Milton, Florida

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Milton, Florida
Santa Rosa County Courthouse
Santa Rosa County Courthouse
Nickname(s): "The Capitol of Florida"
Location in Santa Rosa County and the U.S. state of Florida
Location in Santa Rosa County and the U.S. state of Florida
Coordinates: 30°37′49″N 87°2′47″W / 30.63028°N 87.04639°W / 30.63028; -87.04639Coordinates: 30°37′49″N 87°2′47″W / 30.63028°N 87.04639°W / 30.63028; -87.04639
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Santa Rosa
 • Total 4.6 sq mi (11.8 km2)
 • Land 4.4 sq mi (11.3 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 33 ft (10 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 7,045
 • Density 1,531.5/sq mi (597/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 32570, 32571, 32572, 32583
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-45750[1]
GNIS feature ID 0286947[2]

Milton is a city in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States.[3] The city was incorporated in 1844 and is home to Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The population was 7,045 at the 2000 census. In 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 8,044.[4] It is the county seat of Santa Rosa County. Milton was known by varies names during its development. Most notable were "Jernigan's Landing", "Scratch Ankle" (due to the briars that grew along the riverbank), "Hard Scrabble", and later Mill Town because of the lumber mill which eventually shortened to Milton.[5]

Milton is part of the PensacolaFerry PassBrent Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Milton is located at 30°37′49″N 87°02′47″W / 30.630312°N 87.046486°W / 30.630312; -87.046486.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2), of which 4.4 square miles (11 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (4.59%) is water.


At the 2000 census,[1] there were 7,045 people, 2,674 households and 1,831 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,611.1 per square mile (622.4/km²). There were 3,151 housing units at an average density of 720.6 per square mile (278.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.84% White, 25.95% African American, 0.71% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.45% of the population.

There were 2,674 households of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% 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 3.04.

27.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.1 males.

The median household income was $37,629, and the median family income was $44,261. Males had a median income of $35,000 versus $28,337 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,367. About 11% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.[7]

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Santa Rosa Medical Center (SRMC) is a 129-bed general hospital in Milton. SRMC is the primary provider of hospital-based healthcare services and emergency medicine in Santa Rosa County.

Milton is the County Seat housing the courthouse for all of Santa Rosa County. Art in every form is encouraged and thrives in Milton with the support of the Santa Rosa Arts & Culture Foundation Inc, the county's local Arts Agency. The Dragonfly Gallery hosts art of various media from local juried artisans and special features from many groups including students (K-12), art teachers, various art groups and many worthy of gallery showings and receptions. Numerous art competitions and festivals are supported and enjoyed by residents and visitors.[8] Milton is the home of the The West Florida Railroad Museum and the historic Imogene Theatre owned and operated by the Santa Rosa Historical Society.

Historic Downtown Milton sits along the beautiful Blackwater River with a well maintained Blackwater River Park and Boardwalk. The city has been called "Canoe Capital of Florida" with the moniker "Where Good Living Flows". The Milton Community Center Was voted to be renamed as the Guy Thompson Community Center in 2014 to honor outgoing Mayor Guy Thompson who served the City of Milton for 36 years. The Community Center hosts Senior activities, events, off campus sports and a skateboard park. The nearby Carpenters Park has boat launch to access the Blackwater River with well groomed open space and picnic facilities.


Milton was settled in the early 1800s as a small village centered on the lumber industry. The town was formerly known as Scratch Ankle, because of the briars and bramble that grew in the area. Its current name most likely comes from "Milltown," since Milton had the largest mill around. Milton was incorporated as a city in 1844, one year before the Territory of Florida joined the United States as the 27th state.[9]

During the Civil War, much of Milton was burned by Confederate forces retreating from the Union capture of Pensacola in May 1862. The Confederates intended to prevent the town's industries from falling into Union hands.[10] Many Milton residents fled to Alabama.[9]

Naval Air Station Whiting Field was constructed during World War II with the help of many German prisoners of war.[9]

On March 31, 1962, an F3 tornado hit the northwest side of Milton, causing 17 deaths and 100 injuries. It was Florida's deadliest tornado until February 22, 1998, when 25 people were killed in Kissimmee.[11] It was also the deadliest tornado in 1962.[12]

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