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County population in 2012: 15,718 (23% urban, 77% rural); it was 13,332 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,137
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,851
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,995
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,347 (it was 936 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

33%

Land area: 555 sq. mi.
Water area: 190.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 29 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Gulf County: 83.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (17.3%), Construction (14.3%), Public administration (14.0%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (10.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 67%
  • Government: 26%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 4%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Median resident age:  42.0 years
Florida median age:  40.0 years

Males: 9,484  (44.9%)
Females: 6,379  (55.1%)

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Gulf County,FL real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Gulf County:

2.0 people
Florida:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $34,890 ($30,276 in 1999)
This county:

$34890
Florida:

$44736

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $459 (lower quartile is $316, upper quartile is $616)
This county:

$459
State:

$802


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $131,729 (it was $67,900 in 2000)
Gulf County:

$131,729
Florida:

$182,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $64,869 - $230,002

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $300,390
Here:

$300,390
State:

$275,879

Townhouses or other attached units: $394,816
Here:

$394,816
State:

$195,815

In 2-unit structures: $154,232
Here:

$154,232
State:

$200,248

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $313,274
Here:

$313,274
State:

$221,364

Mobile homes: $98,204
Here:

$98,204
State:

$43,568

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $15,989
Here:

$15,989
State:

$47,032
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,186
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $342

Institutionalized population: 3,442

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Gulf County, FL map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $956 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $498 (0.4%)


Gulf County household income distribution in 2009 Gulf County home values distribution


Gulf County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 17.5%
(15.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.2% for Black residents, 28.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 34.7% for American Indian residents, 5.3% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 37 years old, American Indian residents: 54 years old, Asian residents: 37 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 33 years old, Other race residents: 29 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

16.7%
Whole state:

12.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

7.9%
Whole state:

5.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Gulf County is $420 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $634 a month.

Cities in this county include: Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka.

Gulf County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Zip CodeCityCertified Residential DatabaseMandatory Residential DatabaseMandatory Non-Residential Database
Buildings MeasuredAbove 4 pCi/L (%)Buildings MeasuredAbove 4 pCi/L (%)Buildings MeasuredAbove 4 pCi/L (%)
32456Port Saint Joe702020
32465Wewahitchka--1010

Local government website: WWW.GULFCOUNTYGOVERNMENT.COM

Click to draw/clear Gulf County borders

Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Gulf County: Cape San Blas Lighthouse (A), Porter Landing (B), Saint Joseph Bay Light (C), Kentucky Landing (D), Kenny Camp (E), Odena Landing (F), Lister Camp (G), Douglas Landing (H), Burgess Landing (I), Bryants Landing (J), Willis Landing (K), Listers Landing (L), Sharp Hardy Homestead (M), Ringjaw Camp (N), Gaskin Still (O), Wetappo Forest Ranger Station (P), Wetappo Side Camp (Q), Roberts Camp (R), South Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department (S), Wetappo Creek Volunteer Fire Department (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Parker Plaza Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Gulf County include: Dalkeith Church (A), First Baptist Church (B), Glenwood Church of Christ (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Wetappo Cemetery (1), Williamsburg Cemetery (2), Forest Hill Cemetery (3), Kemp Cemetery (4), Robertson Cemetery (5), Roberts Cemetery (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and swamps: Lands Lake (A), Harrison Lake (B), Dead Lakes (C), Devils Elbow (D), Indian Bayou (E), Lake Coma (F), Lockey Lake (G), Willis Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Little Creek (A), Little Double Creek (B), Clark Creek (C), Virginia Cut (D), Cedar Creek (E), Big Branch (F), Right Prong Stone Mill Creek (G), Douglas Slough (H), Chipola River (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Gulf County include: Dead Lakes State Park (1), Saint Joseph Peninsula State Park (2), Edward Ball Wildlife Management Area (3), G U Parker Wildlife Management Area (4), Gaskin Wildlife Management Area (5), T H Stone Memorial Saint Joseph Peninsula State Park (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach: Money Beach (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Bay County , Calhoun County , Franklin County , Liberty County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 592
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 72.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 275 (55% naturalized citizens)

Gulf County:

2.1%
Whole state:

16.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 68.1%

Gulf County marital status for males
Gulf County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Gulf County with a mortgage: 1,391 (124 second mortgage, 100 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,318

Here:

51.3% with mortgage
State:

71.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 48.69%
Here48.7%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 6,492
Total congregations: 32

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of GodInternational Pentecostal Holiness ChurchCatholic Church
Adherents3,592 (55.3%)918 (14.1%)596 (9.2%)317 (4.9%)275 (4.2%)
Congregations10 (31.3%)4 (12.5%)3 (9.4%)2 (6.3%)2 (6.3%)
NameEpiscopal Church USA National Primitive Baptist ConventionVineyard USAChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Other
Adherents190 (2.9%)180 (2.8%)156 (2.4%)86 (1.3%)182 (2.8%)
Congregations2 (6.3%)1 (3.1%)1 (3.1%)2 (6.3%)5 (15.6%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Gulf County - Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

1.91 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Gulf County:

0.64 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

1.28 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
This county:

3.81 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

3.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
Gulf County:

3.18 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

7.45 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.3%
Florida:

9.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

25.5%
Florida:

23.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Gulf County:

12.7%
State:

14.0%


Agriculture in Gulf County:

Average size of farms: 151 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $16,308
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $18,035
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.52%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $14,707
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.67%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years

Tornado activity:

Gulf County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is below Florida state average. It is 1.1 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 4 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 1/24/1993, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 2 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Gulf County (25) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 19
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 10, Tropical Storms: 6, Floods: 4, Winds: 3, Fires: 3, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Freeze: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (19%)
  • Public administration (15%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Chemicals (4%)
  • Utilities (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Food and beverage stores (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (3%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Gulf County (%):





Gulf County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,572 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 739 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 6 (0%)
  • Walked: 68 (1%)
  • Other means: 61 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 175 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Gulf County, Florida in 2000:

People in group quarters in Gulf County, Florida in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $52,630.

