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Washington County
Washington County Courthouse
Washington County Courthouse
Official seal of Washington County
Map of Florida highlighting Washington County
Location within the U.S. state of Florida
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Florida's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Florida
Founded December 9, 1825
Named for George Washington
Seat Chipley
Largest city Chipley
 • Total 616 sq mi (1,600 km2)
 • Land 583 sq mi (1,510 km2)
 • Water 33 sq mi (90 km2)  5.4%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Washington County is a county located in the northwestern part of the state of Florida, in the Panhandle. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,935. Its county seat is Chipley. Washington County was a prohibition or entirely dry county, meaning that the sale of alcoholic beverages was banned in the county.

The County is served by The Tri-County Airport, a public use general aviation airport 5.3 miles northwest of Chipley, which has a 5400 foot runway, passenger terminal and two instrument approaches. (Washington County appoints 3 of the 9 member Board of Directors who govern the airport.)


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Washington County Courthouse in Chipley

Washington County, Florida was created in 1825, and was nearly twice the size of the State of Delaware, stretching all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. After a century of boundary shifts, the county, with over 382,000 acres (1,546 km2) of rolling hills covered in thick, stately pines and mixed hardwood forests, now covers a large portion of the central Florida Panhandle.

Over a span of more than 150 years, Washington County has seen Native American, Spanish and English cultural influences. The County's historical lore is rich with stories of the exploits of Andrew Jackson. There are numerous Native American Mounds and evidence of strong settlements still being discovered.

Named after George Washington, the first President of the United States of America, the area was first settled by those seeking both economic and political freedom in this frontier land of vast timber and mineral resources. Inland waterway transportation brought about heavy river settlements. The arrival of railroads in the late 1800s boosted economic, social and political developments.

Vernon, the geographical center of the county derives is named for George Washington's Virginia home, Mt. Vernon. The pioneer town was also the site of a major Indian settlement.

The county courthouse was located in Vernon during the early part of this century until a railroad town in northeastern Washington County, Chipley, became the new and present county seat in 1927.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 616 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 583 square miles (1,510 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (5.4%) is water.

Adjacent Counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 978
1840 859 −12.2%
1850 1,950 127.0%
1860 2,154 10.5%
1870 2,302 6.9%
1880 4,089 77.6%
1890 6,426 57.2%
1900 10,154 58.0%
1910 16,403 61.5%
1920 11,828 −27.9%
1930 12,180 3.0%
1940 12,302 1.0%
1950 11,888 −3.4%
1960 11,249 −5.4%
1970 11,453 1.8%
1980 14,509 26.7%
1990 16,919 16.6%
2000 20,973 24.0%
2010 24,896 18.7%
2019 (est.) 25,473 2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015 2019

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,973 people, 7,931 households, and 5,646 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 inhabitants per square mile (14/km2). There were 9,503 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 81.72% White, 13.69% Black or African American, 1.54% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.58% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. 2.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,931 households, out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.20% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.40% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 105.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,922, and the median income for a family was $33,057. Males had a median income of $26,597 versus $20,198 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,980. About 15.40% of families and 19.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.90% of those under age 18 and 19.40% of those age 65 or over.


The Washington County School District includes:

  • Kate Smith Elementary School
  • Vernon Elementary School
  • Roulhac Middle School
  • Vernon Middle School
  • Chipley High School
  • Vernon High School (Vernon, Florida)

Washington Public Library System

Washington County Public Library system has four branches:

  • Washington County Public Library (Chipley Library)
  • Sam Mitchell Public Library
  • Wausau Public Library
  • Sunny Hills Public Library



  • Washington County is served Tri-County Airport in Bonifay.

Major highways

  • I-10.svg Interstate 10
  • US 90.svg US 90
  • Florida 20.svg State Road 20
  • Florida 77.svg State Road 77
  • Florida 79.svg State Road 79
  • Florida 273.svg State Road 273
  • Florida 277.svg State Road 277

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