Liberty County, Florida

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Liberty County, Florida
Bristol, FL, Courthouse, Liberty County, 12-17-2010 (11).JPG
Liberty County Courthouse
Map of Florida highlighting Liberty County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded December 15, 1855
Seat Bristol
Largest city Bristol
Area
 • Total 843 sq mi (2,183 km2)
 • Land 836 sq mi (2,165 km2)
 • Water 7.6 sq mi (20 km2), 0.9%
Population
 • (2010) 8,365
 • Density 10/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.libertyclerk.com

Liberty County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,365,[1] making it the least populous county in Florida. Its county seat and largest city is Bristol.[2]

The Apalachicola National Forest occupies half the county.

History[edit]

Liberty County was created in 1855. It is named for the popular American ideal of liberty.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 843 square miles (2,180 km2), of which 836 square miles (2,170 km2) is land and 7.6 square miles (20 km2) (0.9%) is water.[3] The county is bordered on the west by the Apalachicola River.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,457
1870 1,050 −27.9%
1880 1,362 29.7%
1890 1,452 6.6%
1900 2,956 103.6%
1910 4,700 59.0%
1920 5,006 6.5%
1930 4,067 −18.8%
1940 3,752 −7.7%
1950 3,182 −15.2%
1960 3,138 −1.4%
1970 3,379 7.7%
1980 4,260 26.1%
1990 5,569 30.7%
2000 7,021 26.1%
2010 8,365 19.1%
Est. 2013 8,349 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 7,021 people, 2,222 households, and 1,553 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 3,156 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.41% White, 18.43% Black or African American, 1.81% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 2.08% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. 4.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,222 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.80% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 25.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 21.80% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 37.70% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 10.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 144.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 159.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,840, and the median income for a family was $34,244. Males had a median income of $22,078 versus $22,661 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,225. About 16.80% of families and 19.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.30% of those under age 18 and 24.30% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2008 71.2% 27.2% 1.6%
2004 63.8% 35.4% 0.8%
2000 54.6% 42.2% 3.2%

Liberty County is run by a board of five county commissioners, each elected at-large. The following is a list of the commissioners with the number representative of his/her district:[9]

  1. Dewayne Branch
  2. Dexter Barber
  3. Jim Johnson
  4. Davis Stoutamire
  5. Scotty Phillips

The remaining elected officials are the constitutional officers and the school board members.

  • Clerk of the court: Cathrine Brown
  • Sheriff: Nick Finch
  • Property Appraiser: Patricia Whitfield
  • Tax Collector: Marie Goodman
  • Supervisor of Elections: Gina McDowell
  • Superintendent of Schools: David Summers

Library[edit]

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

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  9. ^ http://libertyelections.com/elected_county.cfm

External links[edit]

Government links/Constitutional offices[edit]

Special districts[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

Tourism links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°14′N 84°53′W / 30.23°N 84.89°W / 30.23; -84.89