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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.
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Jefferson County, Florida

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Jefferson County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,761. Its county seat is Monticello.

Jefferson County is part of the Tallahassee, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Jefferson County Name

Thomas Jefferson, President, US, 1801-1809.


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County History

Jefferson County was created in 1827. It was named for Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States of America, who served from 1801 to 1809.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 637 square miles (1,649 km2), of which, 598 square miles (1,548 km2) of it is land and 39 square miles (101 km2) of it (6.11%) is water.

Jefferson County is part of the Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Jefferson County is the only county in Florida which borders both the state of Georgia and the Gulf of Mexico

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Thomas County, Ga.
  • Northeast: Brooks County, Ga.
  • East: Madison County
  • Southeast: Taylor County
  • South: Gulf of Mexico
  • Southwest: Wakulla County
  • West: Leon County


The Jefferson County School District is the only one in Florida operating under a declared financial emergency due to budget deficits. On April 23, 2009, the Florida Department of Education took over financial oversight of the district. In June 2011, the District exited financial emergency one (1) year sooner than expected due to hard work and sacrifice of the part of District faculty and staff. The District has now operated for two years with a fund balance well over the mandated 3%. The District is proud to be financially sound. Academically, the District is showing huge gains in reading and writing. In 2013 there is a new sense of excitement on the part of students, faculty and the community as all are working hard to provide a high quality education delivered with fidelity in a safe, secure environment. Career Academies have been introduced on the campus of Jefferson County Middle High School offering students options in career areas connected to the local economy. The Jefferson County Tigers won the State Championship in Football in 2012.

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