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Cottondale, Florida
Location in Jackson County and the state of Florida
Location in Jackson County and the state of Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Jackson
Government
 • Type City Council
Area
 • Total 3.41 sq mi (8.84 km2)
 • Land 3.27 sq mi (8.47 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.37 km2)
Elevation
131 ft (40 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 848
 • Density 259.41/sq mi (100.16/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
32431
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-14850
GNIS feature ID 0280886

Cottondale is a town in Jackson County, Florida, United States. The population was 933 at the 2010 census, up from 869 at the 2000 census.

Cottondale has a police force of four to five sworn officers; the police chief is Willam Watford. Cottondale High School is located here.

Cottondale, with convenient four-lane highway access to both Dothan, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida, was a scheduled stop for Amtrak's Sunset Limited from 1993 to 2005, when damage to railroad lines and bridges resulted in curtailment of the train's route east of New Orleans. Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad acquired most of the CSX main line from Pensacola to Jacksonville on June 1, 2019.

The town was one of several Florida Panhandle communities devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018.

Geography

Cottondale is located at 30°47′49″N 85°22′34″W / 30.79694°N 85.37611°W / 30.79694; -85.37611 (30.796810, -85.376031).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), of which 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (10.65%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 438
1930 550 25.6%
1940 719 30.7%
1950 747 3.9%
1960 849 13.7%
1970 765 −9.9%
1980 1,056 38.0%
1990 900 −14.8%
2000 869 −3.4%
2010 933 7.4%
2020 848 −9.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Cottondale racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 551 64.98%
Black or African American (NH) 167 19.69%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 1 0.12%
Asian (NH) 3 0.35%
Some Other Race (NH) 4 0.47%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 77 9.08%
Hispanic or Latino 45 5.31%
Total 848

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 848 people, 343 households, and 230 families residing in the town.

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