Gadsden County, Florida

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Gadsden County, Florida
Seal of Gadsden County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Gadsden County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded24 June 1832
Largest cityQuincy
 • Total528.49 sq mi (1,369 km2)
 • Land516.13 sq mi (1,337 km2)
 • Water12.35 sq mi (32 km2), 2.34%
 • (2010)46,389
 • Density90/sq mi (34.69/km²)
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Gadsden County, Florida
Seal of Gadsden County, Florida
Map of Florida highlighting Gadsden County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded24 June 1832
Largest cityQuincy
 • Total528.49 sq mi (1,369 km2)
 • Land516.13 sq mi (1,337 km2)
 • Water12.35 sq mi (32 km2), 2.34%
 • (2010)46,389
 • Density90/sq mi (34.69/km²)

Gadsden County is a county located in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Florida. The 2000 census recorded the population was 45,087. The 2010 census, taken ten years later, saw the population increase to 46,389---an increase of 1,302 people comprising a 2.8% population increase. Its county seat is Quincy[1]. Gadsden County is the only predominantly African-American county in Florida. Gadsden county is home to two high schools - West Gadsden High School (merged from the former Chattahoochee High and Greensboro High) located on the western outskirts of Quincy near Greensboro, and East Gadsden High School (merged from the former James A. Shanks High and Havana Northside High) located on Hwy 90 East of Quincy.

The county is part of the Tallahassee, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Gadsden County was created in 1823. It was named for James Gadsden of South Carolina, who served as Andrew Jackson's aide-de-camp in Florida in 1818. Gadsden County is historically known for its tobacco crop which is obsolete today.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 528.49 square miles (1,368.8 km2), of which 516.13 square miles (1,336.8 km2) (or 97.66%) is land and 12.35 square miles (32.0 km2) (or 2.34%) is water.[2]

Gadsden County is part of the Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area. Gadsden County is in the Eastern Time Zone. Its western border with Jackson County forms the boundary in this area between the Eastern and Central Time Zones.

Adjacent counties[edit]


Level of Education
LevelGadsden Co.FloridaU.S.

College/Associate Degree21.9%28.8%27.4%
Bachelor's Degree8.0%14.3%15.5%
Master's or Ph. D.4.9%8.1%8.9%


The Gadsden County Public Library System has 3 branches.

William A. McGill Library10:00-8:0010:00-8:0012:00-8:0010:00-8:0010:00-6:0010:00-6:00Closed
Havana Branch11:00-8:0011:00-8:0011:00-6:0011:00-6:0011:00-6:009:00-12:00Closed
Chattahoochee Branch11:00-8:0011:00-8:0011:00-6:0011:00-6:0011:00-6:009:00-12:00Closed


Gadsden County is known as an unusual stronghold of the Democratic Party in north Florida. Gadsden shares this distinction with Leon County and Jefferson County to its east, and Alachua County to its southeast. All of northern Florida leans toward the Republican Party with the exception of these four counties[citation needed]. (see Red states and blue states for map). Gadsden County was the only Florida county carried by Democrat Michael Dukakis in the 1988 U. S. Presidential election.

Presidential elections results


Historical populations
Est. 201246,5280.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2012 Estimate[4]

Gadsden County is unique in Florida, in that it is the state's only county with an African American majority population. As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 45,087 people, 15,867 households, and 11,424 families residing in the county. The population density was 87 people per square mile (34/km²). There were 17,703 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 57.14% Black or African American, 38.70% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.76% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 6.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,867 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.50% were married couples living together, 22.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 23.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.40% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 28.90% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,248, and the median income for a family was $36,238. Males had a median income of $27,159 versus $21,721 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,499. About 16.40% of families and 19.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.50% of those under age 18 and 16.90% of those age 65 or over.

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Gadsden County has at least four existing railroad lines, three of which are owned by CSX. The first two CSX lines being P&A Subdivision, a line formerly owned by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, and the other is the Tallahassee Subdivision, a former Seaboard Air Line Railroad line. These two lines meet in Chatahoochee and served Amtrak's Sunset Limited until it was truncated to New Orleans in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. A third line is the Apalachicola Northern Railroad, a line that spans as far south as Port St. Joe. The line enters from Liberty County, then crosses SR 12 in Greensborough, runs under I-10, follows CR 268 in Hardaway, and then turns west into Chatahoochee. The fourth line is the third CSX Line, the Bainbridge Subdivision, which runs along the west side of US 27 from Leon County by way of a bridge over the Ochlockonee River to the Georgia State Line. While some spurs still exist, other lines within the county were abandoned.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 30°35′N 84°37′W / 30.58°N 84.61°W / 30.58; -84.61