How Many People
Quality of Life
People: County Profiles: Calhoun County
Population Facts and Figures
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
Females, percent of population: 46% (Calhoun County), 51% (Florida)
Total number of children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools (pre-k through 12) in 2001: 2,212
Racial composition of schoolchildren,
Poverty (percent of residents living below poverty level, 1999)
Education (percent of residents age 25 and older, 2000)
Major Local Employment Sectors
Total number of people employed in Calhoun County (2000): 4,640
County Seat: Blountstown
Calhoun County Courthouse
Calhoun County Planning Department
Calhoun County Cooperative Extension Service
Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office
Blountstown Health & Rehabilitation Center
Parthenon Health Care
Apalachee Regional Planning Council
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Altha (population in 2000: 506)
Altha Police Department
Altha Fire Department
Altha Town Council
Altha Public Library
Blountstown (population in 2000: 2,444)
Blountstown Police Department
Blountstown Fire Department
Blountstown Building Department
Calhoun County District Schools
School District Data: www.firn.edu/doe/eias/flmove/county.htm
School Grades: schoolgrades.fldoe.org/
Altha Public School (K-12)
Blountstown Elementary (PK-5)
Blountstown Middle School (6-8)
Blountstown High School (9-12)
Carr Elementary and Middle School (PK-8)
Calhoun County Public Library
Chamber of Commerce
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/).