9.57% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($37,852 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.57%
Florida average:

8.71%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.63% relocated from other counties in Florida ($22,092 average AGI)
3.94% relocated from other states ($15,760 average AGI)
Gulf County:

3.94%
Florida average:

4.24%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Bay County, FL  2.71% ($31,538 average AGI)
from Leon County, FL  0.42% ($48,000)
from Calhoun County, FL  0.35% ($30,667)
from Jackson County, FL  0.25% ($28,364)


8.75% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($36,476 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.75%
Florida average:

7.73%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.50% relocated to other counties in Florida ($20,658 average AGI)
3.25% relocated to other states ($15,818 average AGI)
Gulf County:

3.25%
Florida average:

3.31%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Bay County, FL  2.78% ($25,655 average AGI)
to Calhoun County, FL  0.42% ($35,833)
to Franklin County, FL  0.35% ($69,400)
to Leon County, FL  0.35% ($28,600)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.6

Births per 1000 population in Gulf County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Gulf County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Gulf County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,730 (2,268 aged, 462 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 7.24
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6579.330
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 217.140
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 17429.07

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1016.100
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1109.120
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 14.31

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 37.1
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 57.25

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 7.16

Household type by relationship:

Households: 12,413

Size of family households: 1,802 2-persons, 802 3-persons, 556 4-persons, 253 5-persons, 65 6-persons, 51 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,528 1-person, 237 2-persons, 30 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

95.5% of residents of Gulf County speak English at home.
2.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (65% speak English very well, 26% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
1.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (75% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (61% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 12% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (56% speak English very well, 44% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $98,062,000 ($7098 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,815,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $48,395,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $28,057,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $34,000
Federal grants: $20,189,000
Federal procurement contracts: $428,000 ($197,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $959,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,730,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,722,000
Federal Government insurance: $236,358,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 600
Here:

43 per 1000 residents
State:

63 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 821
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +18
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+30 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -381
Here -27 per 1000 residents
State +59 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Gulf County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.47 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

3.8

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Gulf County, Florida
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 13
  • 2 rooms: 78
  • 3 rooms: 139
  • 4 rooms: 516
  • 5 rooms: 1,079
  • 6 rooms: 1,117
  • 7 rooms: 705
  • 8 rooms: 221
  • 9+ rooms: 127
  • 1 room: 12
  • 2 rooms: 29
  • 3 rooms: 153
  • 4 rooms: 292
  • 5 rooms: 277
  • 6 rooms: 142
  • 7 rooms: 26
  • 8 rooms: 5
  • 9+ rooms: 0
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Gulf County, Florida
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 18
  • 1 bedroom: 174
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,017
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,260
  • 4 bedrooms: 467
  • 5+ bedrooms: 59
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 156
  • 2 bedrooms: 440
  • 3 bedrooms: 313
  • 4 bedrooms: 2
  • 5+ bedrooms: 5
Cars and other vehicles available in Gulf County, Florida in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 211
  • 1 vehicle: 1,308
  • 2 vehicles: 1,816
  • 3 vehicles: 459
  • 4 vehicles: 133
  • 5+ vehicles: 68
  • no vehicle: 153
  • 1 vehicle: 504
  • 2 vehicles: 202
  • 3 vehicles: 77
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

58% of Gulf County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 41% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 64% lived in Florida.

Gulf County:

58.5%
State average:

51.1%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $75,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Gulf County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (50.5%)
  • Utility gas (36.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11.1%)
  • Wood (1.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.5%)
  • Electricity (50.2%)
  • Utility gas (36.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11.9%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 41
Here:

2.8%
Florida:

11.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 17
Here:

2.5%
Florida:

9.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 29
Here:

5.4%
Florida:

21.0%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Gulf County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Gulf County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Gulf County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Gulf County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Gulf County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Gulf County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Gulf County, FL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James11670.9 years
William9673.7 years
John9472.7 years
Mary8277.1 years
Robert6972.8 years
Charles4770.0 years
Willie4473.8 years
George3771.8 years
Thomas3673.1 years
Annie3581.1 years
Most common last names in Gulf County, FL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Williams5174.3 years
Smith4774.2 years
Davis4777.6 years
Jones4474.1 years
Whitfield3573.2 years
Hall2570.8 years
Thomas2370.4 years
White2274.4 years
Johnson2177.6 years
Martin2069.0 years
Businesses in Gulf County, FL
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware2McDonald's1
Burger King1RadioShack1
CVS1Subway2
FedEx2U-Haul1
H&R Block1UPS1
MainStay1

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