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Escambia County, Florida
Seal of Escambia County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Escambia County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the U.S. highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Seat Pensacola
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

876 sq mi (2,269 km²)
662 sq mi (1,715 km²)
213 sq mi (552 km²), 24.35%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

294,410
445/sq mi (172/km²)
Founded July 21, 1821
Website www.co.escambia.fl.us

This page is about the county in Florida, for other uses of the name, see Escambia (disambiguation).

Escambia County is the westernmost county in the U.S. state of Florida. The 2000 population was 294,210. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 296,772.[1] Its county seat is Pensacola, Florida.[2]

Contents

History

Escambia County was created on July 21, 1821.[3] It was named for the Escambia River. Escambia County and St. Johns County were Florida's original two counties with the Suwannee River being the boundary between the two. The name "Escambia" may be derived from the Creek name "Shambia", meaning "clearwater",[4] or the Choctaw word for "cane-brake" or "reed-brake".[5]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 876 square miles (2,268 km²).662 square miles (1,715 km²) of it is land and 213 square miles (552 km²) of it (24.35%) is water.

The county includes the island of Santa Rosa, which is separate from Santa Rosa County proper.

Escambia County is part of the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 294,410 people, 111,049 households, and 74,180 families residing in the county. The population density was 444 people per square mile (172/km²). There were 124,647 housing units at an average density of 188 per square mile (73/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 72.35% White, 21.40% Black or African American, 0.90% Native American, 2.21% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. 2.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 111,049 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.80% were married couples living together, 15.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 12.20% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,234, and the median income for a family was $41,708. Males had a median income of $31,054 versus $22,023 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,641. About 12.10% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.70% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Escambia County is governed by a five-member Board of County Commissioners, each commissioner representing one of five districts. The County Commission appoints a County Administrator as chief administrative officer of the county.

The chief law enforcement authority of Escambia County is the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

Education

Public primary and secondary education schools in Pensacola are administered by the Escambia County School District.

The University of West Florida and Pensacola Junior College, as well as Pensacola Christian College, are located in Escambia County.

Local media

Print

The largest daily newspaper in the area is the Pensacola News Journal. There is also a weekly newspaper called The Independent News[1].

Television

One major network is broadcast from Pensacola, viz., ABC affiliate WEAR. Several major networks are broadcast from nearby Mobile, such as CBS affiliate WKRG, NBC affiliate WPMI, and Fox affiliate WALA. The following is a list of broadcast television stations in the Mobile, AlabamaPensacolaFort Walton Beach, Florida market.[7] Cox Communications provides cable television service within the county, and television advertising through its subsidiary, Cox Media [2].

By channel:
3 | 5 | 8 | 10 | 12 | 15 | 21 | 23 | 30 | 33 | 35 | 39 | 42 | 44 | 48 | 53 | 55 | 58 | 60

By callsign:
W30BX | W39BP | WALA | WAWD | WFNA | WBQP | WEAR | WEIQ | WFBD | WFGX | WHBR | WJTC | WKRG | WMPV | WPAN | WPMI | WRBD | WSRE

Radio

Radio stations in the Pensacola / Mobile market (Arbitron#123)

Cities and towns

Incorporated

Unincorporated

Ghost towns

Politics

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democrat Other
2008 59.0% 39.8% 1.2%
2004 65.3% 33.7% 1.0%
2000 62.6% 35.1% 8.5%
1996 56.5% 35.1% 8.4%
1992 50.2% 30.5% 19.3%
1988 68.0% 31.4% 0.5%

References

  1. ^ "Census Data by Florida County". http://www.census.gov/popest/counties/tables/CO-EST2005-01-12.xls. Retrieved 2007-03-26.  
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ http://www.myfloridagenealogy.com/fl_county/es.htm
  4. ^ Escambia County Alabama History - accessed August 18, 2009
  5. ^ Alabama Department of Archives and History - accessed August 18, 2009
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  7. ^ (Nielsen DMA#59)

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

Special districts

Judicial branch

Civic and Community Organizations

Coordinates: 30°37′N 87°20′W / 30.61°N 87.33°W / 30.61; -87.33


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Escambia County, Florida
Seal of Escambia County, Florida
Map
File:Map of Florida highlighting Escambia County.png
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the USA highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded July 21 1821
Seat Pensacola
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 24.35%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

294410
Website: www.co.escambia.fl.us

Escambia County is the westernmost county in the U.S. state of Florida. The 2000 population was 294,210. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 296,772.[1] Its county seat is Pensacola.6

Contents

History

Main article: History of Pensacola, Florida

Escambia County was created in 1821. It was named for the Escambia River, whose name in turn comes from a Spanish word for "barter" or "exchange." Escambia County and St. Johns County were Florida's original two counties with the Suwannee River being the boundary between the two.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,268 km² (876 sq mi). 1,715 km² (662 sq mi) of it is land and 552 km² (213 sq mi) of it (24.35%) is water.

