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Walton County, Florida

Walton County, Florida
Walton County Courthouse
Seal of Walton County, Florida
Seal
Map of Florida highlighting Walton County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded December 29, 1824
Seat DeFuniak Springs
Largest city DeFuniak Springs
Area
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 • Land Script error: No such module "convert".
 • Water Script error: No such module "convert"., 16.3%
Population
 • (2010) 55,043
 • Density 53/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.walton.fl.us

Walton County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,043.[1] Its county seat is DeFuniak Springs.[2] The county is home to the highest natural point in Florida: Britton Hill, at Script error: No such module "convert"..

Walton County is included in the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Walton County was created in 1824. It was named for George Walton, Secretary of the Florida territory from 1821 to 1826.[3]

The county was settled in the early 18th Century by Scots who migrated from the Carolinas. The original settlements were in the Euchee (Yuchi) Valley near the landing on the Choctawhatchee River maintained by an Indian named Sam Story. They established one of the first Presbyterian churches in Northwest Florida which is still a functioning parish with an historical cemetery.

Geography

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The summit of Britton Hill, the state of Florida's highest point at 345 feet, is located in northern Walton County

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of Script error: No such module "convert"., of which Script error: No such module "convert". is land and Script error: No such module "convert". (16.3%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.

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As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 40,601 people, 16,548 households, and 11,120 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 29,083 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.41% White, 6.98% Black or African American, 1.28% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. 2.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,548 households out of which 26.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.80% were non-families. 27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the county the population was spread out with 21.70% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 26.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 105.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,407, and the median income for a family was $37,663. Males had a median income of $26,799 versus $21,208 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,198. About 11.60% of families and 14.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.00% of those under age 18 and 10.90% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2012 75.9% 23.3% 1.5%
2008 72.1% 26.4% 1.5%
2004 73.2% 25.9% 0.9%
2000 66.5% 30.8% 2.7%
1996 49.7% 34.4% 15.9%
1992 42.2% 28.7% 29.1%
1988 69.3% 29.9% 0.8%

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Libraries

Walton County has 4 branches, including the historic DeFuniak Springs Library.

  • Coastal
  • DeFuniak Springs
  • Freeport
  • Gladys N. Milton Memorial Library

Communities

File:DeFuniak Springs Hist Dist crths01.jpg
Walton County Courthouse, 2008

Cities

Town

Unincorporated communities

Gallery

Transportation

Airports

Highways

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. Publications of the Florida Historical Society. Florida Historical Society. 1908. p. 34. 
  4. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  5. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  6. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  7. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  8. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  9. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  10. Reference: http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/datagraph.php?fips=12&year=1988&off=0&elect=0&f=0
  11. http://www.coastaldunelakes.org/home.html

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

Special districts

Judicial branch

Media links

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