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In 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today.In 1968, the electors of Florida granted local voters the power to adopt charters to govern their counties. Charters are formal written documents that confer powers, duties, or privileges on the county. To date, there are 19 charter Counties in Florida. Collectively these Counties are home to more than 75 percent of Florida's residents.

Gulf County, Florida

Gulf County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Port Saint Joe
Year Organized: 1925
Square Miles: 565
Court House:

1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd
County Courthouse
Port Saint Joe, FL 32456-1653

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Gulf of Mexico


County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Gulf County, created in 1925, was named for the Gulf of Mexico. Wewahitchka, was its first county seat and the 1927 Gulf County Courthouse is still in existence. In 1965 the county seat was moved to Port Saint Joe, which under its original name Saint Joseph, had been the site of Florida's first Constitutional Convention in 1838.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 745 square miles (1,928 km˛), of which, 555 square miles (1,436 km˛) of it is land and 190 square miles (492 km˛) of it (25.52%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Calhoun County
  • Northeast: Liberty County
  • Southeast: Franklin County
  • Southwest: Gulf of Mexico
  • Northwest: Bay County

Cities and Towns:

- Port St. Joe (County Seat) city Incorporated Area
- Wewahitchka city Incorporated Area

County Resources:

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