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

1,238 sq mi (3,206 km²)

180 sq mi (466 km²), 14.58%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

40,601
39/sq mi (15/km²)
Founded 29 December 1824
Website www.co.walton.fl.us

Walton County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 40,601. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 50,324 [1]. Its county seat is DeFuniak Springs, Florida.[1] The county is home to the highest point in Florida: Britton Hill, at 345 feet.

Contents

History

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

In 1951, Mossy Head became the interchange point for a base railroad constructed between the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and Eglin Air Force Base, located partially in Walton County. The line operated until the early 1980s, and a short section on the north end of the alignment still exists for rail shipments.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,238 square miles (3,206 km²), of which, 1,058 square miles (2,739 km²) of it is land and 180 square miles (467 km²) of it (14.58%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[2] 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.

Places

Walton County Courthouse, 2008

Incorporated

  1. City of DeFuniak Springs
  2. City of Freeport
  3. Town of Paxton

Unincorporated

  1. Argyle
  2. Eucheanna (Euchee Valley)
  3. Glendale
  4. Grayton Beach
  5. Miramar Beach
  6. Mossy Head
  7. Seaside
  8. Santa Rosa Beach

See also

  1. Beaches of South Walton, Florida

References

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

Special districts

Judicial branch

Media links

Coordinates: 30°37′N 86°10′W / 30.61°N 86.17°W / 30.61; -86.17


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Walton County, Florida
File:Walton County FL logo.png
Map
File:Map of Florida highlighting Walton County.png
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the USA highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 29 December 1824
Seat De Funiak Springs
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 14.58%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

40601
Website: www.co.walton.fl.us

Walton County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 40,601. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 50,324 [1]. Its county seat is De Funiak Springs.6 The county is home to the highest point in Florida: Britton Hill, at 345 feet.

Contents

History

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

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,206 km² (1,238 sq mi). 2,739 km² (1,058 sq mi) of it is land and 467 km² (180 sq mi) of it (14.58%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 40,601 people, 16,548 households, and 11,120 families residing in the county. The population density was 15/km² (38/sq mi). There were 29,083 housing units at an average density of 11/km² (28/sq mi). 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.

Places

Incorporated

  1. City of De Funiak Springs
  2. City of Freeport
  3. Town of Paxton

Unincorporated

  1. Grayton Beach
  2. Miramar Beach
  3. Mossy Head
  4. Seaside

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

Special districts

Judicial branch

Coordinates: 30°37′N 86°10′W / 30.61, -86.17

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