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The future of Forgotten Florida

In the 19th century, railroads brought tourists and new residents by the thousands to Florida�s Atlantic coast. Travel in the eastern Panhandle was much more difficult, and these regions were left behind. Hence the alluring nicknames recently given to the eastern Panhandle: the �Forgotten Coast,� the �Undiscovered Florida.�

Today, these terms no longer apply. Percentage-wise, Wakulla County is one of the fastest-growing counties in Florida. Along the coast in Franklin and Gulf counties, big residential developments are in the planning stages. In 2002, about 1.2 million people lived in the Florida panhandle. By 2030, more than 1.7 million will live here -- an increase of 39 percent in less than 30 years.

People Jogging
Men jogging, Cape San Blas, Gulf County (photo courtesy Florida Photographic Archives)

The �People� pages linked to this web page provide information useful to new residents and to visitors thinking about moving to this area. Here you will find population projections, some perspectives on factors that affect the quality of life in the region, and directories for each county�s hospitals, schools, recreation facilities, and local governments, along with census data.

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This page was last modified on : 08/09/2004

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