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
Seat Blountstown
Largest city Blountstown
Area
 • Total 574.34 sq mi (1,488 km2)
 • Land 567.31 sq mi (1,469 km2)
 • Water 7.03 sq mi (18 km2), 1.22%
Population
 • (2010) 14,625
 • Density 26/sq mi (9.95/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.mycalhouncounty.com

Calhoun County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,625.[1] 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. As is universal 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 influenced by large amounts of migration, 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 2000 census, the county has a total area of 574.34 square miles (1,487.5 km2), of which 567.31 square miles (1,469.3 km2) (or 98.78%) is land and 7.03 square miles (18.2 km2) (or 1.22%) 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. 2012 14,723 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] 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.

Cities and towns[edit]

Incorporated[edit]

Unincorporated[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Major Roads[edit]

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

  • Florida 20.svg State Road 20 is the sole west-to-east state route in the northern part of the county.
  • Florida 69.svg State Road 69 is a south-to-north state route that begins in the county. It runs from SR 71 in Blountstown mostly straight north to Grand Ridge.
  • Florida 71.svg State Road 71 is the main south-to-north state route in the county
  • Florida 73.svg State Road 73 is another south-to-north state route that begins in the county. It starts at SR 71 in Chipola Park and runs north through the center of the county to Marianna.


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.

Location Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Blountstown Public Library (Main Branch) 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 Closed 9:00-2:00 Closed
Altha Public Library 10:00-4:00 10:00-4:00 10:00-4:00 10:00-4:00 Closed 10:00-2:00 Closed
Hugh Creek Public Library 3:00-5:00 3:00-5:00 3:00-5:00 3:00-5:00 Closed Closed Closed
Kinard Public Library 1:30-5:00 1:30-5:00 1:30-5:00 1:30-5:00 Closed 10:00-2:00 Closed
Mossy Pond Public Library 1:30-5:00 1:30-5:00 1:30-5:00 1:30-5:00 Closed 10:00-2:00 Closed
Shelton Public Library Closed 10:00-4:00 2:00-4:00 2:00-4:00 Closed Closed Closed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=M85PAAAAIBAJ&sjid=u1QDAAAAIBAJ&dq=mcclelland%20coroner&pg=5398%2C5991871
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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