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Calhoun County, Florida
Map
Map of Florida highlighting Calhoun County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the USA highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 26, 1838
Seat Blountstown
Largest City Blountstown
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

574 sq mi (1,487 km²)
567 sq mi (1,469 km²)
7.0 sq mi (18 km²), 1.22 %
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

14,462
26/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.calhouncountyfl.org
Named for: John C. Calhoun

Calhoun County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,625, making it the fifth-least populous county in Florida. Its county seat is Blountstown.

History

Calhoun County was created in 1838. It was named for John C. Calhoun, member of the United States Senate from South Carolina and the seventh U.S. vice president, serving under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. Typical in the Florida Panhandle, a majority of Calhoun County's residents remain much more attached to Southern culture and lifestyle habits than is common in the Central and Southern regions of the state, and the area holds much more in common with states such as Alabama, Georgia, or Mississippi than with much of Florida.

In 1930 a "federal agent" shot the County Sheriff.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 574 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 567 square miles (1,470 km2) is land and 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (1.2%) is water. The county is bounded on the east by the Apalachicola River and is bisected by the Chipola River, site of Look and Tremble.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,142
1850 1,377 20.6%
1860 1,446 5.0%
1870 998 −31.0%
1880 1,580 58.3%
1890 1,681 6.4%
1900 5,132 205.3%
1910 7,465 45.5%
1920 8,775 17.5%
1930 7,298 −16.8%
1940 8,218 12.6%
1950 7,922 −3.6%
1960 7,422 −6.3%
1970 7,624 2.7%
1980 9,294 21.9%
1990 11,011 18.5%
2000 13,017 18.2%
2010 14,625 12.4%
Est. 2015 14,462 11.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,017 people, 4,468 households, and 3,132 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 5,250 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.87% White, 15.79% Black or African American, 1.26% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. 3.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,468 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% 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 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.20% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 31.50% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 117.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,575, and the median income for a family was $32,848. Males had a median income of $26,681 versus $21,176 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,379. About 14.80% of families and 20.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.60% of those under age 18 and 20.40% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Major Roads

Calhoun County FL sign on SR20
The sign for Calhoun County on State Road 20

Calhoun County has no Interstate or U.S. Highways, but does contain some important state roads.

See also: List of county roads in Calhoun County, Florida
  • Florida 20.svg State Road 20
  • Florida 69.svg State Road 69
  • Florida 71.svg State Road 71
  • Florida 73.svg State Road 73

Airport

  • Calhoun County Airport (Florida)

Library

Along with the 6 branches within the Calhoun County Public Library System, Calhoun County is also a part of the Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System. The PPLC also includes Holmes, Jackson, and Washington counties.

  • Blountstown Public Library
  • Altha Public Library
  • Hugh Creek Public Library
  • Kinard Public Library
  • Mossy Pond Public Library
  • Shelton Public Library

Communities

City

Town

Unincorporated communities


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