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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.

Duval County, Florida

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Duval County is a county located in the State of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 864,263.  Duval County was created in 1822. The county seat is Jacksonville, with which the Duval County government has been consolidated since 1968. The county is named for William Pope Duval, Governor of Florida Territory from 1822 to 1834.

Duval County is included in the Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Duval County Name

The county is named for William P. DuVal, territorial governor, 1822-1834.


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Duval County History

Duval County was created in 1822 from St. Johns County. The county is named for William Pope DuVal, Territorial Governor of Florida from 1822 to 1834. When Duval County was created it covered a massive area, from the Suwannee River on the west to the Atlantic Ocean on the east, north of a line from the mouth of the Suwannee River to Jacksonville on the St. Johns River. Alachua and Nassau Counties were created out of parts of Duval County in 1824. Clay County was created from part of Duval County in 1858. Part of St. Johns County south and east of the lower reaches of the St. Johns River was transferred to Duval County in the 1840s

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 918 square miles (2,378 km2), of which, 774 square miles (2,004 km2) of it is land and 145 square miles (374 km2) of it is water, much of it in the Atlantic Ocean. The total area is 15.74% water.

Duval county is located in north Florida. The landscape is coastal plain, however there are some rolling hills.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Nassau County
  • East: North Atlantic Ocean
  • South: St. Johns County; Clay County
  • West: Baker County


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