Gulf County, Florida
|Gulf County, Florida|
Gulf County Courthouse
Location in the state of Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
|Founded||6 June 1925|
|Named for||Gulf of Mexico|
|Seat||Port St. Joe|
|Largest city||Port St. Joe|
|• Total||744.59 sq mi (1,928 km2)|
|• Land||554.60 sq mi (1,436 km2)|
|• Water||190.00 sq mi (492 km2), 25.52%|
|• Density||29/sq mi (11.04/km²)|
|Time zones||Eastern: UTC-5/-4
- 1 History
- 2 Politics
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Cities and towns
- 6 Politics
- 7 Education
- 8 Library
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Gulf County, created in 1925, was named for the Gulf of Mexico. Wewahitchka was its first county seat and the 1927 Gulf County Courthouse is still in existence. In 1965 the county seat was moved to Port Saint Joe, which under its original name Saint Joseph, had been the site of Florida's first Constitutional Convention in 1838.
Gulf County is heavily Democratic at the local level. However, the county tends to vote Republican in statewide and national elections. As of 2012, there are 9479 registered voters, the Democratic Party 5320 (56%) holds a large advantage over the Republican Party 3305 (34%).
The county commission consist of three Democrats and two Republicans.
Democrats control all other county government positions (Clerk of the Court, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools, Tax Collector).
Republican Steve Southerland represents the county in the US House of Representatives.
Despite remaining a Democratic stronghold, in the 2008 Presidential election John McCain carried the county with 69% of the vote.
George W. Bush carried the county in 2004.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 744.59 square miles (1,928.5 km2), of which 554.60 square miles (1,436.4 km2) (or 74.48%) is land and 190.00 square miles (492.1 km2) (or 25.52%) is water.
- Calhoun County, Florida—north
- Liberty County, Florida—northeast
- Franklin County, Florida—east
- Bay County, Florida—west
National protected area
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,332 people, 4,931 households, and 3,535 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 inhabitants per square mile (9.3 /km2). There were 7,587 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.89% White, 16.94% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. 2.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 4,931 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the county the population was spread out with 21.70% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 114.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 116.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,276, and the median income for a family was $36,289. Males had a median income of $27,539 versus $20,780 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,449. About 13.70% of families and 16.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.80% of those under age 18 and 14.10% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Gulf County is served by Gulf County Schools.
Locations and Hours of Operation
|Bay County Public Library||9:00-8:00||9:00-8:00||9:00-8:00||9:00-5:00||9:00-5:00||9:00-5:00||1:00-5:00|
|Panama City Beach Public Library||9:00-6:00||9:00-6:00||9:00-6:00||9:00-5:00||9:00-5:00||9:00-4:00||Closed|
|Parker Public Library||10:00-5:00||10:00-5:00||Closed||10:00-5:00||Closed||10:00-5:00||Closed|
|Springfield Public Library||Closed||Closed||9:00-5:00||9:00-5:00||9:00-5:00||9:00-1:00||Closed|
|Gulf County Public Library||10:00-6:00 (EST)||10:00-6:00 (EST)||Closed||10:00-6:00 (EST)||10:00-6:00 (EST)||Closed||Closed|
|Charles Whitehead Public Library||9:00-5:00||9:00-5:00||Closed||9:00-5:00||9:00-5:00||Closed||Closed|
|Harrell Memorial Library of Liberty County||9:00-7:00 (EST)||9:00-6:00 (EST)||9:00-5:00 (EST)||9:00-5:00 (EST)||Closed||9:00-12:00 (EST)||Closed|
|Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library||9:00-7:00 (EST)||9:00-6:00 (EST)||Closed||9:00-5:00 (EST)||Closed||9:00-12:00 (EST)||Closed|
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gulf County, Florida.|
- Gulf County Board of County Commissioners
- Gulf County Supervisor of Elections
- Gulf County Property Appraiser
- Gulf County Sheriff's Office
- Gulf County Tax Collector
- Gulf County Clerk of Courts
- Circuit and County Court for the 14th Judicial Circuit of Florida serving Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties
||Calhoun County||Liberty County|
|Bay County||Franklin County|
|Gulf of Mexico|