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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WaltonCounty is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 55,043. Walton County was
created on December 29, 1824 from Escambia County and Jackson
County. The countyseat is DeFuniak
Springs. This county is named for George Walton, first
Secretary of Florida Territory.
Walton County is included in the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Etymology - Origin of Walton County Name
This county is named for
George Walton, first Secretary of Florida Territory.
Walton County was created in 1824. The county is named for George Walton, Secretary of the Florida territory from 1821 to
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,238 square miles (3,206 km2), of which,
1,058 square miles (2,739 km2) of it is land and 180 square miles (467 km2) of it (14.58%) is water.
Walton county is located in northwest Florida. The county
is home to the highest natural point in Florida: Britton Hill, at 345
feet (105 m).
Bordering counties are as follows:
Northeast: Geneva County, Ala.; Holmes County
East: Washington County
Southeast: Bay County
South: Gulf of Mexico
West: Okaloosa County
Northwest: Covington County, Ala.
The county is served by the Walton County School District.