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Population Facts and Figures | County Information | Community Information

Population Facts and Figures

Total population:
1950: 7,460
2000: 13,332

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
Average family size: 2.87 people
Total number of households: 4,931

Females, percent of population: 46.6% (Gulf County), 51% (Florida)

Racial composition
Gulf CountyFlorida
White 79.978
Black/African-American 16.914.6
Other 3.27.4

Total number of children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools (pre-k through 12) in 2001: 2,218

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

Group Percentage
White 80.6
Black/African-American 17.7
Other 1.7
Source: Florida Department of Education

Poverty (percent of residents living below poverty level, 1999)
Gulf CountyFlorida
Families headed by women with children under 5 61.444.6

Education (percent of residents age 25 and older, 2000)
Gulf CountyFlorida
High school diploma or higher72.679.9
Bachelor's degree or higher10.122.3

Income (1999)
Gulf CountyFlorida
Per person $14,449$21,557
Household $30,276$38,819

Major Local Employment Sectors

Total number of people employed in Gulf County (2002): 4,421
Unemployment rate (2000): 4.5% (down from 6.1% in 1990)
Major economic sectors:
Government 1,095
Service industries: 970
Manufacturing: 790
Retail trade: 590
Source: Gulf County Economic Development, Inc.; Haas Center; US Census

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County Information

County Seat: Port St. Joe

County Government Website:

Gulf County Courthouse
Gulf County courthouse in Port Saint Joe (courtesy Florida Photographic Archives)
Gulf County Courthouse
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 229-6106

Gulf County Planning Department
(850) 229-8944

Gulf County Cooperative Extension Service
200 North Second Street, Wewahitchka, Florida 32465
(850) 639-3200 or (850) 229-2909 // Fax (850) 639-3201

Gulf County Sheriff’s Office
1000 5th Street, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 227-1115

Gulf County Emergency Management
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd, Room 303, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 229-9110 // Fax (850) 229-9115

Health Services

Gulf County Health Department
2475 Garrison Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 227-1276

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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

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


Port St. Joe:

Port St. Joe City Hall
305 Cecil Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 229-8261

Port St. Joe Police Department
410 Williams Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 227-1414

Wewahitchka (population in 2000: 1,722)

Wewahitchka City Hall
117 S. 2nd Street, Wewahitchka, FL 32465
(850) 639-2605

Public Schools

Gulf County School District
150 Middle School Road, Port St. Joe, FL 32456-2261
(850) 229-8256 // Fax (850) 229-6089

School District Data:

School Grades:

Port St. Joe Elementary (PK-5)
2201 Long Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 227-1221 // Fax (850) 227-3422

Port St. Joe Middle School (6-8)
191 Middle School Road, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 227-3211 // Fax (850) 229-9078

Port St. Joe High School (9-12)
100 Shark Drive, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 229-8251 // Fax (850) 227-1803

Wewahitchka Elementary (PK-6)
514 E River Rd., Wewahitchka, FL 32465
(850) 639-2476 // Fax (850) 639-3298

Wewahitchka Middle School (7-8)
190 Alligator Alley, Wewahitchka, FL 32465
(850) 639-6840 // Fax (850) 639-6929

Wewahitchka High School (7-12)
1 Gator Circle, Wewahitchka, FL 32465
(850) 639-2228 // Fax(850) 639-5394

Junior/Community Colleges

Gulf Coast Community College (Panama City)

Adult Schools

Gulf County Adult School
2853 Long Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Phone (850) 227-1744 // Fax (850) 229-2724


Gulf County Public Library
Highway 71 North, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850) 229-8879

Charles Whitehead Public Library
314 North Second Street, Wewahitchka, Florida 32465
(850) 639-2419 (voice + TDD)

Chamber of Commerce
Gulf County Chamber of Commerce
104 Fourth Street
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Phone: (850) 227-1223
Fax: {850) 227-9684

Gulf County Economic Development Council
Gulf County Economic Development Council (G.C.E.D.C.)
P.O. Box 429. Port St. Joe, FL 32457
(850) 229-1901 // Fax (850) 229-1902

Arts and Culture

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

Festivals: Tupelo Honey Festival (April); Scallop Festival (Labor Day weekend)

Outdoor Recreation Facilities

To find state parks in northwest Florida, see For a list of Wildlife Management Areas by area and activity, see the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s recreation website

Boat Ramps: A list of boat ramps by county can be found at

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

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

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.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s “Florida Trails” website has information on canoe trials (

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:

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 ( More trail information is on the Florida Trail Association's website at

Public lands
Apalachicola River Water Management Area850-539-5999
Constitution Convention Museum State Park850-229-8029
Dead Lakes Park850-229-7800
Salinas Park850-229-7800
St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve850-670-4783; FAX 670-4324
St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge850-653-8808
T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park850-227-1327; FAX 850-227-1488

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Phone: (850) 224-8207
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