The county includes the island of Santa Rosa, which is separate from Santa Rosa County proper.

Escambia County is part of the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 294,410 people, 111,049 households, and 74,180 families residing in the county. The population density was 172/km² (444/sq mi). There were 124,647 housing units at an average density of 73/km² (188/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 72.35% White, 21.40% Black or African American, 0.90% Native American, 2.21% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. 2.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 111,049 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.80% were married couples living together, 15.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 12.20% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,234, and the median income for a family was $41,708. Males had a median income of $31,054 versus $22,023 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,641. About 12.10% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.70% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Main article: Escambia County School District

Public primary and secondary education schools in Pensacola are administered by the Escambia County School District.

Local media

Print

The largest daily newspaper in the area is the Pensacola News Journal. There is also a weekly newspaper called The Independent News[1].

Television

One major network is broadcast from Pensacola, viz., ABC affiliate WEAR. Several major networks are broadcast from nearby Mobile, such as CBS affiliate WKRG, NBC affiliate WPMI, and FOX affiliate WALA. The following is a list of Broadcast television stations in the Mobile, Alabama / Pensacola - Fort Walton Beach, Florida market  (Nielsen DMA#59)

By frequency:
3 | 5 | 8 | 10 | 12 | 15 | 21 | 23 | 30 | 33 | 35 | 39 | 42 | 44 | 48 | 53 | 55 | 58 | 60

By callsign:
W30BX | W39BP | WALA | WAWD | WBPG | WBQP | WEAR | WEIQ | WFBD | WFGX | WHBR | WJTC | WKRG | WMPV | WPAN | WPMI | WRBD | WSRE

Radio

Radio stations in the Pensacola / Mobile market (Arbitron#123)

By frequency:
(FM) 88.1 | 89.5 | 90.5 | 91.3 | 91.7 | 92.9 | 94.1 | 94.9 | 95.7 | 96.1 | 96.5 | 97.5 | 98.1 | 98.7 | 99.9 | 100.7 | 101.5 | 102.7 | 104.1 | 106.1 | 107.3

(AM) 550 | 610 | 790 | 980 | 1090 | 1230 | 1330 | 1370 | 1450 | 1620

By callsign:
WABB | WASG | WBLX | WBSR | WCOA | WEBY | WEGS | WGCX | WHIL | WJLQ | WKSJ | WMEZ | WMXC | WNRP | WNVY | WPCS | WPNN | WRKH | WRNE | WRRX | WTGF | WTKE | WTKX | WUWF | WVTJ | WXBM | WYCL | WYCT | WYOK | WZNO | WZNS

Cities and towns

Incorporated

Unincorporated

Politics

Like the rest of the Deep South, Escambia County was traditionally a Democratic stronghold when it came to local, state and congressional races. The county backed Alabama Governor George Wallace in the 1968 presidential election and, since then, has trended strongly Republican, much like the areas that surround it.

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2004 65.3% 33.7% 1.0%
2000 62.6% 35.1% 8.5%
1996 56.5% 35.1% 8.4%
1992 50.2% 30.5% 19.3%
1988 68.0% 31.4% 0.5%

References

  1. ^ Census Data by Florida County. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

Special districts

Judicial branch

Coordinates: 30°37′N 87°20′W / 30.61, -87.33

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Escambia County, Florida
Map

Location in the state of Florida

Florida's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded July 21, 1821
Seat Pensacola
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

876 sq mi (2,269 km²)
662 sq mi (1,715 km²)
213 sq mi (552 km²), 24.35%
PopulationEst.
 - (2000)
 - Density

294,410
445/sq mi (172/km²)
Website: http://www.co.escambia.fl.us/
Named for: Escambia River

Escambia County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida, and was formed on July 21, 1821. As of 2000, the population is 294,410. Escambia County's seat is Pensacola.

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