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Graceville, Florida
Welcome to Graceville Sign located on HWY 77
Welcome to Graceville Sign located on HWY 77
Location in Jackson County, Holmes County and the state of Florida
Location in Jackson County, Holmes County and the state of Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Jackson
Area
 • Total 4.44 sq mi (11.49 km2)
 • Land 4.33 sq mi (11.21 km2)
 • Water 0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
Elevation
151 ft (46 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,153
 • Density 497.46/sq mi (192.05/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
32440
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-27000
GNIS feature ID 0283260

Graceville is a city in Jackson County, Florida, United States. It is near the Alabama state line. The population was 2,278 at the 2010 census. A large portion of Graceville's rural acreage is located in Holmes County, Florida, United States.

Geography

Graceville is located at 30°57′33″N 85°30′48″W / 30.95917°N 85.51333°W / 30.95917; -85.51333 (30.959044, −85.513280).

Land area: 916 sq mi (2,370 km2). Region of the country: Southeast Average temperature: 67.2 Average high temperature: 79.0 Average low temperature: 55.0 Annual rain: 66.0 inches Annual snowfall: 0.0 inches Earthquake index: 0.0

Jackson County is a rural community primarily composed of business in agriculture, manufacturing, service, and retail trade. In addition, many government facilities are located within the county, including a federal prison and three state correctional institutions. Elevation ranges from 50 to 330 feet (100 m) above sea level. Marianna is 185 feet (56 m) above sea level.

Soil composition ranges from sandy to clay base. The most typical soil is sandy loam. Jackson County has a vast deposit of nearly pure limestone. The county abounds in lakes including Lake Seminole, Compass Lake, Merritt's Mill Pond and Ocheessee Pond. The Chattahoochee River-Apalachicola River, which is navigable and has a nine-foot channel depth, forms the county's eastern border. The Chipola River flows south through the center of the county.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 734
1920 840 14.4%
1930 1,012 20.5%
1940 1,181 16.7%
1950 1,638 38.7%
1960 2,307 40.8%
1970 2,560 11.0%
1980 2,918 14.0%
1990 2,675 −8.3%
2000 2,402 −10.2%
2010 2,278 −5.2%
2020 2,153 −5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Graceville racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 1,370 63.63%
Black or African American (NH) 582 27.03%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 7 0.33%
Asian (NH) 9 0.42%
Some Other Race (NH) 9 0.42%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 85 3.95%
Hispanic or Latino 91 4.23%
Total 2,153

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,153 people, 817 households, and 522 families residing in the city.

Transportation

Graceville was served by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad at the end of the stub Georgiana Branch which reached the town on July 16, 1902, and, later, by the Seaboard System from 1983, and then by the Alabama and Florida Railroad, when the line was spun off as a shortline. The line was freight-only, the last L&N passenger local having come off circa late 1950. Train 27 departed Georgiana, Alabama, at 7:15 a.m., arriving at Graceville at 10:40 a.m. Returning train 28 departed Graceville at 11:05 a.m. and arrived at Georgiana at 2:35 p.m. Following World War II, with the improvement of local roads and the availability of private vehicles, the railroad petitioned the Alabama Public Service Commission to discontinue daily except Sunday trains between Georgiana and Graceville on November 6, 1947. "Passenger travel on trains 27 and 28 is now, and has been for several years, at a very low ebb, there being times when the train crew exceeds the number of passengers on the train," explained the railroad company in court documents dated October 31, 1950, appealing the commission's refusal to allow discontinuance. The operating deficit averaged ~$188 per day.

The A&F abandoned the line between Geneva and Graceville on January 16, 1984. The Atlanta and St. Andrews Bay Railroad also built a seven-mile connection into town from the east from their Dothan-Panama City mainline at Campbellton, completed July 14, 1971, but this, too, was abandoned by 1996 after the possible bridge traffic from the A&F disappeared. The "Bay Line" would buy the small yard and wye in town from the A&F. Only a few rails embedded in former town grade crossings mark the abandoned right of ways.

Education

  • Graceville Elementary School
  • Graceville High School
  • Poplar Springs High School
  • Baptist College of Florida

Notable people

  • Neal Anderson, former professional football player
  • John Wayne Mixson, former lieutenant Governor of Florida, former Governor of Florida
  • Ricky Polston, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
  • Bob Snyder (musician)
  • Colston Weatherington, Former professional football player
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