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Gulf County, Florida

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Gulf County is a county located in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,863. Its county seat is Port St. Joe.

Gulf County is included in the Panama City, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Gulf County Name

Gulf of Mexico


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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 US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 745 square miles (1,928 km2), of which, 555 square miles (1,436 km2) of it is land and 190 square miles (492 km2) of it (25.52%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

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


Gulf County is served by Gulf County Schools.

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