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Blountstown, Florida
Blountstown City Hall
Blountstown City Hall
Motto(s): 
"The Kingdom Of Opportunity"
Location in Calhoun County and the state of Florida
Location in Calhoun County and the state of Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Calhoun
Area
 • Total 3.20 sq mi (8.28 km2)
 • Land 3.19 sq mi (8.25 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
62 ft (19 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,266
 • Density 711.01/sq mi (274.50/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
32424
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-06925
GNIS feature ID 0279006
Calhoun County (Blountstown)
Modern Calhoun County Courthouse

Blountstown is a city in Calhoun County, Florida, United States. The population was 2,514 at the 2010 census, which represented an increase from 2,444 in 2000. It is the county seat of Calhoun County.

Name

Blountstown is named for John Blount, a Creek Indian[1] Chief who served as a guide for General Andrew Jackson during his invasion of Spanish Florida in 1818. This invasion caused the United States to purchase Florida from Spain and the territory became a part of the U.S. in 1821.

Geography

Blountstown is located at 30°26′35″N 85°02′43″W / 30.442957°N 85.045402°W / 30.442957; -85.045402.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2). 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) of it is land and 0.31% is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 546
1920 863 58.1%
1930 1,270 47.2%
1940 1,931 52.0%
1950 2,118 9.7%
1960 2,375 12.1%
1970 2,384 0.4%
1980 2,632 10.4%
1990 2,404 −8.7%
2000 2,444 1.7%
2010 2,514 2.9%
2020 2,266 −9.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,444 people, 913 households, and 595 families residing in the city. The population density was 767.2 people per square mile (295.8/km2). There were 1,046 housing units at an average density of 328.4 per square mile (126.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 65.18% White, 31.79% African American, 1.27% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.

There were 913 households, out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 21.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 25.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 75.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,271, and the median income for a family was $30,880. Males had a median income of $23,313 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,498. About 18.5% of families and 24.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.6% of those under age 18 and 17.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Calhoun County School District operates public schools.

Blountstown has three schools: Blountstown Elementary School, servicing kindergarten through fifth grades; Blountstown Middle School for sixth through eighth; and Blountstown High School for ninth through twelfth.

Notable people

  • Elam Stoltzfus - Suncoast Emmy award winning American environmental documentary filmmaker
  • Carey Loftin - Hollywood stuntman and actor, born in Blountstown
  • Fuller Warren - 30th governor of Florida
  • Socialburn - Band
  • Corn Griffin - Heavyweight boxer born in Blountstown, whose memorable 1934 TKO loss to James J. Braddock was recreated for the 2005 film Cinderella Man

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