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In This Section:
Population Facts and Figures | County Information | Community Information

Population Facts and Figures

Total population:
1950: 5,814
2000: 11,057

County size: 544 square miles

Population density, 2000: 20.3 people per square mile (Franklin County), 296.4 people per square mile (Florida)

Population growth rate, 1990-2000: 23.3% (Franklin County), 23.5% (Florida)

Average household size: 2.28 people
Average family size: 2.77 people
Total number of households: 4,096

Females, percent of population: 43.5% (Franklin County), 51% (Florida)

Racial composition
Franklin CountyFlorida
White 81.278
Black/African-American 16.314.6
Other 2.57.4

Total number of children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools (pre-k through 12) in 2001: 1,442

Racial composition of schoolchildren,
Franklin County, elementary and secondary schools (2001)
Group Percentage
White 82.4
Black/African-American 16.2
Other 1.4
Source: Florida Department of Education

Poverty (percent of residents living below poverty level, 1999)
Franklin CountyFlorida
Families headed by women with children under 5 66.344.6

Education (percent of residents age 25 and older, 2000)
Franklin CountyFlorida
High school diploma or higher68.379.9
Bachelor's degree or higher12.422.3

Income (1999)
Franklin CountyFlorida
Per person $16,140$21,557
Household $26,756$38,819

Major Local Employment Sectors

Total number of people employed in Franklin County (2000): 5,080
Unemployment rate (2000): 2.5% (down from 5.3% in 1990)
Major economic sectors:
Service industries: 1,240
Retail trade: 940
Agriculture: 880
State and local government 640
Source: Haas Center/US Census

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County Information

County Seat: Apalachicola
County Government Website:

Franklin County Courthouse
33 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 32329
(850) 653-8861, ext. 100

Franklin County Emergency Management Department
33 Commerce Street, Apalachicola Florida 32320
(850) 653-8977 // Fax (850) 653-3643
Call 911 for emergencies

Franklin County Planning Department
33 Market Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
(850) 653-9783

Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service
28 Airport Road, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
(850) 653-9337

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
270 Hwy 65, Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8500

Health Services

Franklin County Health Department
139 12th Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
(850) 653-2111

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Community Information

Apalachee Regional Planning Council
20776 Central Avenue East, Suite 1, Blountstown, Florida 32424
Phone: (850) 674-4571 // Fax (850) 674-4574

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Lt. Col. Louie Roberson, Regional Director
3911 Hwy. 2321, Panama City, Florida 32409-1658
(850) 265-3676
24-hour Law Enforcement: (850) 233-5150


Apalachicola (population in 2000: 2,334)

Apalachicola City Hall
1 Avenue East, Apalachicola, FL 32320
(850) 653-9319

Apalachicola Police Department
1 Avenue E, Apalachicola, FL 32320
(850) 653-9432

Carrabelle (population in 2000: 1,303)
Carrabelle City Hall
106 S.E. Avenue B, P.O. Drawer 569, Carrabelle, FL 32322-0569
(850) 697-3618

Carrabelle Police Department
P.O. Drawer 569, Carrabelle, FL 32322
(850) 697-3691

Public Schools

Franklin County School District
155 Avenue E, Apalachicola, Florida 32320-2099
(850) 653-8831 // Fax (850) 653-3705

School District Data:

School Grades:

Chapman Elementary School (PK-6)
98 12th Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
(850) 653-8857 // Fax (850) 653-8420

Brown Elementary School (PK-6)
85 School Road, Eastpoint, Florida 32328
(850) 670-8458 // (850) 670-8579 Fax

Apalachicola High School (7-12)
1 Shark Boulevard, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
(850) 653-8811 // Fax (850) 653-2782

Carrabelle High School (PK-12)
1001 Gray Avenue, Carrabelle, Florida 32322
(850) 697-3815 // Fax (850) 697-2710

Apalachicola Bay Charter School (K-3)
P.O. Box 777, 1 Bay Avenue, Apalachicola, FL 32320


Franklin County Public Library
311 St. James Avenue, Carrabelle, Florida 32322

Apalachicola Program Center: (850) 653-2784

Eastpoint Branch: (850) 670-8151

Carrabelle Branch: (850) 697-2366

The Wilderness Coast Libraries Bookmobile visits Franklin County on a monthly basis. For more information and bookmobile schedule, see

Chamber of Commerce Websites:


The Gulf Alliance for Local Arts, Inc.
1308 Garrison Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
850/227-3745 // Fax 850/227-9365

Outdoor Recreation Facilities

State parks: To find a state park in northwest Florida, see the Florida State Park website at Among the state parks in Franklin County are Bald Point State Park and St. George Island State Park.

For a list of Wildlife Management Areas by area and activity, see the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s recreation website

Aquatic preserve: The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR, for short) is one of 26 such reserves in the country. These research areas not only help protect sensitive estuarine lands and waters, but they also serve to educate the public and provide study areas for scientists. See or NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System website (

Canoe trails: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s “Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail” website contains information on canoe and kayak trips along the coast.

See the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s “Florida Trails” website for information on canoe trails in the ARROW region (

Boat ramps: See

Hunting areas: A list of public hunting areas in Northwest Florida can be found at Florida hunting regulations can be found at

Hiking trails: The High Bluff Coastal Trail in Tate’s Hell State Forest is maintained by the Florida Division of Forestry. The trailhead for this 2-mile hike is on Highway 98, 4 miles west of Carrabelle. The Greenways and Trails website lists hiking trails in the region (

Public lands
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve850-670-4783; FAX 670-4324
Apalachicola National Forest850-523-8500
Apalachicola River Water Management Area850-539-5999
Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area850-827-2934; FAX 850-827-2258
Bald Point State Park850-349-9146; FAX 850-349-9146
Box-R850-827-2934; FAX 850-827-2258
Cape St. George State Reserve850-670-4783; FAX 670-4324
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park850-927-2111; FAX 850-927-2500
Fort Gadsden Historic Site850-942-9300
John Gorrie Museum State Park850-653-9347
Orman House850-653-1209
St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge850-653-8808
Tate's Hell State Forest850-697-3734, 850-414-1137
Tate's Hell Wildlife Management Area850-697-3734 EXT. 104

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Florida Natural Areas Inventory
1018 Thomasville Road
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Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Phone: (850) 224-8207
Fax: (850) 681-9364