1980 9,294 21.9%
1990 11,011 18.5%
2000 13,017 18.2%
2010 14,625 12.4%
Est. 2013 14,682 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 13,017 people, 4,468 households, and 3,132 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 5,250 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.87% White, 15.79% Black or African American, 1.26% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. 3.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,468 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.20% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 31.50% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 117.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,575, and the median income for a family was $32,848. Males had a median income of $26,681 versus $21,176 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,379. About 14.80% of families and 20.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.60% of those under age 18 and 20.40% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

Major Roads[edit]

Calhoun County has no Interstate or U.S. Highways, but does contain some important state roads.

Airport[edit]

Politics[edit]

Like most of the panhandle, Calhoun County votes heavily Republican in presidential and congressional races, although still occasionally supporting Conservative Democrats in local and state contests.

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2012 71.0% 27.0% 2.0%
2008 69.4% 29.1% 1.6%
2004 63.4% 35.5% 1.1%
2000 55.5% 41.7% 2.9%
1996 41.3% 43.1% 15.6%
1992 37.6% 36.4% 26.1%
1988 64.0% 35.1% 0.9%

Library[edit]

Along with the 6 branches within the Calhoun County Public Library System, Calhoun County is also a part of the Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System. The PPLC also includes Holmes, Jackson, and Washington counties.

  • Blountstown Public Library
  • Altha Public Library
  • Hugh Creek Public Library
  • Kinard Public Library
  • Mossy Pond Public Library
  • Shelton Public Library

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Town[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=M85PAAAAIBAJ&sjid=u1QDAAAAIBAJ&dq=mcclelland%20coroner&pg=5398%2C5991871
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Special districts[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

Tourism links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°25′N 85°12′W / 30.41°N 85.20°W / 30.41; -85.20