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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.

Hamilton County, Florida

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Hamilton County is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 14,799. Hamilton County was created on December 26, 1827 from Jefferson County. The county seat is Jasper. This county is named for Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), the first United States Secretary of the Treasury and a Founding Father.

Etymology - Origin of Hamilton County Name

The county is named for Alexander Hamilton, first United States Secretary of the Treasury.


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Hamilton County History

Hamilton County is Florida's 15th county, established on December 26, 1827, from a segment of Escambia County. The county gains its name from Alexander Hamilton, the first US Secretary of the Treasury. Jasper is the county seat.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 519 square miles (1,345 km2), of which, 515 square miles (1,333 km2) of it is land and 4 square miles (12 km2) of it (0.86%) is water.

Hamilton County is located in North Central Florida. Georgia forms its northern border. The county (often called a peninsula within a peninsula) is separated from the rest of Florida by the Withlacoochee River on the west and the Suwannee River to the east and south. In the middle of the county is the Alapaha River, called the "River of Sand," which disappears underground during certain parts of the year leaving a dry, sandy riverbed.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Echols County, Ga.
  • Southeast: Columbia County
  • South: Suwannee County
  • West: Madison County
  • Northwest: Lowndes County, Ga.


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