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

Population Facts and Figures

Total population:
1950: 7,922
2000: 13,017

County size: 567 square miles

Population density, 2000: 22.9 people per square mile (Calhoun County), 296.4 people per square mile (Florida)

Population growth rate, 1990-2000: 18.2% (Calhoun County), 23.5% (Florida)

Average household size: 2.53 people
Average family size: 3.02 people
Total number of households: 4,468

Females, percent of population: 46% (Calhoun County), 51% (Florida)

Racial composition
Calhoun CountyFlorida
White 79.978
Black/African-American 15.814.6
Other 4.37.4



Total number of children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools (pre-k through 12) in 2001: 2,212

Racial composition of schoolchildren,
Calhoun County, elementary and secondary schools (2001)

GroupPercentage
White 82.5
Black/African-American 13.8
Other 3.7
Source: Florida Department of Education



Poverty (percent of residents living below poverty level, 1999)
Calhoun CountyFlorida
Individuals20.012.5
Families headed by women with children under 5 58.344.6



Education (percent of residents age 25 and older, 2000)
Calhoun CountyFlorida
High school diploma or higher69.179.9
Bachelor's degree or higher7.722.3



Income (1999)
Calhoun CountyFlorida
Per person $12,379$21,557
Household $26,575$38,819



Major Local Employment Sectors

Total number of people employed in Calhoun County (2000): 4,640
Unemployment rate (2000): 5.1% (down from 7.1% in 1990)
Major economic sectors:
Service industries: 1,250
State and local government: 940
Retail trade: 720
Construction: 720
Source: Haas Center; U.S. Census

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County Information

County Seat: Blountstown
County Government Website:

www.calhounclerk.com
www.mycalhouncounty.com

Calhoun County Courthouse
20859 Central Avenue E., Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-4545

Calhoun County Planning Department
20859 Central Avenue E, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-8046

Calhoun County Cooperative Extension Service
20816 Central Avenue East, Suite 1, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-8323 // Fax (850) 674-8353
E-mail: calhoun@mail.ifas.ufl.edu

Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office
20776 Central Avenue E, Suite 2, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-5049 // Fax (850) 674-5586
For emergencies call 911

Emergency Services
Calhoun County Emergency Management
20859 Central Avenue East, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-8075 // Fax (850) 674-4667

Health Services
Calhoun County Public Health Department
19611 State Road 20 West, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-5645

Calhoun-Liberty Hospital
424 Burns Avenue, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-5411

Blountstown Health & Rehabilitation Center
224 Chipola Road, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-4311

Parthenon Health Care
17844 NE Crozier Street, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-5464

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Community Information

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

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

Municipalities

Altha (population in 2000: 506)

Altha Police Department
Highway 71 & 274, Altha, FL 32421
(850) 762-3900

Altha Fire Department
Broad Street, Altha, FL 32421
(850) 762-3300

Altha Town Council
118 S. Main Street, Altha, FL 32421
(850) 762-3280

Altha Public Library
25622 NE Central Avenue, Altha, FL 32421
(850) 762-8280

Blountstown (population in 2000: 2,444)

Blountstown Police Department
(850) 674-5987

Blountstown Fire Department
(850) 674-4988

Blountstown City Hall
20591 Central Avenue West, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-5488 // Fax (850) 674-8289
E-mail:
www.cityhall@blountstown.org
Website: www.blountstown.org

Blountstown Building Department
20591 Central Avenue West, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-5058

Public Schools

Calhoun County District Schools
20859 East Central Avenue (G-20), Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-5927 // Fax (850) 674-5814
www.paec.org/calhoun/district/

School District Data: www.firn.edu/doe/eias/flmove/county.htm

School Grades: schoolgrades.fldoe.org/

Altha Public School (K-12)
25793 N. Main Street, Altha, FL 32421
(850) 762-3121 // Fax (850) 762-9502

Blountstown Elementary (PK-5)
20883 NE Fuller Warren Drive, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-8169 // Fax (850) 674-8844

Blountstown Middle School (6-8)
21089 SE Mayhaw Ave., Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-8234 // Fax (850) 674-6480

Blountstown High School (9-12)
17586 Main Street North, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-5724 // Fax (850) 674-8865

Carr Elementary and Middle School (PK-8)
18987 NW SR 73, Clarksville, FL 32430
(850) 674-5395< // Fax (850) 674-3981

Libraries

Calhoun County Public Library
16908 North East Pear Street, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-8773
Website: plan.lib.fl.us/membership/calhoun2.htm

Branches:
Altha Public Library, Altha
Hugh Creek Public Library, Blountstown
Kinard Public Library, Kinard
Shelton’s Park Library, Altha

Chamber of Commerce
Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
20816 Central Avenue East, Suite 2, Blountstown, FL 32424
(850) 674-4519 // Fax (850) 674-4962
Website: www.calhounco.org

Arts and Culture: Calhoun County has three annual festivals: Goat Day (3rd Saturday in October), the Flathead Catfish Festival (May), and Panhandle Folk Life Days (April).

Outdoor Recreation Facilities

To find a state park in the Northwest Region of Florida, see the Florida State Park website at www.floridastateparks.org/northwest/default.asp.

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

Boat ramps are listed at www.floridaconservation.org/fishing/ramps/nw-ramps.html

Canoe trails: See the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s “Florida Trails” website for information on canoe trails in the ARROW region (myfwc.com/fltrails/region1/reg1in.html).

Fishing: The Chipola and Apalachicola rivers and their tributaries are excellent for bream and bass fishing. The Chipola can be accessed at SR 274 west of Altha and is home to the rare shoal bass (Micropterus cataractae). The Middle Apalachicola can be accessed from SR 20 at Blountstown. Some of its tributaries include Old River, Outside Lakes, Equaloxic Creek, Larkin Slough, River Styx, and Kennedy Creek.

Hunting areas: A list of public hunting areas in Northwest Florida can be found at wld.fwc.state.fl.us/hunting/wma/Northwest.htm. Florida hunting regulations can be found at wld.fwc.state.fl.us/hunting/default.html.

Bike routes: The Greenway Trail in Blountstown has four trailheads: Sam Atkins Park Trailhead, SR71 & 11th Street Trailhead, Blountstown Downtown Trailhead, and Neal's Landing Trailhead. The Greenways and Trails website lists hiking trails in the region (www.floridadep.org/gwt/).

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