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There are sixty-seven counties in the state of Florida. 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. Its last county was created in 1925 with the formation of Gilchrist County from a segment of Alachua County.

Gulf County, Florida

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Gulf County is a county located in the panhandle of the US state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 15,863. Gulf County was created on June 6, 1925 from Calhoun County. The county seat is Port St. Joe. This county is named for the Gulf of Mexico.

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

Etymology - Origin of Gulf County Name

The county is named for the Gulf of Mexico.


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Gulf County History

Gulf County, created in 1925, is 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.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the 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.

Gulf county is located in northwest Florida. Gulf County is bordered on the North by Calhoun County, on the West by Bay County, on the East by Franklin and Liberty Counties and on the South by the Gulf of Mexico.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • 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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