Jefferson County, Florida
|Jefferson County, Florida|
Jefferson County Courthouse in Monticello, Florida
Location in the state of Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
|Founded||20 January 1827|
|Named for||Thomas Jefferson|
|• Total||636.65 sq mi (1,649 km2)|
|• Land||597.74 sq mi (1,548 km2)|
|• Water||38.91 sq mi (101 km2), 6.11%|
|• Density||25/sq mi (9.53/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government and politics
- 5 Schools
- 6 Library
- 7 Municipalities
- 8 Transportation
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Jefferson County was created in 1827. It was named for Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States of America, who served from 1801 to 1809. Monticello is a racially diverse town (see Demographics).
Forts of Jefferson County
- Fort Roger Jones (1839), Aucilla (Ocilla Ferry), north of US 90.
- Fort Noel (1839–1842), south of Lamont on the Aucilla River, six miles (10 km) northwest of Fort Pleasant in Taylor County. Also known as Fort Number Three (M).
- Camp Carter (1838), near Waukeenah.
- Fort Welaunee (1838), a settlers' fort on the Welaunee Plantation near Wacissa. Fort Gamble (1839–1843) was later established here.
- Fort Aucilla (1843), two miles (3 km) south-east of Fort Gamble, southwest of Lamont, between the Aucilla and Wacissa Rivers. Also spelled Ocilla.
- Fort Wacissa (1838), a settlers' fort located south of Wacissa on the Wacissa River, west of Cabbage Grove.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 636.65 square miles (1,648.9 km2), of which 597.74 square miles (1,548.1 km2) (or 93.89%) is land and 38.91 square miles (100.8 km2) (or 6.11%) is water.
Jefferson County is part of the Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area.
- Thomas County, Georgia - north
- Brooks County, Georgia - northeast
- Madison County, Florida - east
- Taylor County, Florida - southeast
- Wakulla County, Florida - southwest
- Leon County, Florida - west
National protected area
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,902 people, 4,695 households, and 3,305 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 5,251 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 59.27% White, 38.34% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 2.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 4,695 households out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.00% were married couples living together, 15.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.20% 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 3.03.
In the county the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 28.90% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 104.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,998, and the median income for a family was $40,407. Males had a median income of $26,271 versus $25,748 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,006. About 13.30% of families and 17.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.70% of those under age 18 and 17.00% of those age 65 or over.
Government and politics
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Jefferson County is one of only a handful of counties in the Florida Panhandle that politically favors the Democratic Party.
The Jefferson County School District is the only one in Florida operating under a declared financial emergency due to budget deficits. On April 23, 2009, the Florida Department of Education took over financial oversight of the district.  In June 2011, the District exited financial emergency one (1) year sooner than expected due to hard work and sacrifice of the part of District faculty and staff. The District has now operated for two years with a fund balance well over the mandated 3%. The District is proud to be financially sound. Academically, the District is showing huge gains in reading and writing. In 2013 there is a new sense of excitement on the part of students, faculty and the community as all are working hard to provide a high quality education delivered with fidelity in a safe, secure environment. Career Academies have been introduced on the campus of Jefferson County Middle High School offering students options in career areas connected to the local economy. The Jefferson County Tigers won the State Championship in Football in 2012.
Jefferson County's library is the R.J. Bailar Public Library, which works with the Wilderness Coast Public Libraries.
Address: 375 South Water Street, Monticello, FL 32344
Phone: (850) 342-0205
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00am–5:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00am–7:30pm.
Unincorporated cities and towns
- Ashville @30.617,-83.647 (US221/CR146 - sparse habitation)
- Casa Blanco
- Thomas City
The sole existing railroad line is a CSX line once owned by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad that was used by Amtrak's Sunset Limited until 2005, when the service was truncated to New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. No Amtrak trains stopped anywhere in Jefferson County.
- Interstate 10 is the main west-to-east interstate highway in the county, and serves as the unofficial dividing line between northern and southern Jefferson County. It contains three interchanges within the county; the first being SR 59 in Lloyd (Exit 217), the second at US 19 in Drifton (Exit 225), and the third south of Aucilla at CR 257 (Exit 233). Beyond this point I-10 runs through Madison County.
- US 19 is the westernmost north-south US highway in the county. It enters from southwestern Madison County as the Georgia-Florida Parkway in a concurrency with US 27, then breaks away from US 27 in Capps to run straight north through Monticello where it encounters a traffic circle with US 90 around the historic Monticello Courthouse. North of the city it runs through the State of Georgia.
- US 27 is another north-south US highway in the county. It enters from Madison County in a concurrency with US 19, but unlike US 19 breaks away at Capps and runs west toward Tallahassee
- SR 59
- US 90 was the main west-to-east highway in the county, until it was surpassed by I-10. It enters the county from Leon County twice, the second time from a causeway over the southern end of Lake Miccosukee, and eventually enters Monticello in a traffic circle with US 19. East of the city, it curves southeast through rural Jefferson County, then passes north of Aucilla before crossing the Madison County Line at a bridge over the Aucilla River.
- US 98 is the southernmost east-west route running through the Conservation Areas of the Gulf of Mexico from Wakulla to Taylor Counties. The sole major intersection is with SR 59.
- US 221 is the easternmost US highway in the county, running south and north through the northeastern portion of Jefferson County, including Ashville before crossing the Georgia State Line.
- CR 259
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- IRC Library:Fort Roger Jones
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Tallahassee Democrat: State to take over Jefferson County School District's weak finances
- Tallahassee Democrat: Parents and teachers react to Jefferson County Schools' dire finances
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jefferson County, Florida.|
- Jefferson County Home Page
- Jefferson County R.J. Bailar Public Library
- Jefferson County Economic Development Council
- Jefferson County Tourist Development Council
- Chamber of Commerce
- Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners
- Jefferson County Supervisor of Elections
- Jefferson County Property Appraiser
- Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
- Jefferson County Tax Collector
Jefferson County Schools
- Public School System
- Private School System
- Jefferson County Clerk of Courts
- Public Defender, 2nd Judicial Circuit of Florida serving Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla counties
- Office of the State Attorney, 2nd Judicial Circuit of Florida
- Circuit and County Court for the 2nd Judicial Circuit of Florida
||Thomas County, Georgia||Brooks County, Georgia|
|Leon County||Madison County|
|Wakulla County||Gulf of Mexico||Taylor County|