How Many People
Quality of Life
People: County Profiles: Gulf County
Population Facts and Figures
County size: 555 square miles
Population density, 2000: 24.0 people per square mile (Gulf County), 296.4 people per square mile (Florida)
Population growth rate, 1990-2000: 15.9% (Gulf County), 23.5% (Florida)
Average household size: 2.42 people
Females, percent of population: 46.6% (Gulf County), 51% (Florida)
Total number of children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools (pre-k through 12) in 2001: 2,218
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 Gulf County (2002): 4,421
County Seat: Port St. Joe
County Government Website: www.gulfcountygovernment.com
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Gulf County Planning Department
Gulf County Cooperative Extension Service
Gulf County Sheriff’s Office
Gulf County Emergency Management
Gulf County Health Department
Apalachee Regional Planning Council
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission--Northwest Region
Port St. Joe:
Port St. Joe City Hall
Port St. Joe Police Department
Wewahitchka (population in 2000: 1,722)
Wewahitchka City Hall
Gulf County School District
School District Data:
Port St. Joe Elementary (PK-5)
Port St. Joe Middle School (6-8)
Port St. Joe High School (9-12)
Wewahitchka Elementary (PK-6)
Wewahitchka Middle School (7-8)
Wewahitchka High School (7-12)
Gulf Coast Community College (Panama City)
Gulf County Adult School
Gulf County Public Library
Charles Whitehead Public Library
Chamber of Commerce
Gulf County Economic Development Council
Arts and Culture
The Gulf Alliance for Local Arts, Inc.
Festivals: Tupelo Honey Festival (April); Scallop Festival (Labor Day weekend)
Outdoor Recreation Facilities
To find state parks in northwest Florida, see 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: A list of boat ramps by county can be found 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).
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.
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 www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/apalachicola/info.htm or NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System website (nerrs.noaa.gov/Apalachicola/welcome.html).
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s “Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail” website contains information on canoe and kayak trips along the coast.
Fishing: Dead Lakes State Park and the Apalachicola River are two of Gulf County's well-known fishing spots. There are also many artificial reefs off the coast for saltwater fishing, listed here: myfwc.com/marine/ar/reef_locator.asp.
Camping: Dead Lakes State Recreation Area in Wewahitchka and St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Port St. Joe offer camping.
Hiking Trails: The Greenways and Trails website lists several hiking trails in the region (www.floridadep.org/gwt/). More trail information is on the Florida Trail Association's website at www.florida-trail.org.