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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.

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St. Johns County, Florida

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St. Johns County is a county of the US state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the county's population was 190,039. St. Johns County was created on July 21, 1821 as an original county. The county seat and largest incorporated city is St. Augustine. This county is named from the St. Johns River, which in turn derived its name from San Juan del Puerto.

Etymology - Origin of St. Johns County Name

This county is named from the St. Johns River, which in turn derived its name from San Juan del Puerto.

Demographics:

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St. Johns County History

St. Johns County was created in 1821. The county is named for St. John the Baptist. St. Johns County and Escambia County were Florida's original two counties with the Suwannee River being the boundary between the two.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 821 square miles (2,127 km2), of which, 609 square miles (1,577 km2) of it is land and 212 square miles (550 km2) of it is water, much of it in the Atlantic Ocean. The total area is 25.86% water.

 St. Johns county is located in northern Florida. The county's main economic base is tourism. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Fort Matanzas National Monument, and Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve are located in St. Johns county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Duval County
  • East: North Atlantic Ocean
  • South: Flagler County
  • West: Putnam County; Clay County

Education

Public schools are run by the St. Johns County School District, headed by the St. Johns County School Board, an elected five-member board which appoints a superintendent to administer schools' operations. The system has grown considerably since 2000 to accommodate the county's rapid population growth. It is Florida's top performing school district in Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores, the state's standardized test for public schools. In addition, the district received 2011 Energy Star Top Performer and Leader from the EPA.

For the 2014-2015 school year the district comprised:

18 elementary schools (K-5)
3 K-8 school (K-8)
7 middle schools (6-8)
7 high schools (9-12)
1 alternative center (K-12)
6 charter schools (including a vocational-technical college)
1 virtual school

St. Johns County schools have received a state government grade of "A" for their work with the students and FCAT grading from 2004 to 2014.

Additionally, the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind is a residential school for deaf and blind students, funded and operated by the state of Florida. The Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine operates St. Joseph Academy, a private high school in St. Augustine.

Higher education

St. Johns River State College, a state college in the Florida College System, has a campus in St. Johns County near St. Augustine. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associates degrees and two bachelor's degrees.

Flagler College is a private liberal arts institution located in downtown St. Augustine. It has been recognized as a "Best Value College" by US News & World Report.

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is a school for Physical and Occupational Therapy Education.

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