Flagler County, Florida

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Flagler County, Florida
Bunnell, FL, Courthouse, Flagler County, 08-08-2010 (2).JPG
Flagler County Courthouse
Map of Florida highlighting Flagler County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded 28 April 1917
Named for Henry Morrison Flagler
Seat Bunnell
Largest city Palm Coast
Area
 • Total 570.76 sq mi (1,478 km2)
 • Land 485.00 sq mi (1,256 km2)
 • Water 85.77 sq mi (222 km2), 15.03%
Population
 • (2010) 95,696
 • Density 197/sq mi (76.19/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.flaglercounty.org

Flagler County is a county on the east coast of the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 95,696.[1] Its county seat is Bunnell.[2] Created in 1917 from portions of Saint Johns and Volusia counties, it was named for Henry Morrison Flagler, who built the Florida East Coast Railway.

In 1974, Marco Polo Park, a theme park off Interstate 95 opened. It was never profitable and closed soon after.

In 1998, when two brush fires threatened to become one huge brush fire in Flagler County, a mandatory evacuation was ordered for the entire county. This was the first and so far the only time a whole county was evacuated in Florida. Flagler is also a sports town. Three Flagler baseball teams have made it to the State Tournament in the last 2 years.[1]

Flagler County is coexistent with the Palm Coast, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) designated by the Office of Management and Budget and used for statistical purposes by the Census Bureau and other agencies. Palm Coast is designated as the MSA's principal city. The Palm Coast, Florida MSA was first defined as a Metropolitan Statistical Area in 2006. Before that date it was designated a micropolitan statistical area.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 570.76 square miles (1,478.3 km2), of which 485.00 square miles (1,256.1 km2) (or 84.97%) is land and 85.77 square miles (222.1 km2) (or 15.03%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Parks and gardens[edit]

Rivers and Waterways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 2,442
1930 2,466 1.0%
1940 3,008 22.0%
1950 3,367 11.9%
1960 4,566 35.6%
1970 4,454 −2.5%
1980 10,913 145.0%
1990 28,701 163.0%
2000 49,832 73.6%
2010 95,696 92.0%
Est. 2012 98,359 2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 49,832 people, 21,294 households, and 15,672 families residing in the county. The population density was 103 people per square mile (40/km²). There were 24,452 housing units at an average density of 50 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.27% White, 8.83% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.96% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 5.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 90.1% spoke English, 5.0% Spanish and 1.2% German as their first language.

1.8% of the population identified themselves as being of non-Hispanic West Indian Ancestry. [2]

In 2000 there were 21,294 households out of which 21.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.80% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 21.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.67.

In the county the population was spread out with 17.90% under the age of 18, 4.80% from 18 to 24, 20.30% from 25 to 44, 28.30% from 45 to 64, and 28.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 92.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,214, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $31,184 versus $24,865 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,879. About 6.70% of families and 8.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 4.40% of those age 65 or over.

Flagler county was ranked the fastest-growing county in the nation by the US Census Bureau from 2000 to 2005, boasting a 53.3% change, with a July 1, 2005 population estimate at 76,410.

Cities and towns[edit]

Incorporated[edit]

Unincorporated[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Major roads[edit]

  • I-95.svg Interstate 95 [8]
  • US 1.svg U.S. 1
  • Florida A1A.svg SR A1A
  • Florida 11.svg SR 11
  • Florida 20.svg SR 20
  • Florida 100.svg SR 100
  • The Florida East Coast Railway provides rail freight services in the county.
  • The Flagler County Airport does not provide commercial air services but does serve private, student and business aviation.
  • The Intracoastal Waterway runs just in from the coast in eastern Flagler County and provides for freight shipping and recreational boating.

Politics[edit]

Due in large part to its rapidly changing demographics, Flagler County is often an unpredictable county in presidential and other elections, although the general trend has been towards the Democratic party in recent years.

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2012 53.2% 45.7% 1.1%
2008 48.7% 50.2% 1.1%
2004 51.0% 48.3% 0.7%
2000 46.5% 51.3% 2.2%
1996 41.0% 47.7% 11.3%
1992 38.2% 40.9% 20.9%
1988 60.3% 39.4% 0.3%

Education[edit]

Flagler County Public Schools enroll about 13,000 students.[3] It includes two public high schools, Flagler Palm Coast and Matanzas High School. The county also has 5 elementary schools and 2 middle schools. all elementary schools will be pre-k to 6 and middle 7&8.

Flagler county schools are:

  • Belle Terre Elementary K-6th
  • Bunnell Elementary K-6th
  • Rymfire Elementary K-6th
  • Old Kings Elementary K-6th
  • Wadsworth Elementary K-6th
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School Pre K-8th
  • Buddy Taylor Middle School 7th-8th
  • Indian Trails middle School 7th-8th
  • Matanzas High School 9th-12th
  • Flagler Palm Coast High School 9th-12th
  • Pathways Academy (alternative school)
  • iFlagler Virtual School 7th-12th
  • Imagine School at Town Center (charter)
  • Academies of Excellence's Heritage Academy (charter)(Closed after the 2011-2012 School Year)

In addition, Daytona State College maintains a branch campus in Palm Coast.

Library[edit]

Flagler County Library System consists of 2 branches. The Flagler County Public Library was created by the County Commission in 1987, but as early as 1937, a room of the County Courthouse in Bunnell was set aside for a small library, which was sponsored by the Colony Club. The current library director is Holly Albanese.

Location Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Main Branch 9:00-8:00 9:00-6:00 9:00-8:00 9:00-6:00 9:00-6:00 9:00-5:00 Closed
Bunnell 9:00-5:00 Closed 9:00-5:00 Closed 9:00-5:00 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. ^ Office of Management and Budget Bulletin No. 07-01: Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses, December 18, 2006 - retrieved July 31, 2009
  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. 
  8. ^ Florida Department of Transportation, Division of Survey and Mapping, Road Map of Flagler County (PDF)

External links[edit]

Government links/Constitutional offices[edit]

Special districts[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

Tourism links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°28′N 81°18′W / 29.47°N 81.30°W / 29.47; -81.30